Moviefone have posted an interesting article about the state of Reese’s career – initially I thought this would be quite a negative article, and not something I’d want to post here, but upon reading it all it’s actually very interesting. It offers an interesting analysis of her current status in Hollywood and her popularity, and makes some good points. Have a read, and feel free to comment if you have an opinion on it that you’d like to share!
Back in 2005, Reese Witherspoon was a top star; she was earning $15 million a picture, was a reliable box office draw in romantic comedies, and proved her mettle as a dramatic actress by winning an Oscar for “Walk the Line.” Today, she’s a performer whose last $100-million hit was four years ago, who starred in one of Hollywood’s costliest recent flops, and whose current romantic comedy (20th Century Fox’s “This Means War”) suffered a last-minute release date change, away from its initially scheduled Feb. 14th premiere, apparently because she wasn’t a big enough draw for Valentine’s Day date-night audiences. Yet she’s still earning a reported $15 million per picture. Which raises the question: how does Witherspoon manage to remain an A-list star, in demand for leading roles in big-studio movies, even as her box office drawing power has waned?
Last fall, Forbes ranked Witherspoon fourth on its annual Most Overpaid Actors list; according to the magazine, only Drew Barrymore, Eddie Murphy, and Will Ferrell offered Hollywood producers a lower return on investment. The chief reason: the high-profile failure of her 2009 romantic comedy “How Do You Know,” which cost $120 million to make but returned only $30 million at the domestic box office. Before that, her last big hit was 2008′s “Four Christmases.” That comedy earned $120 million, but arguably, at least half the credit could be attributed to her co-star, Vince Vaughn. Otherwise, her record since 2005 includes the flops “Rendition” and “Penelope” (both of which topped out around $10 million in the U.S.) and the modest success “Water for Elephants,” which cost $38 million and earned back $57 million in North America.
“This Means War” which sees spies Chris Pine and Tom Hardy sabotaging each other as rivals for Witherspoon’s affections, looks on paper like the kind of romantic comedy that drew ticketbuyers back in the days of such Witherspoon hits as “Sweet Home Alabama” and “Just Like Heaven.” Actually, however, it’s more of an action comedy, about guys blowing stuff up, with a romance angle to it, a la “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” (which shares a screenwriter, Simon Kinberg, with “This Means War.”) So it’s far from a traditional Valentine’s Day movie, despite the way it’s been marketed. No wonder Fox decided to move it away from Feb. 14, where it would have competed against the newly-opened “The Vow,” a more traditional, tearjerking romance starring Rachel McAdams, who is practically a sure thing at the box office in that kind of movie.
Starring Water for Elephants/Legally Blonde’s Reese Witherspoon, Star Trek’s Chris Pine, and Inception/The Dark Knight Rises’ Tom Hardy, McG’s This Means War scored an unexciting — though better than initially estimated — $20.4m at 3,189 North American sites this four-day Presidents Day weekend, according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo.
This Means War trailed Ryan Reynolds/Denzel Washington’s Safe House and Rachel McAdams/Channing Tatum’s The Vow, Josh Hutcherson/Dwayne Johnson’s Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, and Nicolas Cage’s Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. To date, including Tuesday preview screenings, the Witherspoon-Pine-Hardy movie has pulled in $22.01 million domestically.
Internationally, including top markets Russia and Australia, the $65m-$70m-budgeted romantic comedy/action flick mix earned $11 million. That’s also better than expected, though hardly blockbuster material.
The story of two spies fighting for the affections of the same woman, This Means War was widely panned by film reviewers. It has a (quite rotten) 24% approval rating among Rotten Tomatoes’ top critics.
So far, things for This Means War don’t look all that promising abroad — but then again, they don’t look all that disheartening, either. Number one openings in Australia and Russia (as per The Hollywood Reporter), even if somewhat low key, are nothing to sneer at.
I should add that an important reason Witherspoon’s Water for Elephants did decent business overseas was the presence of Robert Pattinson, who has a huge following as a result of the Twilight Saga movies co-starring Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner. One obstacle This Means War will have to surmount is that neither Chris Pine nor Tom Hardy has Pattinson’s following abroad.
- Read the full article, with mention of Reese’s recent box office statistics, at altfg.com
Last Saturday Reese made an appearance at the ACE Eddie Awards in Beverley Hills, where she presented her friend and Election director Alexander Payne with the ACE Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year award. Reese looked smart and chic in a Boca Negra black trouser suit with Manolo Blahnik shoes, and her hair tied back.
Check out the photos in our Gallery:
• ACE Eddie Awards x26
Reese Witherspoon plays a woman wedged in a love triangle between two CIA agents and best friends, played by Tom Hardy and Chris Pine, in the action/romance Valentine’s Day comedy “This Means War.”
But it’s her on-screen and off-screen friendship with co-star Chelsea Handler that has everyone raising eyebrows.
Even the typically sweet actress is confused about how she became so close to the potty-mouthed late night comedian.
“We’re the most unlikely friends – like on ‘Animal Planet’ where the giraffe and turtle make friends,” Witherspoon told Fox411′s Pop tarts column regarding her Handler friendship. “That’s us.”
The Oscar-winning actress, who last year tied the knot for the second time with Hollywood agent Jim Toth, also said she knows precisely what characteristics a man requires to keep her happy.
“Great character, loyal and honest,” she declared.
And if Witherspoon, who won her Oscar for her moving portrayal of country music legend June Carter, was ever to stand before Jennifer Lopez on “American Idol” – she already knows what tune she would belt.
“’Angel from Montgomery,’ the John Prine song,” she quipped.
Reese Witherspoon’s character in the romantic comedy This Means War may be the luckiest girl in the world after having the privilege to choose between two gorgeous and charming men.
Though she’s happily married in real life, SheKnows had to know: Who would Reese Witherspoon pick if she had to choose between her This Means War co-stars Chris Pine and Tom Hardy?
“Oh gosh, I don’t know,” Reese told us. “I haven’t seen their skills.”
Take a peek at the French trailer for This Means War, or Target, as it is titled in France. The movie hits cinemas there on March 14th.
I don’t usually post movie reviews here anymore, partly because there are so many, and partly because I think it’s nicer for you to search out and read a variety of the ones you want, rather than me just posting the good ones here But I’ve just come across this This Means War review from the New York Times which I thought had an interesting comment on Reese’s career. Have a read below, and if you want more This Means War reviews, head on over to Google and Google News to do a search…
Buddy C.I.A. Officers Trade Guns for Roses
The cute couple in the strained, largely mirthless romantic comedy “This Means War” sometimes walk and talk alike. And because this is something of a spy flick — aspirationally, it aims for a genre hybrid along the lines of “Mr. and Mrs. Smith,” with its locked-and-loaded love — the pair can execute a nice run-and-gun pas de deux. They’re awfully pretty these two, light on their feet and easy with the banter, but because they’re played by Tom Hardy and Chris Pine, and the age of mainstream-studio gay love has yet to dawn, Reese Witherspoon keeps getting in the way.
Reese’s new action-comedy movie This Means War is released in US theatres nationwide today! Reese stars alongside Tom Hardy and Chris Pine in what has been called her “sexiest role yet”, and a plot that she describes as “every woman’s fantasy”!
The world’s deadliest CIA operatives are inseparable partners and best friends until they fall for the same woman. Having once helped bring down entire enemy nations, they are now employing their incomparable skills and an endless array of high-tech gadgetry against their greatest nemesis ever – each other.
Check out all our News & Updates on the movie (Reese has been busy promoting it!), as well as all the photos we have from the movie. And don’t forget to pay a visit to the Official Site. The official theatrical trailer is below.
Are you going to see the movie? Have you already been?! We’d love to hear your thoughts on it, so come and pay us another visit once you’ve seen the movie and tell us what you thought about it. Keep the spoilers at bay though, please – the ending is sure to be a surprise!
FoxSingapore have released a promotional featurette video for This Means War, with clips from the movie, interviews, and behind the scenes footage. Most of it we’ve seen before, but there are a couple of Reese interview snippets that I haven’t seen before. See for yourself:
Oscar winning star Reese Witherspoon sits down with the MediaJor (Jorge Carreon) to dish about the joys of making her first real action pic, “This Means War,” the importance of having the counsel of good friends and why Cheetohs will forever remind her of pal/co-star Chelsea Handler.