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9/4/2013 (3 years ago)

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A-list actors aren't commanding the box office that they used to

It's been argued that one of the United States' most important cultural contributions to the international global community was the invention of the movie star. As other film industries across the globe struggled to lure paying audiences with thrilling stories and artistry, the United States found repeated success with a handful of movies stars such as Clara Bow, Rudolph Valentino and Charlie Chaplin. The movie star was thus born, with big budgets, important pictures and certain box office success attached to them. Today, however, movie stars, even the most important ones, may appear in bad pictures that audiences wholesale reject. This movie-going summer was full of them -

Acting powerhouse Robert De Niro sheds a tear for his career -- his 'The Big Wedding' only made $21.8 million worldwide for its $32 million budget.

Acting powerhouse Robert De Niro sheds a tear for his career -- his "The Big Wedding" only made $21.8 million worldwide for its $32 million budget.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

9/4/2013 (3 years ago)

Published in Movies

Keywords: Movies, box office, summer season, flops, budgets, worldwide gross


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Case in point: Will Smith's "After Earth," while groomed for major success was a major disappointment. Smith had big success with science-fiction films previous such as the "Men in Black" series and "Independence Day," but people largely stayed away from this frequently boring space opera. While it grossed $243.6 worldwide, many say it under-performed for its $130 million budget.

A bigger flop was "White House Down" with Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx. While considered a hot talent, with "The Vow" and "Magic Mike," the expected pairing of Tatum and Jamie Foxx failed to bring in the big bucks this summer. The film opened very soft in the number four position in June. 

"Red 2" with Helen Mirren and Bruce Willis, made for $84 million only made a measly $104.9 million. Opening in fifth place in the U.S., a strong cast which included Catherine Zeta-Jones and Anthony Hopkins failed to ignite audience interest. 

Many readers will now go, 'Huh?" You can't be blamed if you don't remember Robert De Niro and Diane Keaton starring in "The Big Wedding" as it only made $21.8 million worldwide for its $32 million budget. Again, a strong cast including Amanda Seyfried, Topher Grace, Susan Sarandon and Robin Williams couldn't save this "Wedding" from crashing. It seems obvious: Robert De Niro and romantic comedies usually don't mix.

Two action-adventure pics will round out the remarkable failures. Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds, starring in "R.I.P.D.," seemed doomed to failure, and it did. Essentially "Ghostbusters" played absolutely straight, "R.I.P.D." cost $130 million and only made an abysmal $61.7 million worldwide.

"The Lone Ranger," with its $250 million budget only grossed $230.4 million. Johnny Depp's reputation as a surefire audience pleaser has been in limbo as of late - both "Dark Shadows, "The Rum Diaries" have all been major disappointments. Oh, well - he can always cont on the new "Pirates of the Caribbean" installment. 

All of these disappointments, however still pale in comparison with Ethan Hawke's latest action-thriller, "Getaway" - which didn't even crack the top ten the week of its release.

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