Budget: $130 million Worldwide gross: $243.6 million
Will Smith is a Hollywood A-lister who has had mega-hits with the Men in Black franchise and Independence Day. But After Earth, which also starred his son, Jaden, was a bomb at the domestic box office when it opened in late May. Sony’s sci-fi film opened third with a debut of $27.5 million and went on to earn $60.5 million domestically.
Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx: 'White House Down'
Budget: $150 million Worldwide gross: $134.6 million
Channing Tatum has been one of the hottest actors in Hollywood in recent years, generating box-office success with a variety of films including romantic drama The Vow and Steven Soderbergh-directed stripper story Magic Mike. So many expected the duo of Tatum and Jamie Foxx to bring in the big bucks this summer. However, White House Down had a poor June opening in theaters, debuting at No. 4 with $24.8 million opening weekend.
Helen Mirren, Bruce Willis: 'Red 2'
Budget: $84 million Worldwide gross: $104.9 million
The first Red film was a box-office success, due in part to the many big names that appeared onscreen in Summit's action comedy. Many, including Helen Mirren, John Malkovich and Bruce Willis, returned for the sequel, along with new additions Catherine Zeta-Jones and Anthony Hopkins, among others. The film opened in fifth place in the U.S., earning $18.5 million in its debut.
Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton: 'The Big Wedding'
Budget: $32 million Worldwide gross: $21.8 million
The Big Wedding had a big cast that included Robert De Niro, Katherine Heigl, Diane Keaton, Amanda Seyfried, Topher Grace, Susan Sarandon and Robin Williams. With all those Hollywood names, the film seemed ripe for a good showing at the box office. But when Lionsgate released the comedy in late April, it failed to make it down the aisle, having earned a soggy $21.8 million to date.
Jeff Bridges, Ryan Reynolds: 'R.I.P.D.'
Budget: $130 million Worldwide gross: $61.7 million
Jeff Bridges may be "The Dude" but his latest film was a dud when it opened in mid-July. Also starring Ryan Reynolds, Universal's R.I.P.D. had earned only $32.8 million domestically and $61.7 million worldwide.
Tyler Perry: 'Peeples'
Budget: $15 million Worldwide gross: $9.2 million
Tyler Perry's films, especially the Madea franchise, have been solid earners at the box office, but putting his name on a film does not a hit make. Tyler Perry Presents Peeples was directed by Tina Gordon Chism and starred Scandal actress Kerry Washington and The Office's Craig Robinson. It became the lowest earner at the box office ever for a Tyler Perry production.
Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson: 'The Internship'
Budget: $58 million
Worldwide gross: $78.5 million
Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson hit comedy gold with 2005's Wedding Crashers and hoped to do it again with The Internship. Playing unemployed men who take internships at Google, Vaughn and Wilson were unable to repeat their past success in Fox's comedy.
Johnny Depp: 'The Lone Ranger'
Budget: $250 million Worldwide gross: $230.4 million
Johnny Depp has long been considered an international box-office magnet. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and Alice in Wonderland brought in north of $1 billion each. The Lone Ranger, however, fell flat at the box office, earning only $86 million domestically and $143.8 million in foreign markets.
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