In the hyper-competitive world of box office draw, The Last Song has already covered its $20 million budget by pulling in a respectable $25 million over the first weekend of release. It has come in fourth behind expected number one Clash of the Titans, number two Why Did I Get Married Too? (produced by Mr. Money in the Bank Tyler Perry) and number three, the mega budget ($165 million) DreamWorks production How to Train Your Dragon.
Anyone wondering if Miley Cyrus AKA Hanna Montana could make the transition to the big screen should consider the nature of The Last Song. It is a heartfelt father daughter movie with a title that conjures up images of curling up in bed and looking out a rainy window ... not exactly faire that lights up the box office.
Stars making the transition from other mediums to the big screen are often judged harshly and can quickly become stigmatized into oblivion (See Ray Ramano – Welcome to Mooseport). But Miley has passed the test with a genre that is traditionally not box office friendly and now fans of the multi-faceted pop star can exhale in relief.
The Last Song tells the story of a young woman who is estranged from her father following her parents divorce. The father, a former concert pianist, now lives a quiet artist’s life on Tybee Island off the coast of Georgia. The young woman decides to join her father on the island with the hopes of healing their relationship.
It is a touching tale and one should not dismiss the power of a good story, but there are many good stories that never see the light of day. In this case, it appears Miley Cyrus is the X factor that has given The Last Song life.