If the critics were any indication, we all knew this was coming. A Thousand Words, the new Eddie Murphy comedy (“new” insofar as the 2008-shot film hadn’t yet had a theatrical release), opened this weekend to a disappointing $6.2 million at the box office.
As Sergio reported last week, following years of delay, the film was universally panned by critics and received a record-breaking 0% score on Rotten Tomatoes.
There’s been lots of debate on this site about whether this is the end of Murphy’s career, considering that A Thousand Words is only the latest in a string of under-performing films the actor has led over the past few years.
I, like many, was hoping his potential Oscar hosting gig might shake things up a bit, but we all know what happened there. So, we’re left to wonder – what’s next for Eddie Murphy? What will it take to revive his on-screen persona and turn this thing around? If Dreamgirls didn’t do it, what will?