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Despite a lot of early hype, Nate Parker's The Birth of a Nation is heading straight for "flop territory," The New York Times reports.

The dramatization of Nat Turner's 1831 slave rebellion took in a disappointing $7.1 million during its opening weekend, trailing behind the weekend's no. 1 and no. 2 films The Girl on a Train ($24.7 million) and Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children ($15 million).

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The Birth of a Nation made headlines earlier this year when Fox Searchlight bought it for an unprecedented $17.5 million at Sundance. Reviews from the time of the sale were glowing, but support for Parker's opus soured after rape charges from Parker's past resurfaced in August.

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Parker's repeatedly questionable, sometimes insensitive, responses to the allegations that he had nonconsensual sex with a fellow student at Penn State in 1999 further soured support for the film. "I don't feel guilty," he said as recently as Oct. 2. "As I sit here, an apology is—no."

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