Monday, June 17, 2024

Chaos Walking: $125 Mil Film Crashes at Box Office with Under $4 Mil, Stars of “Spiderman,” “Star Wars,” 2 Oscar Nominees, Tom Cruise Director


The story of a Hollywood box office disaster is always grist for the mill.

Doug Liman’s “Chaos Walking” is like a throw back to the days of “Waterworld” and “The Postman.”

Over the weekend, “Chaos Walking” exploded like the Hindenburg. With a published budget of $125 million, the star-studded Lions Gate- distributed space opera brought in around $3.8 million at theaters. And this was with New York theaters open again at 24% capacity.

“Chaos Walking” stars Tom Holland, the popular actor from the latest “Spiderman” series. It co-stars Daisy Ridley, who led the charge in the final “Star Wars” trilogy. The cast includes two Oscar nominees– Damian Bechir and Cynthia Erivo. Also pop star Nick Jonas, and critically praised actor David Oyelowo.

The director is Doug Liman, known for Tom Cruise hits like “Edge of Tomorrow” and “American Made,” plus “The Bourne Identity” and “Mr. and Mrs. Smith.” He’s made really good movies. Not this one, however.

The premise of the film is described as a space love story combined with “What Women Want” in which Holland can hear everyone’s thoughts. (Just not the critics’.)

On Rotten Tomatoes, “Chaos Walking” earned a 24 from critics and bloggers. It was originally set for release TWO years ago, but was so bad it went back for re-shoots and then was scheduled for April 2020. But the pandemic hit and no one knew what to do. So here it is, in all its glory.

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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