The romantic fantasy from Warner Bros. is going to take in
less than $10 million over the four-day Presidents Day weekend.
That makes three movies in a row in which Farrell has played the
leading man that have tanked.
Of course, it's not all on Farrell. "Winter's Tale," written and
directed by Akiva Goldsman, was savaged by the critics (14
percent on Rotten Tomatoes) and the complex time-travel tale had
to be tricky to market.
But last March's FilmDistrict thriller "Dead Man Down" was dead
on arrival, opening to $5.3 million and topping out at $10
million domestically at the box office.
And before that, "Seven Psychopaths" debuted with $4.1 million
and wound up with $15 million domestically for CBS Films in
There was the disappointing "Total Recall" remake that year as
well, and the 2011 horror dud "Fright Night" before that.
The films in which he's had a supporting role have done better.
"Saving Mr. Banks," in which he plays the father of Emma
Thompson's "Mary Poppins" author P.L. Travers character, has
done pretty well at the box office. It's taken in $82 million
domestically and another $17 million overseas since opening in
December for Disney.
The 37-year-old Irish actor's biggest box-office score came in
2011's "Horrible Bosses," in which he had a secondary role as
one of the title characters. That comedy featuring Jason Bateman
and Jennifer Aniston brought in $117 million domestically and
another $92 million from overseas.
His breakout role, a semi-comic turn in 2008's "In Bruges" that
earned him a Golden Globe, was an indie hit with $33 million
Farrell's box office mettle will next be put to the test in
"Miss Julie," an historical romance directed by Liv Ullman, in
which he'll star with Jessica Chastain. It's due this year, but
doesn't have a release date yet. He's also in "Solace," a
thriller in which he'll star with Abbie Cornish and Anthony
Hopkins, which is in post-production.
And he recently agreed to co-star with Rachel Weisz in the
dystopian love story "The Lobster."
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