Wednesday, October 7, 2009

The Juno Honeymoon Is Over

Juno, the wildly popular, Oscar-winning film has proved sort of a curse to its stars. What do I mean exactly? The cast's/Diablo Cody's films have flopped ever since Juno and its stars/creators were though to be the next hot-ticket in Hollywood. Let's take a closer look:

Ellen Page- The knocked-up, titular star of Juno recently starred in Drew Barrymore's directorial debut Whip It! The movie got better than average reviews, yet only raked in $4.6 million in its first weekend.

Michael Cera- As the father of Juno's baby and the funny, awkward star of Superbad, Cera seemed to be a big box office draw. However, his next film, the lovely Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist, grossed a paltry $11.3 million in its first weekend, eventually coming to a halt just above $31 million. His next film, the not-so-critically-adored Year One, was a super-flop with Jack Black. The $60 million epic-comedy only mustered up a scant $43.3 million. And for a summer movie? That's pretty pitiful.

Diablo Cody- The Oscar-winning screenwriter of Juno made a successful foray into television with the Spielberg-produced and Emmy-award-winning The United States of Tara, starring Toni Collette. However, her next film, the horror-comedy Jennifer's Body that starred It-Girl Megan Fox and Amanda Seyfried (Mean Girls), flopped, and to date has brought in a weak $14.8 million on a $16 million budget.

Jason Bateman- Following the success of Juno, Bateman took a supporting role in the Russell Crowe starrer State of Play. But he was just a supporting player, so maybe it had nothing to do with him? He then starred in Extract, from Office Space helmer Mike Judge. Extract, like Office Space, sunk at the box office and only brought in $10.7 million.

Jennifer Garner- Never much of a box office draw but always called an "A-lister," Garner's first film after Juno was with Matthew McConaughey and called Ghosts of Girlfriends Past. Oh boy. The fantastical (using the word only to describe the plot, this is not a compliment) rom-com did not do wonders for either's career and brought in only $55 million, a lot less than other McConaughey starrers like How to Lose A Guy In Ten Days, Failure to Launch, or Fool's Gold. Her next role came in the Ricky Gervais film, The Invention of Lying, which just recently failed to find an audience and has brought in a measly $7.4 million so far.

Allison Janney- 9 to 5 recently closed on Broadway recently due to poor ticket sales. Poor Janney. Her new film, Life During Wartime is not getting good buzz, and the last film she was in, Sam Mendes's Away We Go, could not find a sizable audience and ended up with a mere $9.4 million.

Luckily Jason Reitman, the film's director, has been gaining lots of positive reviews for his new George Clooney-Vera Farmiga film entitled Up In The Air. However, stars and reviews don't always add up to box office dollars. Reitman, our fingers are crossed!

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