The indie film “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,” directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, was the talk of the town this year at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won two top awards and sold for just above $4 million to Fox Searchlight.
But it looks like all the buzz surrounding its release didn’t translate into box office success. Since its June release, despite positive reviews, “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” — a tale of a young boy’s falling in love with a terminally ill high school classmate — has grossed only $6.2 million at domestic theaters.
"Teenagers this summer seem to be very taken with the more mainstream fare," said Hollywood Reporter film writer Pamela McClintock. "When I went to see the film, I didn't see one teenager in the audience."
But "Earl" isn't the only Sundance sensation struggling to sell tickets. "Dope," which also premiered to widespread praise at the festival this year, is also doing poorly at the box office.
The comedy by filmmaker Rick Famuyiwa about three nerdy kids trying to get respect in a rough Los Angeles neighborhood, has stalled at $16 million at the box office, a mediocre return for the critically acclaimed movie.