Stallone, De Niro KO’d at the Box Office

Stallone, De Niro KO'd the Box

Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro are two of the most championed fighters in Hollywood history, starring in 1970s and ’80s boxing pics “Rocky” to Martin Scorsese’s “Raging Bull,” but this year, the duo have struggled mightily at the box office.

“Grudge Match,” which opened Christmas day and stars the veteran actors, finished in 11th place on Friday at the box office with $2.4 million and is expected to earn just $13 million through Sunday.

Warner Bros.-based producer Bill Gerber had hoped that “Grudge Match” will offer a parallel box office success story to the 2008 hit “Grand Torino,” which starred Clint Eastwood and went on to gross $270 million worldwide. But so far, “Grudge Match” has been a swing and a miss financially.

Made for $40 million, “Grudge Match” still has plenty of time to find older audiences but the boxing comedy wraps an otherwise forgettable year for Stallone and De Niro at the box office.

“Bullet to the Head,” Stallone’s recent action film (also distribtued by Warner Bros.), was one of the biggest underachievers of 2013, earning just $9.4 million worldwide on a $55 million budget.

Meanwhile, Lionsgate’s “The Big Wedding,” co-starring De Niro and Diane Keaton, only generated $21 million this past year, falling well short of its $35 million budget.

But given their track records, the actors will likely bounce back in 2014.

Stallone will release another “Expendables” movie in August while De Niro has several projects on the horizon, including a new comedy “The Intern” co-starring Reese Witherspoon.

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  1. ted says:

    Bobby D screwed up his career, but playing the goofball. Sly is Sly; about the goofiest thing you’ll see Dirty Harry do is have a tough time getting on his hourse in The unforgiven, and that’s why he remains on top.” I know what you’re thinking.”

  2. ted says:

    You can’t compare Dirty Harry with these two

  3. occultology says:

    This movie would be a hit if audiences still went to the movies every week, as in the 1930s and 1940s. However, the extreme ticket admission prices of today have ruined the attendance practices of the american movie-going public. Most people cannot afford to waste 40 bucks (pair of tickets, food & drink,etc) on something “that MIGHT be good”. Hollywood and its theater exhibitors are killing their own golden goose. Cheaper prices translate into greater audiences (see Walmart for details).

    • Usagi says:

      That’s why you eat before you go to the theaters. So you don’t have worry about paying for food. This is not rocket science people.

  4. Tom Wall says:

    Stallone plays the cement head to a T because he is not acting. He is too stunned to realize that replaying these same characters ad nauseum just continues to cheapen the original with each time out. Another pathetic display.

  5. this might have had a chance if A. Dinero hadn’t been reused over and over and over again in the same archetype character over the past 15 years. good acting crunched into cheap writing many times over with B. Stallone having done the series of Rocky films to death and then coming back for Rocky Balboa then, yet again in that same archetype as an aging boxer vs another aging and well known fighter,.. well we as a public have just seen that story served too many times.

  6. The writer’s also forgetting that De Niro had two mid range hits with both The Family and Last Vegas. Box office-wise, h didn’t have as bad a year as this implies. A Variety reporter should know better.

  7. No surprise here….
    This just reeks with the stench of a dud.

  8. There both Great Actors ‘what ever they do is bad ass any way we love them and we want to see them

  9. stubby says:

    I feel like a lot of actors and actresses appear in a movie( Arnold, Diane ,Jack , Cher , Al , Sly etc.)just to pay the taxes on their mansions.I wish they would just retire gracefully.

  10. DG says:

    We need to stop measuring a film’s success by “the weekend box-office derby” numbers–which are mostly bought.

    We all know that they mean virtually nothing without considering a film’s budget, P&A spend, split with the theaters, contract terms with the distributor, etc.

    It’s what a film achieves in all markets over time and what eventually comes down the waterfall that matters.

  11. Bam Bam says:

    That cellulite cow Kim Kardashian and the rest of her dysfunctional family area Hollywood idols…that alone should tell you the sorry state of our society.

  12. Will Smith says:

    Yeah, that’s what I want to see, two old farts boxing. You people that pay to see this garbage are the problem with the world these days, you’re stupid.

    Plus all these leftie millionaire stars support Obama, the biggest LIAR in history.

  13. Jonny says:

    Yeah, but Escape Plan did really well, approaching $130m worldwide on a $50m budget.

  14. Julienne says:

    Most people their age are in retirement homes and wheel chairs…that’s 75% of their audience.

    Movies are for people that are dating… or parents trying to entertain their kids. HELLLLOOOOOOO?

    • Usagi says:

      “Movies are for people that are dating… or parents trying to entertain their kids.”
      You do realize you sound like an idiot right?

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  16. JOE S HILL says:

    Stallone and DeNiro-two of the biggest stars of United Artists’ groundbreaking movies,”ROCKY” and
    “RAGING BULL”,should really make a dent with the Box Office,in their latest movie-hope it does well,
    but if it doesn’t,their past movies will still dominate the higher quality of standards!

  17. bb says:

    Of course, Mr. Gerber would hope for a parallel success story to Gran Torino. It’s the only hit he produced. Unfortunately, their is no basis in reality to expect similar results. Please don’t tell me WB Execs bought that line of crap. This film has more in common with the other duds produced by Mr. Gerber.

  18. William says:

    Retire Retire Retire Please Guys!

  19. Don Benn says:

    Just back from watching film in a theater filled with a wide variety of viewers who laughed and cheered and darn well enjoyed the movie (as did my wife and myself). All I ask from in a movie is to be engaged and entertained…..and this did both. Granted, I’m 62 and fit a certain “demo”…….but I was one of the older folks in the room.

  20. sluggo says:

    Both actors need to run down “Kramer” from Seinfeld and purchase 2 of his “Bros”, the male “man boob supporter” Another pathetic waste of celluloid. They both must have needed another new home somewhere in the world.

  21. TexBill says:

    Was Grand Torino a sequel to Gran Torino? Great writing, Various.

  22. Richard says:

    Ummmmmm your forgetting escape plan that has earned over 100 million dollars…and the fact that homefront will make a profit. Grudge match was fantastic and will have legs.

  23. kenmandu says:

    comparing this to Gran Torino is like comparing Hamlet to Pauly Shore.

  24. Tee double says:

    Stallone is gonna bounce back next year,ain’t no movie can compete with the expandables…That’s one of the best,nah that’s the best action movie #period

  25. Keith Coppage says:

    Eastwood’s movie was compelling, well written fare. His age had nothing to do with it. Assuming that people will go see movies with seventysomethings just because they themselves are seventysomething is flawed logic at best. This and other films fall into that “What were they thinking” mode that studio execs/producers fall into but can be logically seen through by anybody with a few bucks for tickets and sodas at the multiplex

    • Ken from Toronto says:

      Actually. the age of Eastwood’s character in GRAN TORINO has a LOT to do with the storyline. Watch it again.

    • Gino Jeffries says:

      The article is missing an important bit that makes it appear to be oddly comparing ages of characters having to do with the success of a movie, but bringing up “Gran Torino” in relation to this movie “Grudge Match” is apt, since Gerber was also a producer on that film.
      The paragraph should read:
      “Warner Bros.-based producer Bill Gerber had hoped that “Grudge Match” will offer a parallel box office success story to his 2008 co-production, “Grand Torino,” which starred Clint Eastwood and went on to gross $270 million worldwide. But so far, “Grudge Match” has been a swing and a miss financially.”
      If the same guy produced a movie for the same company just a couple of years ago, it’s a fair and informative mention.
      Anyway, so this one won’t clean up at the cinemas, but it will do very well on DVD/BluRay, and I’m sure they take that into account even on a relatively modestly budgeted $40 Million dollar studio movie.
      Stallone and DeNiro have a lot of fans who wouldn’t necessarily go to the movies to see them, but do rent pretty much every one of their movies once available. Both for the price of one means a lot of rentals when the time comes.
      Stallone is still very entertaining and the legendary DeNiro, it’s great to see him be Rupert Pupkin so often, but I think we’re all ready for a little more Travis Bickle. I wonder if he could pull off Don Corleone as an older man? They’d just have to make him up like Brando some. Godfather Zero. Coppola. DeNiro. Pacino. Caan. Duvall. Vigoda. Coming 2016. Make it happen, Francis!

    • Smooth says:

      Neither Stallone or De Niro are in their seventies. You need to get that straight before anything else you say has any credibility.

  26. Glenn C. says:

    I think relating to the film Gran Torino, which really has nothing to do with this one whatsoever, is senseless. What was that guy thinking?! Where Producers minds go I don’t know?!!! Any excuse to find a reason to make a film.

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