Mo's Digital Last Word: BAD BOX OFFICE MOJO
Temperatures may be on the upswing, but the box office took a steep downturn over the weekend.
Chappie, another one of those sci-fi adventures about a robot with feelings, did not perform as expected, topping the list at 13 million, which was less than expected.
Then there’s Vince Vaughan’s “Unfinished Business”, which was an outright bomb, taking in 4.4 million. It ranks as the lowest debut of Vaughn’s career, raising serious questions about his appeal.
Over the past 4 years, he’s starred in “The Dilemma,” “Delivery Man,” “The Internship” and “The Watch.” He’s set to costar with Colin Farrell in the second season of “True Detective”. Vince Vaughan has a lot counting on True Dick 2.
The one success story over the weekend was “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.” The comic tale of retirees making new lives for themselves in India opened to $8.6 million.
The movie, which stars Maggie Smith (and Richard Gere) It cost a mere $10 million to produce. Old people are the future. They don’t cost much, they show up on time, they make their own tea in their trailers.
Meanwhile, American Sniper was the highest grossing movie of 2014. It made 337.2 million, just edging out The Hunger Games.
It is the biggest moneymaker in director Clint Eastwood’s career. He’s 84, for the record.
And still on the subject of seniors. Harrison Ford has been grounded.
Insurance carriers that underwrite the entertainment industry are understandably reluctant to insure the star after his vintage airplane experienced engine trouble last Thursday and crash-landed on a Venice golf course.
The 72 year old Ford, who will make a full recovery, is set to star in the upcoming sequel to “Blade Runner”, where he will be making his own tea in his trailer.
Your daily dose of Mo with the Last Word – 03/09/15