Despite positive reviews, “Booksmart” failed to do a good business at the box office. In an industry poll published by a daily, Abrams, along with other leading voices from Hollywood, lamented the dwindling fortunes of the independent cinema.
“When you have a movie that’s as entertaining, well-made, and well-received as ‘Booksmart’ not doing the business it should have, it really makes you realise that the typical Darwinian fight to survive is completely lopsided now,” Abrams said.
“Everyone’s trying to figure out how we protect the smaller films that aren’t four-quadrant mega-releases. Can they exist in the cinemas?” he asked.