Friday, April 19, 2024

Tom Cruise’s Bad Week: Divorce, and “Rock of Ages” Sinks At Box Office


This is not Tom Cruise’s week. If he didn’t have hundreds of millions of dollars, I would feel sorry for him. But back to reality, so to speak: First, Katie Holmes sacked him with a divorce filing. And then his movie that’s out right now, “Rock of Ages,” is DOA at the box office. Last night “ROA” did less than a million bucis–$865,000. That brings its total to $33,047,000. It will be lucky to get to $35 million this weekend. The divorce can’t be good publicity for Cruise, whose career is already a kind of marketing disaster. Other than “Mission Impossible,” his standing at the box office has fallen tremendously. The curious thing here is that he seems totally unaware of the situation. One method of recourse would be to leave Scientology, if he can, renounce it publicly, and go through a total image change. The public would embrace him wildly. But it’s unlikely to happen. It would mean removing his entire family from the religious sect. Meanwhile, his next film, “Reacher,” comes out at Christmas.

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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