Saturday, September 19, 2009

Why "Jennifer's Body" is "Tanking" at the Box Office

The movie "Jennifer's Body" is "tanking" at the box office this weekend, projected to earn less than $8 million.

How can this be? It features dialogue by Oscar-winning former stripper Diablo Cody, it features a make-out scene between two attractive young women, and it features a plot that is sort of "The Exorcist" mixed with "High School Musical." So I've heard.

It also stars Megan Fox. That woman is all over the place. She's appeared in two major hit films, "Transformers," and "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen."

So why is her new film "tanking"?

First of all, if I made a film that earned $7.5 million in one weekend, I would be ecstatic. But considering the two "Transformers" films earned that much in about one single minute during their opening weekends, "Jennifer's Body" is likely to be seen as a disappointment.

Let's take a look at a couple of images from Ms. Fox's two hit films:


Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Now let's take a look at an image from "Jennifer's Body":
Jennifer's Body.

Notice the difference? In the films in which Megan Fox has appeared that have been hits, she has costarred with the charming young actor Shia LaBeouf.

Because Mr. LaBeouf does not appear in "Jennifer's Body," it is "tanking."

Compare their respective film careers. Since 2007, the year in which the first "Transformers" film debuted, Mr. LaBeouf has appeared in "Disturbia," "Surf's Up," "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," "Eagle Eye," "New York, I Love You," and "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen." Those films have made a combined (estimated guess based on doing no research) $2.5 billion.

Ms. Fox has appeared in "How to Lose Friends and Alienate People," "Whore," "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," and "Jennifer's Body." Those films have made a combined (estimated guess based on doing no research) $900 million-- all of it from the "Transformers" sequel.

Megan Fox needs to ensure her agent casts her only in films in which Shia LaBeouf costars. Otherwise, she's going to find her films coming in behind movies about meatballs and Jennifer Aniston.

Megan Fox strikes a subtle pose.

Transformers 2 pic source.
Transformers pic source.
Jennifer's Body pic source.
Subtle Megan Fox pic source.


Jessica said...

Wow! She's got quite a repertoire of movie titles. Suitable, I guess.

Well, this goes to show that good looks don't always take you all the way... wherever it is they take you.

Anonymous said...

I think you are forgetting her breakout hit role in Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's "Holiday in the Sun", where she played (what else?) a slutty teen with a ghetto accent. Award winning.

Ricky Sprague said...

Jessica, I agree that good looks don't always take you all the way. If they did, I would be much better off.

oliviakate- I've been TRYING to forget the Olsen twins' lone misstep, "Holiday in the Sun." Thanks for reminding me!