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My outlets for film criticism, box office commentary, and film-skewing scholarship have included The Huffington Post, Salon, and Film Threat. In the wake of Dolittle’s abysmal opening weekend at the box office, experts project a loss of $100 million for Universal — the studio’s second consecutive failure after Cats. In the new normal that is Hollywood over the last decade, actors and actresses have been replaced by brands, IP and character-specific franchises. All amounts in their respective local currencies. Sherlock Holmes arguably capitalized on Iron Man in the same way that The Grudge (a $39 million opening in 2004) capitalized on being the first big Asian horror remake after The Ring two years prior, but success is success. But audiences had comparatively little interest in Dolittle, and that it starred Downey Jr. wasn’t nearly enough of a draw.

The show’s global gross as of 2012 was $3.5 billion. That’s not exactly a critcism, as Downey Jr., off-screen issues with addiction notwithstanding, was just a very respected and well-liked actor who tended to make bad movies watchable and good movies better. In a prior time, his good looks, comic instincts, gravitas and onscreen charisma may well have made him a “face on the poster” draw in various original and/or high-concept studio programmers. I’ll say the same about Chris Hemsworth, Ryan Reynolds, Gal Gadot and Tom Hardy outside of their marquee superhero roles. Simply put, outside of the Iron Man suit, Robert Downey Jr. is not and has never been a “butts in the seats” box office draw. Marshals in 1998, The Shaggy DA in 2006, etc.) There’s lots of “What went wrong?” takes to be had, and I’d like to again emphasize the madness of that budget. So when people hold up that movie as the kind of film Hollywood won’t make anymore, don’t be fooled. Movie stars have been essentially downgraded, especially in big-budget productions, into being added value elements in their own star vehicles. And they are now useless when playing “just a guy” or “just a woman.” That’s why Tom Hardy can have bomb (Lawless) after bomb (Child 44) and still be a huge draw AS Venom or AS Bane or AS Mad Max in Venom, The Dark Knight Rises and Mad Max: Fury Road. I have extensively written about all of said subjects for the last 11 years. Nor, and this is key, does starring in a hugely successful IP and/or character-specific franchise translate into audiences wanting to see you in any other movie outside of that franchise. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images), EY & Citi On The Importance Of Resilience And Innovation, Impact 50: Investors Seeking Profit — And Pushing For Change. Yes, Dolittle is going to be a costly bomb for Universal and friends. They are second fiddle to the characters whom they play. His star vehicles (Air America, Chaplin, Heart and Souls, Two Girls and a Guy, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, etc.) WESTWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 01: Actor Tom Hardy arrives for Premiere Of Columbia Pictures' "Venom" held ... [+] at Regency Village Theatre on October 1, 2018 in Westwood, California. Chris Hemsworth is worth his weight in gold as Thor, but he’s not worth much in essentially any non-MCU movie he’s made since the first Thor back in 2011. Downey Jr. will survive too, not just because he’s amassed around 3% of Tony Stark’s alleged $12.4 billion net worth. But save for Sherlock Holmes (which I will get to in a moment), Downey Jr.’s draw in movies like The Soloist ($38 million worldwide in 2009), The Judge ($76 million worldwide in 2014) and now Dolittle is clearly no stronger now than it was prior to becoming Tony Stark. Contact Us Email Seller Video Chat WhatsApp (417) 855-7068 Sold By: Springfield Trailer Inc. Springfield, Missouri 65803. After a dismal opening weekend, “Dolittle” is lined up to lose up to $100 million, according to Fox News. That I say Downey Jr. is not a “face on the poster” movie star in the vein of Leonardo DiCaprio or Denzel Washington is not a commentary on his value as a human being or his incontestable worth as an actor. His few outright hits (Back to School in 1986, Natural Born Killers in 1994, U.S. Dolittle (English) Collection - Check out Dolittle (English) box office collection till now. (Photo by Fotonoticias/WireImage).

Like most modern "movie stars," Robert Downey Jr. isn't a draw outside of his marquee franchise. One such unforced error was presuming Downey Jr. was a big enough draw outside of the MCU to justify a massive budget for a Doctor Dolittle movie. His best movies (offhand, True Believer, Soapdish, Home for the Holidays, The Gingerbread Man, Wonder Boys, Zodiac, etc.) MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JUNE 06: Actors Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson attend the "Men In Black ... [+] International" press conference on June 06, 2019 in Moscow, Russia. You may opt-out by. See the Box Office tab (Domestic) and International tab (International and Worldwide) for more Cumulative Box Office Records. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/FilmMagic).

"Dolittle" at Regency Village Theatre on January 11, 2020 in Westwood, California. All Time Domestic Box Office (Rank 5,201-5,300), All Time Worldwide Box Office (Rank 7,301-7,400), All Time Domestic Non-Sequel Box Office (Rank 4,601-4,700), All Time Domestic Box Office for Based on Fiction Book/Short Story Movies (Rank 1,001-1,100), All Time Domestic Box Office for Live Action Movies (Rank 4,601-4,700), All Time Domestic Box Office for Contemporary Fiction Movies (Rank 2,701-2,800), All Time Domestic Box Office for Adventure Movies (Rank 701-800), All Time Domestic Box Office for Not Rated Movies (Rank 101-200), All Time Worldwide Non-Sequel Box Office (Rank 6,401-6,500), All Time Worldwide Box Office for Based on Fiction Book/Short Story Movies (Rank 1,301-1,400), All Time Worldwide Box Office for Live Action Movies (Rank 6,201-6,300), All Time Worldwide Box Office for Contemporary Fiction Movies (Rank 3,801-3,900), All Time Worldwide Box Office for Adventure Movies (Rank 901-1,000), All Time Worldwide Box Office for Not Rated Movies (Rank 601-700), Story based on the “Doctor Dolittle” stories by. © 2020 Forbes Media LLC. It’s not because “political correctness is killing comedy,” but because Tropic Thunder wasn’t really a bit hit even in a theatrical environment far more hospital to star-driven, high concept originals. Ltd. All Rights Reserved. And, yeah, Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes movies, which amounted to a strong “star+character” with a well-known IP/character whose translation into an action blockbuster format made sense.


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