In the past few years, Will Smith has been the undisputed King of the summer box office. His films such as Independence Day, Men in Black, Bad Boys II, Hancock and many others all lead to massive grosses, domestically and internationally.
His newest film, however, crashes on the opening weekend, grossing only $27 million. It landed in in the third spot with a tepid “B” cinema score. This sci-fi film directed by M. Night Shyamalan is based on an original story by Will Smith. It also stared the Will Smith’s son, Jaden. The father and son collaboration found success in the 2006’s ‘The Pursuit of Happyness,’ which earned $163.6 million. This time, however, the casting gimmick didn’t lead to massive success.
The Lowest Ever
After Earth’s opening weekend was Will Smith’s lowest summer debut ever since the release of his Film ‘Made in America,’ which only accounted $11.8 million. ‘After Earth’ garnered even less than his 1999 film ‘Wild Wild West, which accounted $27.8 million.
The Possible Remedy
Sony hopes that the international gross can make up the lost ground of the film. This could certainly happen as some of Will Smith’s films often do well internationally than domestically. Last year, ‘Men in Black 3’ accounted $179 million in the US and $445 million overseas. They just hope “After Earth’ will enjoy the similar fate.
Other movies, which made in to the box office were Furious 6, Now You See Me, Star Trek into Darkness, and Epic. Outside the Top 5 was ‘The Hangover Part III’ which fell 62 percent in its second weekend.