Russell Crowe is one of our finest actors. Period.
But movie goers don’t seem keen on paying good money to see him.
His 2009 drama “State of Play” tanked at the box office, and this past summer’s “Robin Hood” couldn’t rally enough enthusiasm to start a new franchise.
Crowe’s latest film, “The Next Three Days,” came in a disappointing fifth over the weekend. Not only did it get steamrolled by “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1″ – no shame there – but three films already in wide release also managed to whup it.
Crowe’s private life has drawn some scrutiny, but he’s hardly in Mel Gibson territory. And he does everything a modern actor is required to do, from altering his appearance for the right role and tag-teaming with some of the best directors around (Ron Howard, Ridley Scott and Paul Haggis to name just three).
This film critic is at a loss. Any guesses?
The weekend’s box office results also revealed a real distaste for “Skyline,” the alien invasion flick from the Brothers Strauss. The film plummeted more than 70 percent from its first week tally.
Update: The LA Times film blog takes a crack at the Crowe mystery and compares his masculine appeal to that of movie icon Steve McQueen.
(Photo: Russell Crowe plays a dedicated husband in the new thriller “The Next Three Days,” directed by Paul Haggis of “Crash” fame. Photo credit: Phil Caruso/Lionsgate Films)