If you ever watched all three seasons of Growing Up Gotti on A&E, you’ll remember Victoria Gotti pretending to be some kind of Miranda Priestly of Star Magazine while her three sons tried to be singers or princes of Long Island or whatever. It was canceled after the third season, but after last weekend’s box office results, it’s clear people would way rather see Victoria’s staged reality show than watch Kelly Preston and John Travolta sully the good Gotti name with their hairpieces, faux gaudy jewelry, and sneers! And it flopped without any help from Lindsay Lohan.
IndieWire says Gotti, John’s passion project that is on track to be the worst-reviewed movie of 2018, is struggling to make even a fraction of its production budget. The movie has a 0% Rotten Tomatoes rating and it brought in around $1.7 million during its opening weekend run. Hoo boy, even Gigli is toking up after reading those results to say, “You in danger, gurl.” But rather than just let this thing out to pasture, the film’s marketing team is putting up a fight! This thing cost $10 million to make, and they paid off a lot of people to it premiered at Cannes, goddamit! These critics don’t know shit!
Audiences loved Gotti but critics don’t want you to see it… The question is why??? Trust the people and see it for yourself! pic.twitter.com/K6a9jAO4UH
— Gotti Film (@Gotti_Film) June 19, 2018
Deadline reports MoviePass invested in the “low seven figures” into Gotti, and has been marketing it heavily to its subscribers. One indie studio head thinks that’s a shady movie:
“It used to be in distribution, we’d all gossip whether a studio was buying tickets to their own movie to goose their opening. But in the case of MoviePass, there’s no secret: They’re literally buying the tickets to their own movie!”
MoviePass’ stock is also trading around $0.34/share, so birds of a feather! Even if this thing does make Gigli look like Citizen Kane, John and Kelly can at least take solace that this thing will be on a permanent loop at every Scientology Center in the Lower 48 ‘til kingdom/Xenu come!