Tomorrowland, Clooney’s Latest Flop?
George Clooney’s latest big budgeted Summer flick has quickly earned a reputation that it may be flopping. It may be in part to Clooney, an increasingly unpopular figure with some, and Damon Lindelof (of Lost), an always unpopular figure with most, that this rep has been garnered.
It would seem to be unwarranted. Tomorrowland, budgeted at $190million range, may have opened to lukewarm reviews (Currently lingering at around the 50 percentage range on Rotten Tomatoes) but tracking sees the movie making in the high $40million range, which would be neither a disaster or a gift.
In comparison to Clooney’s past movies, Gravity opened to a $55million weekend in a bad month and was helped by fantastic word of mouth and awards success. Sandra Bullock would likely claim the most responsibility for that. The Monuments Men opened to $22million, but recovered and doubled its budget overall.
I see Tomorrowland doing well overseas, breaking even for Disney and perhaps bruising the ego of the screenwriters (Lindelof, Bird, Jensen), who most of the criticism has been aimed at.