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Henry Cavill’s ‘The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare’ Faces Tough Box Office Struggle Despite Positive Reviews


Key Takeaways:

– Despite receiving mainly positive critical reviews, Henry Cavill’s ‘The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare’ struggles with disappointing box office numbers.
– Fans credit the failure to recoup the film’s $60 million budget to poor decisions, including limited US release and competitive timing.
– Despite weak box office performance, the film enjoys high audience ratings on Rotten Tomatoes.

Dismal Opening Weekend for Cavil’s WWII Drama

Henry Cavill’s new film, ‘The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare’, under Guy Ritchie’s helm, opened to lackluster box office numbers despite its largely positive reviews. In its opening weekend, the film generated only $9 million domestically on a hefty budget of $60 million, landing it at the fourth position in last weekend’s collection according to Variety.

Lionsgate, which picked up the domestic distribution rights, limited the film’s release to the United States. International audiences can only access the film through Prime Video Pay TV. The decision for limited theatrical distribution has been criticized by fans who believe the lack of worldwide exposure undermined its potential box office impact.

Competition and Timing Affect Performance

Releasing ‘The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare’ alongside other highly anticipated movies like A24’s ‘Civil War’ and Universal’s ‘Abigail’ was another strategic misstep. These competitors outperformed the WWII drama at the box office, causing fans to attribute the film’s fate to poor timing and positioning.

However, Henry Cavill and his co-stars, including Alan Ritchson, Eiza González, Hero Fiennes Tiffin, and Henry Golding, have been absolved of blame by fans who praise their performances. The film, based on Damian Lewis’ book ‘Churchill’s Secret Warriors’, follows a fictionalized version of Operation Postmaster, a black-ops mission against Nazi U-boat resupply operations in WWII.

Audience Approval Contrasts Box Office Performance

Despite challenges at the box office, ‘The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare’ has been well-received by critics and audiences alike. As of now, the film boasts a 73% critics score and an impressive 93% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.

Furthermore, several critics have praised the film for its action and strong ensemble cast. FandomWire’s M. N. Miller called it “an impossibly glib, rip-roaring, and exciting action picture.” Also, Variety’s Peter Debruge lauded the film’s “terrific ensemble.”

Whilst it is clear the film has been met with approval from viewers and critics, its initial box office performance has been unsatisfactory. However, fans continue to hold out hope and emphasize that the lackluster results are due to distribution and scheduling mishaps rather than the quality of the film itself.


Although ‘The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare’ faces an uphill battle to recoup its production budget at the box office, it’s worth noting the movie’s critical reception and audience scores are commendable. Nonetheless, the film’s initial performance underlines the importance of strategic decisions regarding release zones and schedules, which are integral to a movie’s commercial success. It remains to see how the movie will ultimately perform in both the domestic and international markets considering the challenges. Yet, it serves as a reminder that even big names and positive reviews are not always enough to ensure box office triumph. Henry Cavill’s latest outing is a real-life testimony to this reality.

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