Guess which blockbuster with big star is set for $100 MILLION loss? That’s WORSE than CatsJanuary 25, 2020
It’s not out until February 7 in the UK, but Robert Downey Jr’s Dolittle has already bombed domestically in the US. The $175 million blockbuster made just $30 million in its four day opening weekend, with a global total of just $57.3 million. According to The Wrap, multiple film finance experts believe Dolittle is set to make a loss of $100 million.
Such a financial misfire would be even worse than Universal’s Christmas flop in Cats.
The critically-panned CGI musical was made for around $90-95 million but lost only around $70 million.
Dolittle’s failure may come as a surprise to movie fans considering the bankability of its star Downey Jr.
Apart from heading up billon dollar Avengers movies, he did see his solo outing Iron Man 3 make $1.2 billion back in 2013.
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But aside from Marvel, perhaps Downey Jr isn’t as bankable as Universal had hoped.
Apart from the CGI, no doubt Dolittle’s expense will have come from its star-studded cast.
Downey Jr is used to eight-figure sums from Marvel movies, but the film also includes the voices of Antonio Banderas, Michael Sheen, Emma Thompson, Rami Malek, Tom Holland and more.
Meanwhile, the reviews have been pretty brutal for the retelling of Hugh Lofting’s doctor who can talk to animals.
Dolittle currently sits on 19 per cent positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes.
The website’s critical consensus reads: “Dolittle may be enough to entertain very young viewers, but they deserve better than this rote adaptation’s jumbled story and stale humour.”
The film was criticised for being too long and lifeless, with one reviewer calling it a “big-budget train wreck.”
Meanwhile, Downey Jr has revealed the one condition for an Iron Man return.
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The 54-year-old told Joe Rogan that he was done with Marvel movies for now, but he is open to a return if it really made sense narratively.
He said: “To me, starting up again is off the table. I feel like I’ve done all I could with that character.
“There would have to be a super compelling argument and a series of events that made it obvious. But the other thing is, I wanna do other stuff.”
Downey Jr also put it out there that: “We all have to do what [Marvel Studios boss] Kevin Feige says.”
If anything, the MCU could learn from Doctor Who, which saw actors who played The Doctor bow out and then occasionally come back for a one-off episode thanks to time travel.
For the show’s 50th-anniversary special David Tennant returned three years after leaving the role and presumably will be back for the 60th-anniversary episode in 2023 too.
Give it five or 10 years and we reckon we’ll be seeing Iron Man and Captain America cameos.
After all, with time travel and the now the Marvel multiverse being explored in future movies, anything is possible.
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