Amy Winehouse Biopic Back To Black Is Off To A Good Start At The Box Office – SlashFilm


The film tells the tale of Amy Winehouse, the Grammy-winning artist who passed away in 2011 at the age of 27. It traces her journey from the streets of Camden that she called home to her ascension to global superstardom, as well as her struggles that followed. The movie takes its title from the artist’s famed album of the same now, which has since been regarded as one of the greatest of all time. Marisa Abela (‘Barbie”) is playing Winehouse in the film, with a supporting cast that includes Jack O’Connell (“Ferrari”), Eddie Marsan (“The World’s End”), and Lesley Manville (“Phantom Thread”).

Naturally, the high, attainable bar for a movie like this is 2022’s “Elvis,” which pulled in an incredible $288 million worldwide. The lower end of expectations would be last year’s “Priscilla” from A24, which topped out at $33 million worldwide. On the completely unattainable end is 2018’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” which made more than $900 million and remains a ridiculous anomaly in the music biopic space. So yes, there is a wide range that these sorts of films can fall into, depending on how things shake out.

It’s difficult to say what the level of appeal will be in North America next month. The film will be opening against the family-friendly “If,” as well as Lionsgate’s horror flick “The Strangers: Chapter 1.” Plus, “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” is opening the weekend before, with “The Garfield Movie” and “Furiosa” due out the following weekend. Also of note; critics have not been particularly kind to the biopic, as it currently boasts a mere 47% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. So it will have some hurdles to clear, to be certain.

“Back to Black” hits theaters on May 17, 2024, in the U.S.

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