Is The Bikeriders Hit or Flop? How Is The R-rated Crime Drama Doing at Box Office?

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Is The Bikeriders Hit or Flop? How Is The R-rated Crime Drama Doing at Box Office?
Is The Bikeriders Hit or Flop? How Is The R-rated Crime Drama Doing at Box Office?

The latest release from Focus Features, Jeff Nichols’s The Bikeriders, has received mostly positive reviews from critics and the audience, especially for the impressive direction and screenplay of Jeff Nichols and the strong performances from all the talented cast members. Overall, a binge-worthy film based on motorcycle culture. Not just good reviews, but the R-rated crime drama has also stood at the expense of critics at the box office, but still, there are disappointments for the production and distributors, as the numbers are not enough for the film’s success. 

Is The Bikeriders Hit or Flop?

Is The Bikeriders Hit or Flop? How Is The R-rated Crime Drama Doing at Box Office?
Is The Bikeriders Hit or Flop? How Is The R-rated Crime Drama Doing at Box Office? (Image Source: Focus Features)

Directed and written by Jeff Nichols, The Bikeriders was released on June 21, 2024, across 2600+ theaters in the United States and Canada, alongside The Exorcism and Thelma. As per Box Office Mojo, it grossed $4.10 million on its first day and $9.69 million on its opening weekend at the domestic box office, which is an expected but disappointing debut despite being a small-scale R-rated film. Overall, the current numbers stand at $20.37 million nationally and $12.11 million overseas, for a global total of $32.48 million[1]

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Austin Butler’s The Bikeriders comes with a production budget of $40 million, and just compared to the production cost, the box office numbers for the film are not good, indicating a box office failure for Focus Features and Universal Pictures. Despite receiving positive feedback from critics, the box office performance of the R-rated adaptation is really disappointing; it does not matter if it’s performed as expected. All things are crystal clear here, but still, for the strong analysts, The Bikeriders needs at least $60–70 million to become a successful film at the box office after accounting for marketing and other expenses, which is almost impossible. 

Is The Bikeriders Hit or Flop? How Is The R-rated Crime Drama Doing at Box Office?
Is The Bikeriders Hit or Flop? How Is The R-rated Crime Drama Doing at Box Office? (Image Source: Focus Features)

It’s clear that The Bikeriders is a box office disappointment, but according to insiders, there is no loss for Focus Features if the film succeeds in reaching the $30–40 million mark domestically. But still, spending $40 million on The Bikeriders is a wrong decision, especially when the film comes with an adult rating. Not just that, the scheduled release date also leaves a negative impact because the box office around the film is dominated by big films, especially Inside Out 2 and Bad Boys 4, and it is almost impossible to survive in such a situation for a small-budget film.

In terms of critical response, The Bikeriders has received a 6.9/10 IMDb rating based on 23k votes, and on Rotten Tomatoes, it scored 81/100% based on 251 critics’ reviews. That box office numbers are indeed more important for the makers; it does not matter whether the reviews are in favor or not. Read To More: Is The Bikeriders on Amazon Prime or HBO Max?


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