Sunday, May 26, 2024

Box Office: Angelina Jolie Strikes Out with New Thriller, Just $2.8 Mil Weekend for “Those Who Wish Me Dead”


Angelina Jolie probably thought making a thriller with Taylor Sheridan was a good idea.

But “Those Who Wish Me Dead” is a terrible title, and critics were lukewarm with a 64 on Rotten Tomatoes.

Also, the movie never got a proper distributor.

The result is a box office bust at $2.8 million for the one time Oscar winner for Best Supporting Actress in “Girl Interrupted.”

Angelina is in need of a non-comic book hit. Her biggest success is as Disney’s  evil title character, “Maleficent.” But the second installment did 60% less than the first, so even Mal is less of an option.

Sheridan must have looked good on paper. His credits include the “Sicario” movies, writing “Hell or High Water,” and being part of the hit Kevin Costner series, “Yellowstone.”  But he’s not much for female protagonists. And Jolie has her own PR and image issues. She’s better known for dogging Brad Pitt in custody court these days, which isn’t a great look.

So “Those Who Wish Me Dead” is dead. Jolie gets a new shot in Disney’s next Marvel project, “Eternals,” come November, but that’s another comic book movie. She’s got to find something as good as “A Mighty Heart,” in which she was terrific as Mariane Pearl, widow of murdered WSJ journalist Daniel Pearl.

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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