Harmony Korine’s new film, “Spring Breakers,” debuted in very limited release on Friday, March 15, but its target audience gave the film a big opening before it expands into more theaters on March 22. According to a March 16 Facebook post from Exhibitor Relations, a website that reports box office earnings, “Spring Breakers” earned $100,000 on its first day of release from just three theaters.
The film follows Faith (Selena Gomez); Brit (Ashley Benson); Candy (Vanessa Hudgens); and Cotty (Rachel Korine) – four college-aged friends who are eagerly awaiting spring break. Their idea of funding for their adventure is to rob a fast food restaurant. Later, at a party, the girls are arrested and hauled off to jail. After facing a judge, the four friends are bailed out by some infamous, local thug who goes by the name, “Alien” (James Franco). He wins over the hearts of the spring breakers, and they go with him on a wild ride that they never could have imagined.
Critics have been mixed on the film, which currently stands at 72% on the movie reviews aggregator site, Rotten Tomatoes. Stephen Whitty of the Newark Star-Ledger said “’Spring Breakers’ is so over-the-top, so-overdone, so extreme, it'd turn even a hedonist off sex.” Other critics have praised Franco’s performance, including Rolling Stone’s Peter Travers, who called it a “return to form” for the Oscar nominee.