Rock of Ages and That's My Boy flop in the US
Story by Jack Foley
TOM Cruise’s Rock of Ages and Adam Sandler’s That’s My Boy have both flopped at the US box office.
The big screen version of the hit Broadway show, Rock of Ages took only $15.1 million to place third behind holdover titles Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted and Prometheus.
Sandler’s That’s My Boy, meanwhile, grossed $13 million to come in fifth behind Snow White & The Huntsman, which took $13.8 million, thereby marking the actor-comedian’s worst opening for a comedy in eight years.
Madagascar 3 took $35.5 million in its second weekend and has earned $120.5 million in its first 10 days of US release and a whopping $277.5 million world-wide.
While Ridley Scott’s Prometheus took a hefty $20.2 million in its second weekend and has now hit $88.9 million in the US and continues to go great guns abroad.
Commenting on Rock of Ages disappointing opening, Dan Fellman, Warner Bros. president of domestic distribution, admitted “the numbers aren’t great” and said: “It’s hard to fathom since the movie plays so well. I’m still optimistic we can overperform during the week because of women.”
Rory Bruer, Sony’s president of worldwide distribution, told The Hollywood Reporter, meanwhile, that they had hoped for more from Sandler’s latest given that he is usually such a consistently high performer for them, even with bad reviews.
“It is a crazy, off-the-wall raunchy R-rated comedy that audiences laugh like crazy at. Kudos to Adam for mixing it up. We love being in the Adam Sandler business.”