The new George Clooney movie, “Tomorrowland,” is a huge disappointment at the box office. The estimates for the Memorial Day weekend release of the movie were much higher than the estimated $32.2 million that the Brad Bird production is bringing in. After all, Disney reportedly spent $180 million in making the movie, according to Yahoo! News on Monday, which means the film company had expected a much better showing at the box office this past weekend.
As Memorial Day figures are being tallied, it is expected that the 3-day holiday weekend figures will be down an incredible 18 percent from last year. Last year, “X-Men: Days of Future Past” led the way to a holiday weekend that garnered $90.8 million. It was expected that “Tomorrowland” would follow in “X-men”’s footsteps. Instead, it made its own path. Even with horrendous outdoor weather happening through much of the country – which would cancel outdoor Memorial Day celebrations, of sorts – people have not flocked to the theaters to see George Clooney’s latest.
There are those that believe the growing political image of Clooney, who is extremely outspoken in political terms, has assisted in giving anything Clooney-related a sizable negative hit. According to Hollow Verse and a host of other sources that give stark revelations of stars, Clooney is an extremely proud liberal who has been extremely open about his extreme leftist-leanings. He has made his political leanings known by lending his star power to President Barack Obama during campaign season and to many liberal causes. He has used – some say abused – his public voice to express his detestation of war and many environmental issues, as well as other topics. Clooney boasts that he is one who enjoys his right to question authority while many see him as quite the opposite.
Instead, he is sometimes seen as someone who kisses authorities’ and influential politicians’ behinds to grab a headline via an influential “friend.” The word narcissism is the first word that comes to mind. Many believe he has gone Barbara Streisand-like overboard by turning his name into a political headline from the Hollywood headline that has given him fame and fortune. While such tactics don’t make him (or even Barbara Streisand) any less talented, it does turn some people away from them and and causing them to want to be entertained by others. After all, that’s all such a person really is to the vast majority of Americans – an entertainer.
“Tomorrowland” could be the first in a sign of Clooney’s political backlash being evidenced. Much like when people are given the opportunity to go to a Streisand concert or buy one of her CDs, people have actually said of Clooney, “I’m not spending money on something Clooney makes money off of!” And, there are obviously plenty of options for people to spend their money elsewhere when they’re disgusted with the outspoken entertainer’s views.
“Tomorrowland” and Clooney’s loss was “Pitch Perfect 2”’s gain. The Universal motion picture company’s sequel is coming in with a very impressive $30.3 million for the three day holiday weekend. It has done much better than expected – likely due to people buying tickets to that movie instead of the Clooney feature. Another movie that appears to be taking a huge chunk of the weekend finances at the box office is “Poltergeist 2” which could end up taking in $27.7 million (in its 4-day opening weekend). The close run over the weekend when “Tomorrowland” was expected to run away with the lead ended up with “Pitch Perfect 2” at a very close #2, “Mad Max: Fury Road” at #3 in its second weekend, and “Poltergeist 2” at #4.
According to USA Today, “Tomorrowland” is a futuristic land at Disney theme park. The film also stars Britt Robertson. The PG-rated film “flutters on the low end of Memorial Day openings.” After all, when one thinks of Memorial Day openings, one thinks of movies such as “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” which made $139.8 million on this weekend just eight years ago, according to Box Office Mojo. Prior to Clooney’s next entertainment endeavor, maybe he should consider spending more time on his job and less on his politics.