‘The Tourist’ bombs at U.S. box office

Monday, December 13, 2010

LONDON - Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp’s most expected film ‘The Tourist’ flopped at the box office.

Hollywood’s hottest on-screen couple failed to grab the top spot at the US box office where couple’s first ever film together was set to take less than 20m dollars on its opening weekend, reports the Daily Mail.

They were beaten into second place by ‘The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader’.

The third film made out of C.S. Lewis fantasy series was expected to take just over 30m dollars to claim the top spot.

Despite the pulling power of Jolie and Depp, the thriller set in Venice, Italy, failed to attract moviegoers having received many poor reviews.

Movie experts said it took just over 6m dollars on Friday and 7m dollars on Saturday.

Hollywood blogger Nikkie Finke said the ‘The Tourist’, which cost 100m dollars to make, under-performed to the “point of desperation.”

Movie experts predict it will be pulled from US theatres in a matter of weeks with Hollywood studio Sony hoping it performs better overseas.

‘The Tourist’ was supposed to set the box office alight with the pairing of Depp and Jolie.

They are the two biggest names in Hollywood and their previous films have all performed spectacularly at the box office. But the film received scathing reviews with one saying the film crawls at a snail’s pace.

“Star power can cover up a multitude of shortcomings in a film. Turns out stupidity isn’t one of them. Nor is a lack of chemistry when those stars are tossed into the same orbit,” another reviewer wrote.

“Throw in the feeling that they aren’t really trying, but instead showed up for the mondo payday and the first-rate locations and you have… well, you have The Tourist,” the reviewer added. (ANI)

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