Monday, November 01, 2004

Kidman Film Failing at Box Office

Controversial Kidman film fails at the box office
Last Updated Mon, 01 Nov 2004 15:45:33 EST

LOS ANGELES - Birth, Nicole Kidman's latest film, failed to crack the top ten at the box office this weekend – another indication that star power isn't what it used to be.

The picture also features Cameron Bright, a young actor from Nanaimo, B.C., who plays a 10-year-old who is in love with Kidman.

The movie earned a paltry $1.7 million U.S. at the box office, putting it in the No. 11 slot.

In the film, Bright claims to be the reincarnation of Kidman's dead husband.

Directed by Sexy Beast's Jonathan Glazer, Birth caused a stir even before it was released.

When it was screened at the Venice Film Festival, the audience reacted with boos during one scene in which Bright joins Kidman in a bathtub.

Kidman, arguably the hottest female draw at the box office, has defended her onscreen relationship with Bright.

"I see this as a beautiful film about love. I do not see it as something that is exploitive or distasteful," she told the Associated Press in the run-up to the film's release.

By contrast, ticket buyers did not see the film – which was made for $20 million – as beautiful.

Not even the bathtub controversy was enough to pique the interest of moviegoers, who instead spent their money on films like Sarah Michelle Gellar's The Grudge, which remained in the top spot for the second week in a row.

Bright, 11, has been making a name for himself playing preternatural children. He also appeared alongside Robert De Niro and Greg Kinnear as a clone in Godsend earlier this year.

Written by CBC News Online staff

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