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.