It’s a scary thing when one is no longer a box-office powerhouse. I mean, isn’t that why we give them the name A-List celebrity to begin with? Julia Roberts, currently in the middle of shooting Eat, Love, Pray, is just one of the many celebs to falter at the box office this past year. Let’s run through the list, shall we?
Julia’s film Duplicity that cost $60 million only made $40.6 million at the box office, so if Julia wants to keep her status Eat, Pray, Love needs to do really well. Will Ferrell had a total bomb with Land of the Lost, a $100 million movie that only sold $49 million worth of tickets. Funny man Adam Sandler also had flop with Funny People, which did sort of well the first week, but basically died the second. Tom Hanks‘ Angels and Demons was gone before anyone knew it was here. And Denzel Washington and John Travolta also had a flop with The Taking Of Pelham 1 2 3.
What could be the reason for these flops? Mostly, it’s a good story that doesn’t translate well to the screen, and sometimes it is even the actor or actress. Either he or she disappeared for far too long to have people still care, or it’s always the same shtick in every movie, or the need to break away from one they are known for freaks people out.
The real hope this week is that Brad Pitt will be able to carry the film Inglourious Basterds basically by himself, as he’s been the main focus of the entire ad campaign. If that doesn’t work, the fate of the Hollywood A-List will become literally unforeseeable.
Some analysts believe that the use of social networking sites on the internet may also be to blame. That one, I completely believe. Think about it. If your friend hates a movie, it becomes their status update, and you don’t bother to see it. Or sometimes you do, only to dislike it as well and tell others not to see it. Bottom line: Studios need to make good movies. And that, my friends, is easier said than done.
Gallery Info: Julia Roberts hopes to make a good movie on the set of Eat, Pray, Love.