It’s not always easy for actors to pick the right movie for their career. Some top-notch actors start off fast only to hit a few speed bumps by picking a film that doesn’t perform well at the box office. This is doubly true when it comes to comedians and movies because it is not always easy to recapture the magic when the laughter stops. Actor and comedian Adam Sandler had his fair share with successful films, but now it appears that the love from his fans and moviegoers may be drying up.
Yahoo movies reports that Sandler’s newest film “Blended” with co-star Drew Barrymore is now considered to be his biggest box-office flop and even his co-star couldn’t save the movie. It’s been a decade since the two stars had collaborated in a film, starting with the highly successful “The Wedding Singer” and “50 First Dates.” “Blended” opened during this Memorial Day weekend with only $14 million at the box-office, which put its debut in the third spot. That may seem like a pretty decent opening for anyone who looks at the box office results, as being in the top five seems like a success. But for the movie studio that spent a little over $45 million to make it, “Blended” is surely disappointing.
Judging by his other recent films, this is par for the course. “Blended” did make a little more money than his 2012 film “That’s My Boy” which grossed only $13.4 million. And his most disappointing film -- one that nobody would like to talk or think about -- was 2011’s “Jack and Jill,” which grossed $25 million at the box office. Still, the new film couldn’t compare to Sandler’s and Barrymore’s previous films with “50 First Dates” grossed $39.8 million and in 1998 “The Wedding Singer” grossed $18 million when the film debuted – before ticket prices spiked.
The Wrap also reports that the three-time Razzie winner isn’t really bringing his fans into the theaters to see his movies because Sandler’s audience has matured and moved on to other films. Plus other comics are taking his spotlight with new and raunchier R-rated films, with names like Seth Rogan (Neighbors, This is the End), Judd Apatow (This is 40), Seth MacFarlane (Ted), and lets not forget Zach Galifiankis (The Hangover Trilogy) to name a few, stealing Sandler’s thunder for some time.
Exhibitor Relations vice-president and senior analyst Jeff Bock, talks about the actor’s struggles with his latest films.
“What this shows, after misses like ‘Jack and Jill,’ ‘That's My Boy’ and ‘Blended,’ is that Sandler, like everyone else in the comedy world, now has to dig a bit deeper to deliver a hit these days,” said Bock. “Unless, of course, he plunges into ‘Grown Ups 3.'”
In all honesty, movies are forever changing, and with it, moviegoers and critics tastes also changes. If Sandler wants to find success again at the box-office, maybe he needs to change things up a bit. If you start from his earlier hits, some of the physical slapstick humor gets pretty repetitive. If anything, maybe Sandler should go where most stars go to gradually return as kings or queens of box-office: Disney animation films are everyone’s friends. Or perhaps, with their ever-expanding scope, he could score a role in a Marvel Cinematic Universe. In any event, as these middle-brow comedies prove, Sandler needs to find a new direction.