To say that the Zac Efron lead movie ‘We Are Your Friends’ had a bad opening weekend would be the understatement of the century. This studio film debut for director Max Joseph is now in the history books as the 3rd biggest failure ever for a major release. Major releases are considered to be any movie that debuts on over 2,000 screens. This epic bomb of a movie debuted on over 2,300 screens and brought in a sickly $1.8 million in ticket sales. The film cost $6 million to make and was expected to bring in over $8 million on it’s opening weekend.
A bad opening weekend is one thing for a leading actor to take but this was historic, will it mean the end of Zac Efron in leading roles for major studio films? The short answer is, probably not. This epic bomb will definitely hurt Zac’s bargaining power for future films but it won’t be ending his career. What it will mean for for Zac is that he will probably not be allowed to make his own vanity projects with the backing of studio dollars again in the future. You see the studios never really liked this project to begin with, this movie was only made because it was Zac’s pet project and now that it has failed it is very unlikely he will get another shot. Jeff Goldstein, Warner Bros. executive vice president for domestic distribution was quoted as saying “This was a passion project for Zac Efron, and we believe in him,” he added “Yes, the result was disappointing, but this was a small film.”
So there you have it Zac Efron may take a black eye on his resume with this one but he’s far from over.