Keanu Reeves' latest science-fiction thriller Replicas, a movie where The Matrix star plays a biologist who resurrects his family as clones after they die in a tragic accident, has not had an excellent adventure to the big screen. The film, which carries a reportedly $30 million budget, was picked up for distribution at the Toronto Film Festival in 2017 but was only just released in the US, where it debuted on 2,329 screens and only grossed $2.5 million. In a word: bummer.
While Reeves has had flops and bombs in his career, like any movie star, this one is particularly brutal. As The Wrap points out, the opening weekend tally is his worst debut on over 1,000 screens, performing well below the now forgotten Kevin Kline comedy I Love You to Death, which featured Reeves in a supporting role. According to Box Office Mojo, Replica's $2.5 million haul puts it in the 30 worst wide 2,000 screen openings of all-time. Smaller Reeves films, like last year's not great romantic comedy Destination Wedding with Winona Ryder, might have made less, but they were not given as wide of a release.
The film's distribution strategy has some wondering why the movie, which also features Silicon Valley star Thomas Middleditch, was even given a wide release in the first place. With so many middling science-fiction movies available to watch on Netflix and other VOD platforms, Replicas had a difficult time standing out in a crowded marketplace. Why seek it out in a theater when you could watch Bird Box or Extinction from your couch? As the trailer indicates, this isn't a fight-driven action extravaganza like John Wick; it's more somber and downbeat. His character may know biology, but he doesn't appear to know kung-fu.