Latest Rock Movie Is Box Office Flop
For the first time in years, it appears that a movie starring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson will be a box office flop.
Baywatch – a remake of the corny 90’s TV show best known for catapulting Pamela Anderson into the international spotlight – starring Johnson and Zac Efron, was expected to challenge the top of the charts this weekend, but instead sits in a disappointing third place.
With a gross of $18.1 million, Baywatch is trailing three-week old Batista vehicle Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2 ($19.9 million) and sits a considerable distance behind the widely panned fifth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean series, Dead Men Tell No Tales ($62.2 million). Prior to release, projections were that Baywatch would hit $50 million on its opening weekend.
The movie has also been brutally slammed by critics, with noted reviewers dismissing it as full of stale jokes and half-baked plot twists. The Rock took the reviews in good humour, taking to Twitter to say:
“Oh boy, critics had their venom and knives ready. Fans LOVE the movie. Huge positive scores. Big disconnect with critics and people.”
If Baywatch turns out to be both a critical and commercial disaster, Rock likely won’t worry too much – after all, his other movie currently showing in theaters – The Fate of the Furious – has made over $1.22 billion worldwide, making it the eleventh highest grossing film ever made.