Say It Ain’t So: 8 Movie Stars Who Are Losing Steam and Becoming Box-Office Failures


Editor’s Note: Most of these actors will always hold a spot in film history. However, recently they have been starring in movies that have flopped. Star power, it seems, doesn’t count for everything.

With an opening weekend take of $28 million, Tom Cruise’s new sci-fi film “Edge of Tomorrow” — which debuted June 6 — did even worse than his last sci-fi movie, 2013’s “Oblivion.” In the last eight years, Cruise has had only one hit (2011’s “Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol”). It looks like he’s nearing the end of his run as a major movie star, though we’ll see how “Mission: Impossible 5” does when it comes out next year.

The 51-year-old is not alone in his midlife crisis: Here are seven more movie stars whose careers are in trouble.

Russell Crowe

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It’s been over for Crowe, 50, for some time; “Noah,” spun as a hit, did only okay — $100 million in the US, which may cover the movie’s marketing costs, but won’t make much of a dent in the gargantuan production cost. The last time he was the leading attraction in a movie that made a lot of money was 2001, for “A Beautiful Mind.” (In 2007, “American Gangster” also did well, but Denzel Washington deserves the lion’s share of the credit.)

Audiences never really warmed to Crowe in the first place; “Gladiator” is the only other hit he’s ever had as a leading man. Compare that to his long string of flops: “Robin Hood,” “Body of Lies,” “State of Play,” “Cinderella Man,” “A Good Year,” “Proof of Life,” “The Insider,” etc.

George Clooney

Hollywood still loves the 53-year-old — he’s got the lead role in next year’s sci-fi extravaganza “Tomorrowland,” directed by “Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol’s” Brad Bird. Entertainment journalists still love him. But do audiences, really? If you don’t count his small role in “Gravity,” Clooney’s never had a big moneymaker, apart from the three “Ocean’s” movies and 2000’s “The Perfect Storm” — in which he was the third banana behind Mark Wahlberg and a bigass wave.

Colin Farrell

The spectacular failure of this year’s “Winter’s Tale” and 2012’s “Total Recall” remake have driven home the point that nobody cares about Colin Farrell, 38.

Every movie in which he’s been top-billed has flopped.

Every one.

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