Tom Cruise’s new film “Lions for Lambs” didn’t even crack the top three at the box office, and “Tom is not happy,” says a source close to the actor. “Lions,” Cruise’s first release since “Mission Impossible: III,” is also the first film to come from Cruise and Paula Wagner’s United Artists studio.
“Tom wanted to really hit a home run with his first United Artists movie,” says another source. “It was more about how the industry was going to view him than the moviegoing public that Tom was worried about.”
Despite the less-than-impressive numbers (for some context, refer to the weekend’s other new movie, “Fred Claus,” which earned $19 million), reps at United Artists say they’re “proud.” Says one rep: “We performed right at the pre-weekend predictions and are glad to have done that. Given the modest production and marketing budgets we do not need to be a blockbuster hit. Everyone at United Artists are very proud of the film and could not have had a more perfect filmmaker to have made our first film.”
‘Scrubs’ stars reveal least favorite guest stars
At the New York Comedy Festival’s panel discussion with the cast of “Scrubs,” which ends its seven-season run this year, it was revealed that the cast had a guest star they’d rather forget: “Tara Reid. She smelled like cigarettes and alcohol.” Ouch. On a brighter note, Keri Russell and Brendan Frasier earned high marks.
‘Bee Movie’ stings the box office
So I wasn’t right, but I wasn’t totally wrong, either. Neither new film this week — “Fred Claus” nor “Lions for Lambs” — managed to take over the No. 1 spot at the box office (this is the part where I was right). Instead, this week’s winner was “Bee Movie,” which raked in $26 million. “American Gangster” wasn’t far behind, grossing a little more than $24 million.