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The numbers aren’t in yet, and Saturday and Sunday haven’t actually occurred in real time. But predictions are not good for Tom Cruise’s weekend box office in “Rock of Ages.” Right now the low is $15.5 million and the high is $20 million. After all the promotion, that’s not good. “Rock of Ages” is certain to finish fourth for the weekend totally. But for a Cruise movie it indicates a trend. It could be that without “Mission Impossible” or another action franchise behind him, Cruise cannot really “open” a movie. His last two non-sequel, non-franchise films opened in the $21-$20 million bracket–“Valkyrie” and “Knight & Day.” Neither of them went on to crack anything near $100 million. “Rock of Ages,” a not very good, sort of kitschy movie, got middling reviews. Cruise got the best notices of anyone, but that was more for his courage to try anything than the actual performance. Of course, at this point, if he only did action films or more “Mission Impossible” sequels, he’d be fine. He’s already a zillionaire. But it doesn’t look like “Rock of Ages” is going to be much of a help to Cruise’s post-Oprah couch jumping career. I still say, if he could find anything like another “Jerry Maguire,” he’d be back in a minute.

Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid 90s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and has written for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, the New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is 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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  1. Cruise has zero sex appeal, which is odd because he’s clearly physically attractive. Maybe it’s the kooky religion he practices, or the silly couch jumping or something else, but even in this role there’s nothing sexy about him.

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