‘The Hobbit’ Crushes Tom Cruise at the Box Office: Is the Movie Star’s Career Fading?
Film 2012/12/24 20:00:00
This weekend a little “Hobbit” from Middle Earth accomplished something that few before him have done. No, this has nothing to do with his “Unexpected Journey” to reclaim the Lonely Mountain. This is about the fact that he crushed one of Hollywood’s heavy hitters at the box office. While Bilbo Baggins had a $36.7 million take in his second week in theaters, Tom Cruise’s action flick “Jack Reacher” earned just $15.6 million.
Obviously the new Peter Jackson trilogy has a built in level of fanaticism after the success of this “Lord of the Rings” series. But there was time when Cruise couldn’t miss when he released a new flick. Of course, that was before the Oprah couch jumping incident, the high-profile endorsement of Scientology and the blindside he suffered in the Katie Holmes split. But all his personal issues aside, the bigger problem seems to be that the “Top Gun” star has made some less than stellar choices in recent years. Fans didn’t want to hear him sing bad ‘80s hair band songs in “Rock of Ages.” His return to the big screen with Cameron Diaz in “Knight and Day” was a disappointment. And his Hitler assassination movie “Valkyrie” was not a crowd pleaser.
Maybe “The Hobbit” was just too formidable a foe for “Jack Reacher” to take on. But the lackluster numbers could be a sign that Cruise’s career is in serious trouble. What do you think: Is the movie star’s career fading?
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