Report: Usher’s ‘Hands of Stone’ Bombs At the Box Office

Published: Tuesday 30th Aug 2016 by Rashad

While R&B singer Usher has had no shortage of hits over his 20+ year career, his box office track record – like so many successful singers before him – has certainly sung a different tune.

With commercial and critical shams like ‘In the Mix’ and ‘The Faculty’ to his credit, fans of the stageblazer admittedly had higher hopes for his most recent cinematic effort, ‘Hands of Stone’ (August 26), which saw him portray legendary boxer Sugar Ray Leonard.

Monday night saw those hopes dashed, however, when final figures for the film’s premiere weekend revealed some disheartening numbers.  Get the details inside:

‘Hands of Stone’ (toplined by Robert De Niro & Edgar Ramirez), which grossed $1.7 million over its opening weekend, failed to even meet its original gross projection of $2-3 million.  Finishing 16th at the box office, the film – a critical favorite – was unsuccessful at recreating said acclaim commercially.

In its defense, the film did have a limited opening to 810 theaters and will not be granted a wide release until Wednesday, August 31st.  The plan, according to, is to “hook moviegoers heading into Labor Day.”  Read more on the risky strategy below:


With Sony/Screen Gems’ Don’t Breathe and Lionsgate’s Mechanic: Resurrection cornering Hispanic and African American crowds this weekend, Hands Of Stone will have the advantage of catering to those demographics during the Labor Day weekend stretch.  Hands Of Stone‘s release pattern is an innovative one, and responds to adults’ moviegoing habits in a Netflix-Hulu universe that can sideline that crowd at home.  (source)

Will the unconventional rollout pay off?  Only time will tell.  However, at the rate things are going, it’s not looking so good.

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  1. Ronnie August 30, 2016

    Had no idea it was out.

    • Ughhhh August 30, 2016

      Bad promotion! That’s all

  2. Theman August 30, 2016

    Those are good numbers for how many theaters the movie actually played in.

    • The Infinite One August 31, 2016

      Thank you! I want TGJ to start reporting more positive things. I know they are just doing their job but let’s celebrate more.

  3. Chileplease August 30, 2016

    Where is the promo?

  4. Credits August 30, 2016

    Critical acclaim matters more anyway.

  5. RihYonce August 30, 2016

    Why aren’t they promoting this !? Didn’t even know it was out

  6. XYZ August 31, 2016

    There was like no promo. The first time I heard bout this movie was when Usher announced his album’s release date and that Champions song

  7. Anonymous August 31, 2016

    I didn’t know it was out. I really want to see this.

  8. s.a August 31, 2016

    usher’s new video rivals is out go check it on tidal

  9. Coolness August 31, 2016

    The advertising for this film wasn’t done well AT ALL. The fact that you have people asking, “It’s out?” is solid proof of this. Promotion was beasically left to last minute when Usher and his co-star, Edgar Ramirez (the guy who portrays Roberto Duran) basically used the whole of last week to visit numerous news outlets to give interviews about the film. They were ALL OVER ESPN! I am hearing good things about the performances in general though.

  10. s.a August 31, 2016

    what kind of fans r you? usher has been promoting his film since 1 year u guys arent checking for him.

  11. Rihboy August 31, 2016

    Even with bey and jay at the premiere and pics everywhere! 😪🙉

    • BEYSTAN_ SINCE 1997 August 31, 2016

      Boo sit the f*** down! The movie studio failed Usher by not properly promoting the film. More importantly Bey & Jay attending a private screening isn’t promo or a reason to go see the movie. Clearly you still salty & licking your wounds because Beyonce upstaged & snatched Rihanna’s shine at the VMA’s!


      • Coolness August 31, 2016

        Lol, I was wondering how Jayoncé attending the premiere was going to drive up ticket sales. I guess all logic goes out the window when it comes to them. On a positive note, I think it’s really nice that they showed up to support. They all go way back 😊.

      • Rihboy August 31, 2016

        Lol salty! It’s all about drake and Rih right now. And teyanna Taylor! Nobodies talking about that overused super bowl show; that politicians are trying to help trend😹

      • BEYSTAN_ SINCE 1997 August 31, 2016


        Yes everybody is talking about Drakes rant… No talk about her 4 performances l.

  12. BEYSTAN_ SINCE 1997 August 31, 2016

    The movie studios had a hard time with the promo because all the major talk show are still on Hiatus until Septmember.

  13. MUSICHEAD August 31, 2016

    I said last week that this film would not do well just based on the fact that the promo has been terrible. I haven’t seen any tv ads so I still don’t know what the plot is. And the radio ads are just Usher talking about how he trained hard for the movie. How about u tell as about the storyline?

  14. #JACKIE August 31, 2016

    Didn’t know it was out.

  15. J August 31, 2016

    It was a limited release. I didn’t even see it playing in the local theaters. Give it a break because it hasn’t even been out for a full week

  16. Ciah’s Turtle August 31, 2016

    bad promo

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  18. FC/JC August 31, 2016

    Who even knew it was released…. Where were the red carpet events beside the one Bey & Jayz attended which was super low key….

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