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Bill Murray Comedy Set In Afghanistan Does Poorly At Box Office


Mitch Glazer, Zooey Deschanel, Bill Murray, Kate Hudson, director Barry Levinson and Bruce Willis attend the "Rock The Kasbah" New York Premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 theater in New York on October 19.

A new Hollywood comedy film set in Afghanistan that stars Bill Murray and Bruce Willis has done poorly at the box office during the first weekend since its U.S. release.

Rock The Kasbah, a comedy about a rock manager who finds a new client in Afghanistan, was projected to gross about $6 million during its opening weekend in 2,012 U.S cinemas.

It grossed only $1.5 million -- one of comedian Bill Murray's worst debuts ever.

The film is based loosely on a 2009 documentary called Afghan Star about four Afghan competitors in televised Afghan talent competition.

Murray plays an aging manager who takes his last remaining client to perform for U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan.

Abandoned in Kabul by his artist – penniless and without his U.S. passport -- he discovers a young Afghan girl with an extraordinary singing voice and manages her through a talent competition on Afghan television.

Rock The Kasbah also has received poor reviews from film critics.

Based on reporting by AP, Reuters, Hollywoodreporter.com and Box Office Mojo

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