Guy Ritchie’s reunion for a not-quite-humorless/entirely-too-American and violent and “serious” heist picture with Jason Statham didn’t stir the box office much — $8.1 million was all “Wrath of Man” could manage. Decent reviews could have helped, but weren’t allowed to.
Billy Crystal’s sentimental comic-in-winter “Here Today” proved he’s over, and Tiffany Haddish is about 14 minutes into her 15. Well over a thousand streets, well under $1 million at the box office.
With the ongoing pandemic, movies without the fanatical fanbase that horror, comic book franchises or anime mainstays, etc (“Godzilla vs. Kong”) remain a very hard sell.
I don’t know what Sony could have done with Crystal’s comedy. His “crowd” has aged out of the habit and won’t be dragged into theaters for anything less than the comic second coming, which “Here Today” most definitely is not. Can’t have cost much, low risk and all, and I still wouldn’t have written him a check. Not for starring, co-writing and directing. Nobody to rein in that ego? Sure, NOBODY saw this coming.
Miramax releasing the MGM co-production “Wrath of Man” and imposing an after-the-last-minute embargo on reviews seems a dated, arrogant and in this case, wildly misguided effort to hide a movie that didn’t need hiding.