'Gangster Squad' Misfires in Brazil

on February 05, 2013

gnagster.jpgAction flicks usually translate well overseas, but the Ruben Fleischer cops versus robbers drama Gangster Squad -- or in its Portuguese translation Hunting the Gangsters -- was the least-grossing new release of the weekend in Brazil. With just $297K across 172 theaters, Gangster Squad's per-screen average was just $1731, and it nearly missed landing in the country's top ten, entering the charts at #9. Given that Gangster Squad's big name cast includes Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, its hard to pin down the cause of the film's financial failure. Ironically, gangster films tend to be Brazil's biggest export, like last year's American art house hit Elite Squad 2.

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