Will Smith’s “After Earth” was grounded at the weekend box office by “Fast & Furious 6” that retained it’s No. 1 spot. Smith’s sci-fi dud, which also stars his son, Jaden Smith, came in well below expectations, taking third place with $27 million, $10 million below estimates. Director M. Night Shyamalan should be ashamed of himself to direct such a horrible movie.
“After Earth” has been excoriated by critics, which was beaten by Liongate/Summit Entertainment’s bank robbing caper “Now You See Me,” starring Morgan Freeman, with a haul of $28.1 million.
Sony Pictures/Columbia’s “After Earth” marks a stunning fall from box office grace for Will Smith, who was riding a wave of movie success 10 years ago. Only 12 percent of critics recommended the film, while only 54 percent of fans liked it, RottenTomatoes.com reports. In other words, “After Earth” was a humongous flop. Possibly the worst movie of 2013.
As of Friday, Deadline Hollywood reports, “After Earth” grossed “2.5 times worse than Jaden Smith’s “Karate Kid” reboot and half of Oblivion‘s opening” with Tom Cruise. In other words, Jaden Smith’s body of work is the result of Hollywood nepotism.
Rounding out the top five were animated fantasy ‘Epic,’ which starred Beyonce and Colin Farrell, in fourth place with $16.4 million, followed by “The Hangover Part III,” with $15.9 million.