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Post by fava on Thu 31 Dec 2015, 17:11

I think there was a thread about whether this film was a "flop" or not, but I couldn't find it.  It was included in the Washington Post's list of 2015 box office failures.  Full link below, Tomorrowland section copied and pasted.

What we learned from 10 of the year's biggest box office failures

"Tomorrowland”
Disney has had a very good year, what with the latest “Star Wars” installment, Pixar’s “Inside Out” and “Avengers: Age of Ultron” from subsidiary Marvel Studios.
But tentpole “Tomorrowland” fell way short of expectations. It had the right ingredients: George Clooney in a starring role opposite next-big-thing Britt Robertson; Brad Bird, the man behind “Ratatouille” and “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol,” directing; “Lost” showrunner Damon Lindelof on script duty. But none of it was enough to elevate a visually arresting movie to anything more than eye candy. The story was dull and meandering. And the failure was serious: Domestically, the movie pulled in less than half of its $190 million budget. The movie did better overseas, but not nearly enough to break even.
THE LESSON: George Clooney’s star power goes far on the red carpet but not at the box office. Not that Clooney is to blame really. The truth is that big-name actors just simply aren’t enough to get people to theaters anymore.
See also: A slew of bombs featuring A-listers, including “Burnt,” “By the Sea,” “Hot Pursuit,” “Our Brand Is Crisis” and “Secret in Their Eyes.”

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Post by PigPen on Thu 31 Dec 2015, 17:22

THE LESSON  



Unfortunately, this seems to be true.  Let's face it, he gets more PR coming and leaving restaurants, etc than he does for his work.  Yes, he's done a great deal for charities etc.  But for the most part.......a good part of the general public  recognizes him as a Kardashian wannabe.  Sad                                                                                                                 

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Post by Joanna on Thu 31 Dec 2015, 18:17

PigPen wrote:THE LESSON  



Unfortunately, this seems to be true.  Let's face it, he gets more PR coming and leaving restaurants, etc than he does for his work.  Yes, he's done a great deal for charities etc.  But for the most part.......


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good part of the general public  recognizes him as a Kardashian wannabe.  Sad                                                                                                                 

Come come PP. Making that last statement needs validating.

Can we see copies of your studies/interviews/evidence etc please.

Or are you writing under the influence of the Good Stuff again. Hmmmm ?

lol!
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Post by Katiedot on Tue 05 Jan 2016, 00:16

Well, I think that's a stretch. He gets plenty of publicity for his films - same as other actors do too.

For me the problem with Tomorrowland was that it just wasn't a very compelling story. I felt like it was made for children rather than adults; there was something very simplistic about it.
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Post by Donnamarie on Tue 05 Jan 2016, 02:08

I agree Katiedot.  Tomorrowland wasn't compelling.  But I also don't think it was appealing to kids either.  It didn't find its niche audience at all.  Sad.  I read the Post article and wisely they didn't blame George for the shortcomings.  It was the story itself that fell short.

And the Post smartly pointed out that big name stars don't drive the box office anymore.
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Post by LizzyNY on Tue 05 Jan 2016, 03:19

So kind of them to admit that George isn't to blame for this movie being a flop! IMO the writing and editing were completely at fault. It seemed as if the writers had an interesting premise but didn't know how to turn it into an engaging or exciting story. Then they over-hyped it to the point that it could never live up to expectations. I sometimes wonder if anyone even watches these movies before they're released. scratch

Being in some ways a case of arrested development, I enjoyed the movie - especially George's performance. It wasn't anywhere near as good as it should have been. IMO a major missed opportunity - NONE of which was George's fault!

(PP - Kartrashian wannabe?!!! Really?!!!  Shame on you! That's just mean! Razz )
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