Somebody gave "The Counselor" some bad advice.
The Ridley Scott drama, with a screenplay by former El Pasoan Cormac McCarthy, stiffed at the box office over the weekend, finishing fourth overall with a gross of only $8 million.
That pales compared to the $32 million grossed, literally and figuratively, by Johnny Knoxville's "Bad Grandpa."
"Gravity" dropped to second (saw it over the weekend, liked it, but not as much as I thought I would) and "Captain Phillips" fell to third.
"The Counselor," about a trendy El Paso lawyer who gets involved in a drug deal, got some pretty bad reviews. The Hollywood Reporter called it "a beautiful bummer," and Rolling Stone gave it two out of four stars.
Though it was set here and in Juarez, most of it was shot in London and Spain for a budget reported at around $25 million, relatively low for a Scott film.
A crew of about 40, minus a glittering cast that includes Brad Pitt, Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem, shot a handful of exteriors here in January.