The Surest Sign That Chris Hemsworth's Formula One Racing Movie, 'Rush' Is Destined to Fail at the Box Office
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The Surest Sign That Chris Hemsworth's Formula One Racing Movie, 'Rush' Is Destined to Fail at the Box Office

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | September 12, 2013 | Comments ()


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Let me throw some facts at you:

Box office total for Turistas: $7 million.

Box office for Justin Timberlake’s Alpha Dog: $15 million.

Box office for Jack Black’s Year One, a $60 million comedy: $43 million

Box office for Fix, a movie no one has ever heard of: $9,890

Box office for Russell Crowe’s The Next Three Days: $22 million

Box office totals for Tron Legacy, the $170 million budgeted movie: $172 million (and widely considered a disappointing take).

Box office for Cowboys and Aliens, the $163 million Daniel Craig/Harrison Ford film: $100 million.

Box office for the $52 million film, The Change-Up: $37 million

Box office for the Justin Timberlake $40 million sci-fi flick, In Time: $37 million.

Box office for the Chris Pine $16 million film, People Like Us: $12 million

Box office for The Words, with Bradley Cooper: $12 million

Box Office for Jennifer Garner’s Butter: $105,000.

Box office for Deadfall, with Eric Bana: $66,000.

Box office for the $30 million The Incredible Burt Wonderstone with Jim Carrey and Steve Carell: $22 million.

Box office for Drinking Buddies: $143,000.

What do many of these movies have in common? They featured A-list leading men (or at least, actors once considered A-list).

What do all of these films have in common? They were either box-office disappointments, or outright box-office bombs.

What else does every single of of those films have in common?

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That’s right. Every single one of them featured Olivia Wilde.

Who is in Rush, along with current A-lister, Chris Hemsworth?

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There is no doubt that Olivia Wilde is a swell lady, and a gifted actress (particularly when it comes to comedy). However, she has had some terrible luck with the movies she’s chosen to be in, and I suspect the same bad luck will befall Rush, a Ron Howard movie with little buzz coming out at the end of September. It doesn’t help, either, that Howard hasn’t had a box-office hit that didn’t involve Tom Hanks and a Dan Brown novel in over a decade.

Somebody, please, put Olivia Wilde in a proven franchise, so she can break the Elizabeth Banks’ nice-lady box-office curse.




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