Friday, June 14, 2024

Hollywood Horror: Ben Affleck’s “Hypnotic” DOA with $2.5 Mil Weekend, Ironic After His Huge “Air” Success


Hollywood giveth and taketh away.

Just a short time ago, Ben Affleck directed “Air” — now on Amazon Prime — and drew raves. The film has made over $50 million in theaters, it’s a big hit on the streaming platform, and should win some Oscars. It was all good.

But this weekend, Affleck stars in Robert Rodriguez’s “Hypnotic.” It’s a bomb. Weekend take is predicted as $2.5 million, maybe, if the universe is kind. Not only does “Hypnotic” have a miserable 39% on Rotten Tomatoes among critics, it has an even more alarming 56% audience rating.

In other words, no one wants to see it, and no one will see it.

Rodriguez has never been a critical hit, but his “Spy Kids” movies were hits, and he’s been prolific to say the least. But this one did not work out.

Affleck can shrug it off. He has “Air,” and plenty more to come.

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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