Geezer Chic: Hollywood Vets Storm Weekend Box Office

Last Vegas Movie 2013

Harrison Ford, Robert Redford bow pics, along with 'Last Vegas' troupe

It’s raining older men at the weekend’s domestic box office, as a troupe of Hollywood legends, including Harrison Ford, Robert Redford and the “Last Vegas” quartet, stormed theaters.

The timing of these releases, while purely coincidental, saw mixed results, with Ford in “Ender’s Game” leading the pack.

The Lionsgate-Summit film failed to drum up enough support from teens to meet expectations set by previously successful YA adaptations. But Ford, who starred in the recent flop “Paranoia” (not his fault), can hardly be blamed for not bringing in the crowds.

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“Ender’s Game,” which is based on the 1985 Orson Scott Card novel, toplines youngsters Asa Butterfield and Hailee Steinfeld, along with another vet actor Ben Kingsley.

Unlike Ford, who wasn’t the main draw for “Ender’s Game,” the foursome in CBS Films’ “Last Vegas” — Robert DeNiro, Morgan Freeman, Michael Douglas and Kevin Kline — are front-and-center intended to attract an adult audience. The four “Vegas” vets, all of whom are 66 or older (Freeman is the oldest at 76), star in the film about a group of friends who go to Las Vegas for one last hurrah.

SEE ALSO: Film Review: ‘Last Vegas’

As expected, “Last Vegas,” which scored an ‘A-‘ CinemaScore, grossed 83% of its estimated $16.5 million opening from audiences 25 and over, with filmgoers over 50 contributing 47%.

Of the foursome, Freeman has had the most successful box office presence of late, thanks to the “Dark Knight” films, as well as “Olympus Has Fallen,” “Oblivion” and “Now You See Me” all raking in considerable business. DeNiro, meanwhile, scored last year at the box office with “Silver Linings Playbook,” for which he received his seventh Oscar nomination.

While Ford and the “Last Vegas” crew shared the spotlight, Redford toplines Roadside Attractions’ “All Is Lost,” a one-man-show that thrusts the 77-year-old actor — making him the oldest of the bunch — into the elements alone at sea.

“All Is Lost,” from director J.C. Chandor, expanded to 131 locations in its third weekend, grossing $593,000 for an average of just $4,532 per screen. The weekend performance is a paltry one, though strong reviews centered on Redford’s performance could help the film leg out over the coming weeks. Pic has cumed $1.5 million.

SEE ALSO: Film Review: ‘All Is Lost’

All the pressure for this film is on Redford, who has been in front of the camera only once in the last five years, with “The Company You Keep,” which he also directed. That film grossed a meager $5 million earlier this year, though it had mostly negative reviews. “All Is Lost” is at 94% on Rotten Tomatoes.

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  1. Stephan Klose says:

    I think at this point in time the only chance for Ford to make an impact Box Office wise would be either Star Wars VII (where I am not sure if his current status is yes or no) or another Indiana Jones which I would very much like to see. Even though the really left a very bad impression with the last one. (Which I actually enjoyed except for a few very, very stupid scenes and I don’t even mean the Fridge Scene). DeNiro hasn’t had much luck either. Redford… hmm good question .. he would need to do something major like “Sneakers 2” .. although tbh I am not sure if todays Moviegoers even remember that one. As for Freeman.. he shouldn’t have any problems. He can always play either the president or God and he’s set to go. (Also liked him a lot in “Now you see”).
    Ok, these were my 2 cents.. or this case $5.62

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