It’s brutal starring in one of many yr’s most infamous flops.
Margot Robbie is aware of the sensation. Twice.
The 32-year-old Oscar nominee headlined “Amsterdam” in October. The movie, directed by David O. Russell, forged Robbie as a nurse within the early a part of the twentieth century alongside co-stars Christian Bale and John David Washington.
The movie flopped, exhausting, and will cost its studio from $80-100 million. Still, flops occur, particularly with auteurs like Russell who like swinging for the fences.
It couldn’t occur to Robbie once more although. Could it?
“Babylon,” which forged Robbie as an aspiring actress in Hollywood’s early days, could make “Amsterdam” look profitable by comparability. The movie, co-starring Brad Pitt, made $3.5 million over the Christmas weekend, traditionally a ripe time for a movie to open.
“Babylon’s” price ticket, reportedly around $80 million, means the movie will value its studio loads … like “Amsterdam” earlier than it.
The nation’s arctic blasted definitely didn’t assist theater attendance, however that didn’t cease “Avatar: The Way of Water” from incomes an extra $90 million over the identical span.
“Avatar: The Way of Water” has generated $855.4 million globally, making it the fifth-highest grossing film of 2022 after simply 10 days in theaters https://t.co/Wyws7jVmQE
— Variety (@Variety) December 25, 2022
Making issues worse?
“Amsterdam” earned $6.4 million on its opening weekend, thought of a horrible quantity on the time given its starry forged and Russell’s monitor document.
This isn’t the one time a Robbie automobile crashed on the field workplace. “Birds of Prey,” the Feb. 2020 movie that includes the starlet as Harley Quinn, equally stalled. That movie earned simply $84 million stateside, an atrocious determine for a superhero-style affair.
Robbie performed the character as soon as extra in 2021’s “The Suicide Squad,” the second try to carry this supervillain saga to the display screen. That ensemble caper, launched concurrently on HBO Max and theaters through the pandemic’s second yr, introduced in simply $55 million.
Robbie was entrance and middle in 2017’s “I, Tonya,” the black comedy recalling Tonya Harding’s notorious assault on Nancy Kerrigan. Robbie earned the primary of her two Oscar nominations for the movie, however that earned simply $30 million on the field workplace.
Her 2018 indie movie, “Terminal,” doesn’t even seem at BoxOfficeMojo.com relating to its U.S. field workplace outcomes.
She fared higher with 2018’s “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood,” the Quentin Tarantino movie co-starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Pitt, however her position as Jane in “The Legend of Tarzan” didn’t ignite a franchise.
Robbie’s magnificence and appearing chops aren’t up for debate. Her potential to attract a crowd is, although, and it’s one thing her friends routinely face. Pitt’s presence didn’t salvage “Babylon’s” field workplace fortunes, nor did it catapult his 2022 motion comedy “Bullet Train” into franchise gold.
So the place does that depart Robbie’s subsequent main movie, “Barbie?”
The 2023 comedy casts the actress as the long-lasting toy, and thus far the undertaking has generated sizable social media buzz. And that’s the distinction. “Barbie” hails from an current IP, a toy beloved over the many years by generations of younger women.
It doesn’t matter who performs Barbie within the movie. It will draw a crowd and out-earn “Babylon” and “Amsterdam” mixed. And that’s even when the movie disappoints, which is at all times a chance.
Robbie’s horrible 2022 is simply the most recent signal that film stars now not assure ticket gross sales.