The Iron Claw: Zac Efron’s Starrer Does the Unthinkable for A24 That Florence Pugh and Joaquin Phoenix Failed to Achieve

This Sean Durkin directorial sports biopic is the A24 studio’s top CinemaScore ever with an A-.

The Iron Claw: Zac Efron’s Starrer Does the Unthinkable for A24 That Florence Pugh and Joaquin Phoenix Failed to Achieve

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  • 'The Iron Claw' Gets An “A-” Cinema Score.
  • It's the best-ever CinemaScore for a movie under A24 studio.
  • The film tells the story of the Von Erich brothers, who made wrestling history in the 1980s.
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Zac Efron starrer The Iron Claw, which tells the story of the Von Erich brothers, who made wrestling history in the 1980s, earns a significant feat. The sports biopic becomes the best-ever grade movie under the banner of A24. 

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The Iron Claw
The Iron Claw

It’s so well received by the audience that even Florence Pugh and Joaquin Phoenix are staying behind in terms of CinemaScore grade. Zac Efron leads an ensemble in The Iron Claw, that includes Jeremy Allen White, Harris Dickinson, Holt McCallany, Maura Tierney, and Lily James. Sean Durkin directs.

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The Iron Claw Gets An “A-” Cinema Score

This Sean Durkin directorial sports biopic is the A24 studio’s top CinemaScore ever with an A-. Prior to that, Talk to Me nabbed a B+. Also, the A24 drama opened at $2.4 million on Friday, which is pretty good considering indie production. 

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Lily James, left, and Zac Efron in a scene from "The Iron Claw."
Lily James, left, and Zac Efron in a scene from The Iron Claw.

The film is centered around the Von Erich family, a dynasty of professional wrestlers from Texas that had enormous success in the 1980s and popularized the iron claw professional wrestling hold. However, they not only had to battle inside the ring, but they also fought the “Von Erich curse,” outside of it: a string of unbearable personal tragedies.

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While this movie creates a record as the top-graded movie in A24 studio’s history, one critically-praised horror movie Midsommar, starring Florence Pugh only scored a C+ from the service. Another acclaimed actor Joaquin Phoenix starring Beau Is Afraid received an F score. 

Some Other A24 Studio Movies and CinemaScore

Pearl, directed by Ti West, starring Mia Goth, David Corenswet, Tandi Wright, Matthew Sunderland and released in 2022 received B-, whereas Benny Safdie and Josh Safdie’s Uncut Gems got C+. It Comes at Night (2017) came low and got D score. Midsommar, helmed by Ari Aster and starring Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, William Jackson Harper, Will Poulter received C+. Alex Garland directorial Men (2022) got D+.

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Florence Pugh in Midsommar
Florence Pugh in Midsommar

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Other notable movies by the studio are-

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A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III (2012)
Slice (2018)
Ginger and Rosa (2012)
Spring Breakers (2012)
The Bling Ring (2013)
The Spectacular Now (2013)
Enemy (2013)
Under the Skin (I) (2013)
Locke (2013)
Obvious Child (2014)
The Rover (2014)
Life After Beth (2014)
Say When (2014)
Tusk (I) (2014)
Revenge of the Green Dragons (2014)
The Captive (I) (2014)
A Most Violent Year (2014)
Son of a Gun (2014)
While We’re Young (2014)
Cut Bank (2014)
Ex Machina (2014)
Slow West (2015)
Barely Lethal (2015)
Amy (III) (2015)
The End of the Tour (2015)
Dark Places (2015)
Mississippi Grind (2015)
Room (I) (2015)
Mojave (2015)
The Witch (2015)
The Sea of Trees (2016)
Mojave (2015)
Krisha (2015)
Green Room (2015)
True Deception (2015)
The Lobster (2015)
De Palma (2015)
Swiss Army Man (2016)
Equals (2015)
Into the Forest (2015)
Morris from America (2016)
The Sea of Trees (2015)
American Honey (2016)
Moonlight (I) (2016)
Supersonic (2016)
The Monster (2016)
20th Century Women (2016)
Trespass Against Us (I) (2016)
February (I) (2015)
Free Fire (2016)
The Lovers (I) (2017)
The Exception (2016)
It Comes at Night (2017)
A Ghost Story (2017)
Menashe (2017)
Good Time (2017)
Woodshock (2017)
The Florida Project (2017)
The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017)
Lady Bird (2017)
The Disaster Artist (2017)
The Ballad of Lefty Brown (2017)
Sidney Hall (2017)
Backstabbing for Beginners (2018)
First Reformed (2017)
Never Goin’ Back (2018)
A Prayer Before Dawn (2017)
First Cow (2019)
Minari (2020)
In Fabric (2018)
The Lighthouse (I) (2019)
The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019)

A24 was founded in August 2012 and it’s seen as one of the most powerful forces in independent filmmaking today.

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The Iron Claw is now in theaters.

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