Is Rock of Ages the Flop of Ages?
If Tom Cruise half naked and singing isn’t going to get people out to the theaters, then I don’t know what will. Channing Tatum naked and dancing? Yeah, that will probably go over much better.
Tom Cruise, Julianne Hough, Alec Baldwin, and Russell Brand all star in Rock of Ages and despite their collective star power, it just wasn’t enough to cut it this weekend at the box office.
In it’s opening weekend, the film brought in an underwhelming $15.1 million.
To put it in perspective, this is Tom Cruise’s worst opening weekend ever. Even his romantic comedy heist movie Knight and Day with Cameron Diaz brought in more money in the first weekend and a) nobody even remembers that movie, b) it got a 50% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and c) what genre is rom-com heist?!
Rock of Ages couldn’t even compete with an animated movie! Madagascar 3 opened in theaters last Friday and the animated kid flick STILL pulled in $35.5 million this weekend - in it’s second weekend! People wanted to see Chris Rock as a Zebra rather than Julianne Hough as a stripper and Tom Cruise as a rocker. Where are our priorities?
Charlize Theron’s Prometheus came out last week as well and still managed to rake in more money in it’s second weekend ($20.2 million).
To be fair, Rock of Ages was nothing more than a two-hour '80s hair metal themed episode of “Glee.” If you watched the episode of “Glee” when they sing Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing,” you’ve basically already seen Rock of Ages.