• Will Smith’s latest movie Gemini Man turns out to be a huge flop

    As per reports, Will Smith’s latest movie Gemini Man, directed by Ang Lee, is expected to lose up to $75 million. The production budget of the film was $138 million and another $100 million or even more was added as marketing costs.

    In its opening weekend in the US and Canada, the movie collected only $20.5 million and the worldwide collections have gathered around $118.7 million. The movie opened in China this weekend but even the second biggest movie-going market in the world could not rescue it from a financial disaster.

    Gemini Man collected $21 million over its opening weekend in China, falling behind Maleficent: Mistress of Evil’s collection figures of $22.4 million. At home, the movie’s collections dipped by 59% in the second weekend and it gathered only $8.5 million in North America in that period.

    The losses will be shared by the multiple financers of the project, which were Skydance Media, Paramount Pictures, Fosun, and Alibaba. While Paramount and Skydance funded 35 percent each, the China-based Fosun and Alibaba provided the remaining 30 percent. After such losses, the movie also puts a doubt on the continuation of foreign funding in Hollywood, especially from China.

    The movie was in development for 20 years and Will Smith plays an ageing hitman who finds himself in clash with his younger clone.  The highlight of the movie was the extensive use of de-aging technology along with a high-frame rate. The use of high frame rate filming has been a subject of debate among critics and audiences with some critics calling the technology ‘aesthetically repellent’.

    The movie was specially designed for 3D screens but only a dismal 26 percent of the foreign grosses for Gemini Man has been generated by 3D screens.

    Directed by Oscar winner Ang Lee, Gemini Man was turned down by the critics too. Its Rotten Tomatoes score of 25% is the worst ever for Lee. While many reviewers praised the technological aspects, the movie was severely criticized for being a narrative disaster.

    The surprising performance from Joker, which has turned out to be a blockbuster by gathering $737.5 million in global ticket sales so far, is also denting the market of Gemini Man.

    Smith has had a series of flops in this decade and Gemini Man is all set to be one of the worst flops of his career. The action film After Earth in which he starred with his son Jaden flopped in 2013. Winter’s Tale did worse in 2014, while Collateral Beauty and sports drama Concussion failed to make their mark in the box office.

    Smith will be seen next in Bad Boys For Life along with Martin Lawrence.  The third film of the Bad Boys franchisee is set to release in January 2020.

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