Thursday, May 23, 2024

“The Tourist” Box Office Take Just About Covers Johnny Depp’s Salary


“The Tourist” fulfilled its destiny as a bomb this weekend. The movie took in $17 million, just about covering Johnny Depp‘s salary.

Now it has to cover Angelina Jolie‘s payday, plus the other $100 million it took to make the film in exotic locations, plus promotion and prints.

These things happen, of course. But with two huge movie stars, “The Tourist” is a particularly sensitive flop. It means that really neither Johnny nor Angie can “open” a film. And together they’ve done even worse.

Now the goal for Sony/Columbia is to open the film in Europe and beyond and make all their money.

The studio also has to open James L. Brooks‘s “How Do You Know?” with Reese Witherspoon, Jack Nicholson and Paul Rudd this coming Friday. They’ve followed the same disastrous pattern as with “The Tourist”: hide it, keep it away from the press, and spring it on the world. I’m not sure if this will work. How do I know? Just a gut feeling that they haven’t marketed it as a “smart” comedy.

Meantime while several Oscar buzzed movies are doing well out of the gate in limited release– “King’s Speech,” “Black Swan,” “The Fighter”–I am concerned about Danny Boyle’s “127 Hours.” It’s having trouble getting a foothold. See this movie, dear readers. It’s great. You’re missing something special!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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