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We Are Your Friends suffers one of the worst Hollywood openings of all time

08.31.2015

In case you missed it (and according to the box office numbers, you probably did), WE ARE YOUR FRIENDS is the flick starring Zac Efron as a DJ trying to break into the EDM scene as well as Emily Ratajkowski's panties. Sure, there's a sub-plot about his friends working for a shady Jon Bernthal and also a sub-plot about Wes Bentley as a music producer and . . . well, according to our review from Chris Bumbray, it's all kinda "sub-plot." The movie doesn't have fun with its EDM premise and pretty much fails on all fronts, which garnered it a measly $1.8 million from 2,333 theaters. For those keeping track, that marks it as the worst opening of all time for a major studio release opening on more than 2,000 screens.

Warner Bros. executive Jeff Goldstein on the dismal release:

This was a passion project for Zac Efron, and we believe in him. Yes, the result was disappointing, but this was a small film.

Well, when your film is considered one of the worst of the worst, there's not really much else to say. It may earn some money back in the Blu-ray/DVDmarket, but I wouldn't hold my breath. The only movies that opened in as many theaters to do worse were the independent animated releases of THE OOGIELOVES IN THE BIG BALLOON ADVENTURE and DELGO, as well as the re-releae of SAW last year.

So what would you attribute to the extremely low attendance of WE ARE YOUR FRIENDS? Poorly-made trailers? Zac Efron trying to portray a DJ in the EDM scene? Other movies currently in theaters that look far more entertaining? It certainly wasn't the worst offender on sites like Rotten Tomatoes where it currently sits at a 43% rotten, but in any case, it was enough to scare people off. Chris Bumbray stated in his review that, "Hopefully for Efron's sake this will be quickly forgotten as this is about as dire as movie-going gets." Judging from these numbers, that's exactly what's going to happen.

Yeah, I think I've seen enough.

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8:25PM on 09/02/2015
Thought "Pixels" was supposed to be The Worst Movie Of All Time. Then before that it was "Gigli". C'mon Hollywood, make up your mind.

At least Sandler's breathing a sigh of relief..."Oh thank gawd, they forgot about 'Pixels'"....
Thought "Pixels" was supposed to be The Worst Movie Of All Time. Then before that it was "Gigli". C'mon Hollywood, make up your mind.

At least Sandler's breathing a sigh of relief..."Oh thank gawd, they forgot about 'Pixels'"....
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11:40AM on 09/02/2015
Go figure, a film based on the "DJ's are musicians" trend falls flat. Maybe someone can remix it and put it back out?
Go figure, a film based on the "DJ's are musicians" trend falls flat. Maybe someone can remix it and put it back out?
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10:56PM on 08/31/2015
"Let's make a movie about one of the most soulless genres of music ever" they said...

"What could possibly go wrong?" they said...
"Let's make a movie about one of the most soulless genres of music ever" they said...

"What could possibly go wrong?" they said...
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10:00PM on 08/31/2015
I understand that this is a passion project for Efron but I don't think he's Brand Name actor that people would want to see.
I understand that this is a passion project for Efron but I don't think he's Brand Name actor that people would want to see.
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9:18PM on 08/31/2015
If only the description was something like this:
WE ARE YOUR FRIENDS is the flick starring Zac Efron as a DJ trying to break into the BDSM scene as well as Emily Ratajkowski's panties.

Now THAT movie will sell like fruitcakes!
If only the description was something like this:
WE ARE YOUR FRIENDS is the flick starring Zac Efron as a DJ trying to break into the BDSM scene as well as Emily Ratajkowski's panties.

Now THAT movie will sell like fruitcakes!
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8:30PM on 08/31/2015
Apparently, nobody wants to be 'friends' with this film. Looked terrible from the start and gave no notion whatsoever to why we should give a shit about these characters who seemed like douchebags.
Apparently, nobody wants to be 'friends' with this film. Looked terrible from the start and gave no notion whatsoever to why we should give a shit about these characters who seemed like douchebags.
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7:52PM on 08/31/2015
I think Efron isnt a bad actor... i more happy this bombed cuz I have seen one or 2 eps of Catfish and the dude Max (who directed this movie) is annoying as shit!
I think Efron isnt a bad actor... i more happy this bombed cuz I have seen one or 2 eps of Catfish and the dude Max (who directed this movie) is annoying as shit!
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9:04AM on 09/01/2015
How is Max annoying? He is more down to earth than Nev. And he usually has a more natural reaction to the retards doing the catfishing.
How is Max annoying? He is more down to earth than Nev. And he usually has a more natural reaction to the retards doing the catfishing.
7:21PM on 08/31/2015
I assumed that there was a drunk bet between Efron, Teller, and Jordan on the set of That Awkward Moment to see who could make a movie worse than that one. Surprise, they all win! (And we, the audience, are the losers).
I assumed that there was a drunk bet between Efron, Teller, and Jordan on the set of That Awkward Moment to see who could make a movie worse than that one. Surprise, they all win! (And we, the audience, are the losers).
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7:14PM on 08/31/2015

Passion project/

More like a shitty project.
More like a shitty project.
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6:11PM on 08/31/2015

Yeah, passion project?

That says a whole lot of douchey things about Effron.
That says a whole lot of douchey things about Effron.
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3:36PM on 08/31/2015

Passion Project?

Yikes.
Yikes.
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3:18PM on 08/31/2015

never heard of it

havent see a single trailer for this, what is EDM?
havent see a single trailer for this, what is EDM?
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6:06PM on 08/31/2015
Electronic Dance Music.
Electronic Dance Music.
9:26PM on 08/31/2015
Emasculated Domesticated Males.
Emasculated Domesticated Males.
2:44PM on 08/31/2015

Wasn't that bad

It really wasn't that bad. Wasn't as good as I was expecting it to be. Could of been a whole lot better. Felt like The girl next door but and EDM version. But I still enjoyed it.
It really wasn't that bad. Wasn't as good as I was expecting it to be. Could of been a whole lot better. Felt like The girl next door but and EDM version. But I still enjoyed it.
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2:40PM on 08/31/2015
They made the strange choice to name the movie after a Justice song from 2006, which for EDM/electronica fans is an "in joke" of sorts, but for most people makes it sound like a movie about hugging therapy. Combine that with lousy promotion and no interest in Zac Efron as a DJ, and it's not going to get kids into theaters.
They made the strange choice to name the movie after a Justice song from 2006, which for EDM/electronica fans is an "in joke" of sorts, but for most people makes it sound like a movie about hugging therapy. Combine that with lousy promotion and no interest in Zac Efron as a DJ, and it's not going to get kids into theaters.
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3:21PM on 08/31/2015
It's a 2006 Simian song. Justice did a remix of it in 2008. And the creation of the remix probably makes for a better plot than watching Zac Efron "passionately" portray what he thinks the EDM scene looks like.
It's a 2006 Simian song. Justice did a remix of it in 2008. And the creation of the remix probably makes for a better plot than watching Zac Efron "passionately" portray what he thinks the EDM scene looks like.
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2:28PM on 08/31/2015
Zero promotion and marketing, terrible movie title, poor release date scheduling, boring trailers.
Zero promotion and marketing, terrible movie title, poor release date scheduling, boring trailers.
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9:06AM on 09/01/2015
Boom! You summed it all up perfectly.
Boom! You summed it all up perfectly.
1:24PM on 08/31/2015
For being a wide released movie, I cannot recall seeing any trailers, billboards, etc. for this one.
For being a wide released movie, I cannot recall seeing any trailers, billboards, etc. for this one.
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12:53PM on 08/31/2015
For me, from the few commercials I have seen I had little idea what the movie was actually about. It focused on a guy who wants to be a full time DJ but the title is "We Are Your Friends" which sounds like some kind of movie about depression or something. There's nothing saying how this film could be interesting or entertaining.
For me, from the few commercials I have seen I had little idea what the movie was actually about. It focused on a guy who wants to be a full time DJ but the title is "We Are Your Friends" which sounds like some kind of movie about depression or something. There's nothing saying how this film could be interesting or entertaining.
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12:40PM on 08/31/2015
Hmmm...Never heard of this movie. Not that I have any interest in it anyway.
Hmmm...Never heard of this movie. Not that I have any interest in it anyway.
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