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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 | Industry | September 12, 2013 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | September 12, 2013 |

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?


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

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


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.

Dustin is the founder and co-owner of Pajiba. You may email him here, follow him on Twitter, or listen to his weekly TV podcast, Podjiba.

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