Maybe Tom Cruise should send his Church of Scientology cohorts to do some damage control for him: even mostly positive reviews (and notable raves for his performance) for Rock of Ages couldn’t save the film from flopping on its face this weekend at the box office. The musical based on the classic Broadway show opened to a meager $15.1 million, far less what was expected and nowhere near what other musical movies have opened to in recent years. Even the critically reviled Mamma Mia! opened to more than $27 million. And if a cast that included Alec Baldwin, Catherine Zeta Jones, Paul Giamatti, and Russell Brand couldn’t help the film, it looks like Cruise is going to bear the brunt of the blame for this one.
Of course, Cruise does have bragging rights to the fact that at least he opened higher than the latest bomb from Adam Sandler, That’s My Boy, which co-stars now former Saturday Night Live alum Andy Samberg. The movie took in a paltry $13 million, opening in fifth place behind Snow White and the Huntsman and Prometheus. Barring any unforeseen developments, it looks like this just might be the last juvenile comedy from Adam Sandler in a good, long while.
Last week’s champ repeated its first place finish at the box office: Madagascar 3 took in another $35.5 million, bringing its domestic total to more than $120 million in just two weeks.
The top ten films this weekend were as follows:
1.”Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted”:$35.5 million
2. “Prometheus”:$20.2 million
3. “Rock of Ages”: $15.1 million.
4. “Snow White and the Huntsman”:$13.8 million
5. “That’s My Boy”:$13 million
6. “Men in Black”:$10 million
7. “The Avengers”:$8.8 million
8. “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”:$2.2 million
9. “Moonrise Kingdom”:$2.2 million
10. “What to Expect When You’re Expecting”:$1.3 million