|Date:||January 5th, 2006 01:51 am (UTC)|| |
I enjoyed seeing Cinderella Man and it received lots of good reviews but I've read that its box office totals were not as big as expected. Russell Crowe did a good job playing underdog boxer Jim Braddock, a man who really existed. Braddock actually had 20 losses on his record when he won the heavyweight title, because he often took fights on short notice when he was injured, undertrained, undernourished and desperately needed the money.
Over the years I've heard a number of filmmakers say that boxing movies usually do not do great box office for some reason. I wondered if Russell Crowe's slightly scandalous phone throwing incident and legal scrape had something to do with it. Probably not. If it's not the boxing movie jinx at work again perhaps it was just the wrong film in the wrong place at the wrong time. It will probably do better on television and on DVD.
|Date:||January 5th, 2006 02:24 am (UTC)|| |
Re: Cinderella Man
I think there is something about celebrities behaving badly and disappointing box office.
Apparently "War of the Worlds" box office expectations was much higher than the final number, apparently Tom Cruise behavior turned off some of the ticket buyers. I did read that Steven Spielberg is still upset.
"Cinderella Man" will find it's audience and I believe we will talk about Ron Howard's film many years from now.
Thanks for reading!
|Date:||January 5th, 2006 05:23 am (UTC)|| |
Re: Cinderella Man
This is the first I have heard about Spielberg being upset with Cruise. Your point about bad celebrity behavior and poor box office is fascinating CinemaDave. It would probably have the most influence if it happens just as a film is being released, which I think is more or less what happened when Russell Crowe got into airborne telephones and Tom Cruise offered his psychiatric theories for public consumption.
Frank Sinatra was often involved in rowdy public incidents that did not seem to hurt his box office during the height of his movie career, but if we researched it carefully perhaps we would learn that he was careful to stay in line when his films were released, or if he got out of line he was influential enough to keep it out of the public eye during a movie's run.
And I'd like to thank you for your informative and entertaining writing that's so much fun to read.