Despite aggressive youth-oriented marketing and an MTV brand, Kimberly Peirce‘s Stop-Loss didn’t make much of a play at the box office, taking in $4.5 million for a so-so average of $3,505. Personally, I didn’t expect anything more. Its reviews were good but not great (which is better than most Iraq themed films as of late can say), and though pretty and buzzy, its cast is not exactly filled with household names. Either way, though, Loss has a shot of becoming the second highest grossing narrative Iraq War (the latter one, not the H.W. Bush one, which has found mild success in Three Kings and Jarhead) film.
The list so far…
1. The Kingdom $47,536,778
2. Lions For Lambs $15,000,115
3. Rendition $9,736,045
4. In The Valley of Elah $6,777,741
5. Stop-Loss $4,525,000
6. Redacted $65,388
7. Grace is Gone $50,899
8. Home of the Brave $40,830
If one needs any further indication that the presence of movie stars don’t mean shit anymore (unless of course Will Smith is involved), this is it. Despite the presence of Meryl Streep, Reese Witherspoon, Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner, Robert Redford, John Cusack, Tommy Lee Jones, Charlize Theron, Jessica Biel, Susan Sarandon and Jake Gyllhenhaal, the unpleasant themes and disinterest of the American moviegoing audience won over. The combined gross of all of these films doesn’t even equal what “disappointment” 10,000 B.C. has taken in so far.
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