So far, Gemini Man has only grossed $36.5 million domestically and $82 million overseas. Obviously, the movie is the movie, but I would argue the things that made the movie as expensive as it was were not the things that made it more commercially viable. It’s not, for example, Angelina Jolie’s Tomb Raider, which offered four extended action sequences and little else, which was mostly constituted of Lara Croft shooting at computer-generated imagery. and “Downton Abbey” should wind up the weekend with more than $82 million in its first 24 days. The PG film, which has been marketed toward family audiences, follows Morticia, Gomez, Wednesday and Pugsley as the Addams family brings its love of the macabre to 21st century life in New Jersey. Like The Walk in IMAX, the story behind Gemini Man was that you shouldn’t bother if you can’t/won’t see it as intended. The star-studded voice cast includes Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloe Grace Moretz, Finn Wolfhard, Nick Kroll, Bette Midler, Allison Janney, Elsie Fisher and Snoop Dogg. company. Will Smith needs a franchise to open a movie. Like the recent Star Trek films or the Ghostbusters remake (both of which overspent on arbitrary spectacle), Gemini Man had an inflated budget due to elements that didn’t go toward creating a more commercial movie. Nor is it one of those “a prologue for a franchise” exercises. Gemini Man has garnered a lukewarm to outright negative critical response, with a 25 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes and a 38 percent average on Metacritic. Daily | An over-the-hill hitman faces off against a younger clone of himself. There are fewer and fewer moviegoers who will show up for a star-driven, original, adult-skewing studio programmer. It’s showing plenty of traction at multiplexes with a decline of under 50%. Should current estimates hold, “Joker” will go past $185 million by end of business on Sunday for the eight-largest 2019 title in North America. Cast information Crew information Company information News Box office. Paramount and Skydance Media shelled out $138 million to invest in the hyperrealistic visuals, while Fosun and Alibaba helped finance the movie. Yes, China is set to go on Monday, but the $30 million that Ang Lee’s Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk earned in China three years ago isn’t going to cut it here. Box Office Mojo and IMDb are trademarks or registered trademarks of, Inc. or its affiliates. “Joker” has already become profitable for Warner Bros., which partnered with Village Roadshow and Bron on the $55 million project. Your move, Avatar 2, but that’s a conversation for another time. ©, Inc. or its affiliates. by IMDbPro - an Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Will Smith in Gemini Man from Paramount Pictures, Skydance and Jerry ... [+] Bruckheimer Films. Ditto a “don’t need to leave the couch to watch it” Netflix movie like Bright. Conditions of Use Genres Action Drama Sci-Fi Thriller. © Copyright 2020 Variety Media, LLC, a subsidiary of Penske Business Media, LLC. Latest Updates: Will Smith versus Will Smith in 'Gemini Man', Ang Lee and Will Smith’s Gemini Man, an ambitious, original but poorly reviewed sci-fi flick, opened with just $20.5 million in domestic box office this weekend. 3,642 theaters. To most folks watching the movie in a conventional theater (or a standard 1080p Blu-Ray), the film is comparatively lacking in glossy bells and whistles and big-budget spectacle. You may opt-out by. In its second weekend at the domestic box office, it ultimately took a 59 percent performance hit. All Rights Reserved, This is a BETA experience. With the caveat that the reviews for the movie were lousy, folks either were turned off by the high-frame-rate (perhaps they got burned by the first Hobbit prequel), had no interest in 3-D or were unable to find a nearby theater playing it at a high frame rate. Ang Lee's Gemini Man, which stars Will Smith facing off against a younger version of himself, continues to disappoint at the box office. The cast includes Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Clive Owen and Benedict Wong. All Rights Reserved, This is a BETA experience. “Gemini Man” launched with $1.6 million at 3,000 North American sites in Thursday night preview screenings, similarly to Brad Pitt’s “Ad Astra,” which earned $1.5 million from Thursday previews before opening with $19 million. It’ll be another strike against Will Smith’s star power outside of a “safe” franchise/IP play. Weekend | Since Joker and Addams Family got better reviews anyway, Gemini Man was only the “must-see movie” of the moment for those too young for the R-rated drama, those explicitly interested in how the movie looked and felt and die-hard Will Smith fans. I don’t necessarily mean that in the sense of any number of big wannabe tentpoles that prioritize visuals and special effects over character and story. I’m not going to say that it was a visual disaster without the higher-frame rate, because that’s not true. By that I mean, going the route of Looper, Rian Johnson’s $40 million-budgeted) time travel hit man actioner (starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis), and just casting a young actor who resembles a young Will Smith, would have likely been significantly cheaper and offered similar narrative and emotional payoffs. News | The things that made Will Smith and Ang Lee's 'Gemini Man' too expensive to make money were not the things that made it a better and/or more commercial movie. That’s far above a trio of new entries, led by animated comedy “The Addams Family” with about $30 million at 4,007 venues — above the high end of forecasts. © 2020 Forbes Media LLC. Moreover, the choice to go with “young Will Smith,” which is part of what made it so expensive, didn’t make Gemini Man a better or more commercial film. All Time | The movie is the last theatrical release by CBS Films before it’s absorbed into CBS Corporation’s Entertainment Group. International | So far, Gemini Man has only grossed $36.5 million domestically and $82 million overseas. Its relative failure, barring a miracle overseas ($25.5 million in five days of domestic release), has rendered it another strike against the original, star-driven studio programmer in modern-day theatrical moviegoing. I’m sure James Cameron, whose Avatar sequels will be shot at a higher frame rate as well, is paying attention. If this were the 1990s, when this film was initially conceived, I’d be less concerned about a studio saying, “To hell with it, let’s ride or die!” to a filmmaker like Ang Lee and a star like Will Smith. Through Sunday, however, Gemini Man's foreign tally stood at an underwhelming $82.2 million. © 2020 Forbes Media LLC. Gemini Man, priced well outside the potential for profitability, will be taken as more than just a referendum on itself. Showdowns. Sci-Fi International | “Jexi” is opening amid modest expectations in the $2 million to $7 million range. And for those who just wanted a big-budget Will Smith action thriller, its bells and whistles went toward creating a less satisfying movie than merely casting a young look-a-like. By spending $138 million on what is essentially, quality notwithstanding, a small-scale Lionsgate Premiere-scaled action thriller, Paramount, Skydance and friends have done more than just create a financially impossible version of Gemini Man. Yes, the whole “young Will Smith” gimmick is interesting, but the expensive special effects don’t change the narrative in any specific way. When the few of those get thrown off by ridiculous plots (Serenity) or divisive visuals (Gemini Man), those moviegoers are likely to just stay home next time. “The Addams Family,” handled through MGM’s United Artists Releasing, has been projected to earn $21 million to $27 million from 4,007 venues. Opening $20,552,372. “Gemini Man” kicked off at the international box office last weekend with $7 million in five markets and will expand to 54 territories, including the United Kingdom, Russia and Mexico. Imagine a version of Gemini Man that pits Will Smith and, offhand, Justice Smith (no relation, but a fine actor who looks a lot like a young-and-brooding Will Smith), against each other. Showdowns. Latest Updates: IMAX Murderer. Is this a double dose of adrenalin? Drama Cast him as Deadshot in Suicide Squad or as Genie in Aladdin, and he’s worth his weight in gold. Our editorial content is not influenced by any commissions we receive. Gemini Man earned just $20.5 million domestically in its first three days, well behind reigning champion Joker ($55 million) and even new animated movie The Addams Family ($30.3 million). We’d get the same “tortured hitman comes face-to-face with a younger version of himself” story, but without the bells and whistles necessary to essentially create a CGI double of “young Will Smith.” Moreover, we’d spend more of the movie just engaged in the characters (and action), including the performance of whoever played the clone, as opposed to implicitly judging each shot of “Junior” in terms of whether it passed the uncanny valley of the smell test. “Gemini Man” debuts at 3,642 locations, with more than a third of those screening the film in high frame rate 3D+ format, employed by director Ang Lee to show Smith alongside a younger clone of himself. and Like Gravity, The LEGO Movie and Black Panther before it, Joker has become one of those movies that’s hit it big in such a way that it actively hurts the competition. Yes, that is ironic, considering De Niro became a star (and won his first Oscar) playing “young Marlon Brando” in The Godfather Part II. 2020 Action 16 VL 120 min. by IMDbPro - an Will Smith is still terrific, even if he’s more engaging as “old Will Smith” than “young Will Smith.” That actually brings me to the crux of Gemini Man’s core problem, commercially and artistically. With the caveat that I have yet to sample it in conventional 24 fps 2-D, Gemini Man wasn’t a very good movie and had little to offer beyond technology and “Will Smith versus Will Smith.”. Action company. I've studied the film industry, both academically and informally, and with an emphasis in box office analysis, for nearly 30 years. Ang Lee's Gemini Man, which stars Will Smith facing off against a younger version of himself, continues to disappoint at the box office. After a disappointing first week at the domestic box office, the companies had reportedly hoped to see the movie pick up more steam in China. 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Premium, Compact & Compact Plus will get it for R35 if they link their smartcards. Daily | © 2020 Complex Media, Inc. All Rights Reserved. I have extensively written about all. But the “star+concept” packages that once defined Hollywood are now (unless the budget is low enough) bad business. Gemini Man, priced well outside the potential for profitability, will be taken as more than just a referendum on itself. Rent for R40. Gemini Man was financed by four different companies, meaning the loss will be split between Skydance Media, Paramount Pictures, Fosun, and Alibaba. Joker and Addams Family were brutal competition. All rights reserved. Retrouvez les chiffres du box-office France & US pour le film Gemini Man. More importantly, by going the “CGI Will Smith” route, they made a movie so expensive that it had little chance of breaking even in its current form. Film opened to dismal reviews and a $20 million opening weekend I've studied the film industry, both academically and informally, and with an emphasis in box office analysis, for nearly 30 years. Will Smith’s “Gemini Man” is coming in under expectations with about $19 million at 3,642 locations. The tragedy is that, like Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway’s Serenity, the bells and whistles of Gemini Man may have both sabotaged the movie and jeopardized the industry. My outlets for film criticism, box office commentary, and film-skewing scholarship have included The Huffington Post, Salon, and Film Threat. Follow me at @ScottMendelson and "like" The Ticket Booth on Facebook. Joker has since gone on to be one of the most profitable comic book movies—and R-rated movies—ever, grossing over $737 million on a relatively small production budget of $55 million. As The Hollywood Reporter notes, the movie had a production budget of $140 million and roughly $100 million in marketing. COMPLEX participates in various affiliate marketing programs, which means COMPLEX gets paid commissions on purchases made through our links to retailer sites. The action thriller stumbled out of the gate, and it didn't fare much better during its second weekend, either. The action scenes, especially the big motorcycle chase that kicks off the second act, still impressed. It has even eclipsed the performance of the high-budget Justice League, which brought in a disappointing $657 million. And yes, if you’re someone who wants to experience something new and different at the movies, Gemini Man is worth it.

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