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Will Smith Shares His 'After Earth' Box Office Disappointment - 'It's Been 2 Decades Since I Didn't Have A Movie Open At #1'

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by Courtney
June 7, 2013 7:18 PM
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For the average Hollywood actor, a $26.5 million opening weekend box office take for a movie they're starring in, would probably feel like a gift. But Will Smith isn't the average Hollywood actor. He's an international superstar who's seemingly *transcended* race, with appeal to almost every circle.

So a $26.5 million opening weekend for him is considered a disappointment in the industry. The studio, Sony, was expecting somewhere between high $30s to low $40s, in millions.

His last starring effort, Men in Black 3, opened with a $54,592,779 weekend.

Before that, Seven Pounds opened with $14,851,136.

Hancock, $62,603,879.

I am Legend, $77,211,321.

The Pursuit of Happyness, $26,541,709.

Hitch, $43,142,214.

I, Robot, $52,179,887.

So his last 7 starring films, prior to After Earth, opened to about $45 million on average. Although, in all fairness, we could ask whether After Earth was really a Will Smith movie, or more of a Jaden Smith movie. But I guess either way, it's a Smith movie, and Will's name and face were pivotal in how it was marketed and sold to audiences.

Although some have argued that, even though the studio (Sony) erased him from the film's marketing campaign, word still eventually got around that M. Night Shyamalan was the film's director. And he isn't exactly the most loved Hollywood filmmaker working right now. According to Deadline, Will practically insisted on Shyamalan to helm the film. It makes one wonder why he did that, especially when this isn't quite Shyamalan's forte. The last time he attempted a sci-fi fantasy adventure film, it was with The Last Airbender, which was ripped by critics and audiences.

And so now, some are starting to wonder if Will's box office appeal may be beginning to fade a little. I say, as others have said on this blog before, his next few choices are going to be really crucial in answering the question on whether his appeal might be at the beginning of a decline. Several critical and commercial duds in a row could spell danger. Just ask the director of After Earth, Shyamalan.

And with Will recently voicing his desire to take on more "dangerous" edgier roles, who knows what kind of on-screen Will Smith we'll see next (see Tambay's post on that HERE).

But don't cry for Will. He's done and continues to do very well financially, as one of the highest paid actors in the business, and one of the few whose payment deal structures include collecting a portion on both the front and the back-end. Plus, he's still immensely popular. He's still able to work his charm on just about any crowd. He'll be just fine.

But I'm really looking forward to what he chooses to do next. I think even he is aware of all the chatter about him that's happening currently, and will be choosy.

In the below interview with Jimmy Kimmel this week, discussing AE's opening weekend disappointment, Will shares his reaction to the news, calling it a tragic situation. The conversation about the film starts around 2:35 in. But I think the whole clip is funny. Love him or hate him, he handles himself well, and he obviously hasn't lost his confidence in himself:

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  • Graham | June 7, 2014 6:34 AMReply

    No matter how much effort Will Smith chooses to put into his son's movie career, the kid just can't act. There's just no depth for Jaden to draw on. He was born into Hollywood celebrity and hasn't had a tough day in his life. Will Smith came off the streets. He's sassy, street smart, intelligent and just oozes personality and appeal (as the above article states). In short he's box office gold. But his son just isn't and shares none of his father's traits or character. I'm sure he's a nice enough person but he's no better an actor than I am or any of the other millions of plebs wandering around in the general public. The unfortunate thing here is Will Smith is dragging his own 'brand' down by trying to prop Jaden's up. There's plenty of popular actors whose children don't follow them into the acting world who live very successful, normal, well balanced lives. As should you Jaden Smith. Ultimately the measure of his ability would be simply this: Would he have EVER got ANY movie role if Will Smith wasn't his father? The answer, unfortunately, stares anyone in the face on the silver screen should they be foolish enough to pay to watch any movie he's in.

  • Graham | June 7, 2014 6:34 AMReply

    No matter how much effort Will Smith chooses to put into his son's movie career, the kid just can't act. There's just no depth for Jaden to draw on. He was born into Hollywood celebrity and hasn't had a tough day in his life. Will Smith came off the streets. He's sassy, street smart, intelligent and just oozes personality and appeal (as the above article states). In short he's box office gold. But his son just isn't and shares none of his father's traits or character. I'm sure he's a nice enough person but he's no better an actor than I am or any of the other millions of plebs wandering around in the general public. The unfortunate thing here is Will Smith is dragging his own 'brand' down by trying to prop Jaden's up. There's plenty of popular actors whose children don't follow them into the acting world who live very successful, normal, well balanced lives. As should you Jaden Smith. Ultimately the measure of his ability would be simply this: Would he have EVER got ANY movie role if Will Smith wasn't his father? The answer, unfortunately, stares anyone in the face on the silver screen should they be foolish enough to pay to watch any movie he's in.

  • Graham | June 7, 2014 6:34 AMReply

    No matter how much effort Will Smith chooses to put into his son's movie career, the kid just can't act. There's just no depth for Jaden to draw on. He was born into Hollywood celebrity and hasn't had a tough day in his life. Will Smith came off the streets. He's sassy, street smart, intelligent and just oozes personality and appeal (as the above article states). In short he's box office gold. But his son just isn't and shares none of his father's traits or character. I'm sure he's a nice enough person but he's no better an actor than I am or any of the other millions of plebs wandering around in the general public. The unfortunate thing here is Will Smith is dragging his own 'brand' down by trying to prop Jaden's up. There's plenty of popular actors whose children don't follow them into the acting world who live very successful, normal, well balanced lives. As should you Jaden Smith. Ultimately the measure of his ability would be simply this: Would he have EVER got ANY movie role if Will Smith wasn't his father? The answer, unfortunately, stares anyone in the face on the silver screen should they be foolish enough to pay to watch any movie he's in.

  • Graham | June 7, 2014 6:34 AMReply

    No matter how much effort Will Smith chooses to put into his son's movie career, the kid just can't act. There's just no depth for Jaden to draw on. He was born into Hollywood celebrity and hasn't had a tough day in his life. Will Smith came off the streets. He's sassy, street smart, intelligent and just oozes personality and appeal (as the above article states). In short he's box office gold. But his son just isn't and shares none of his father's traits or character. I'm sure he's a nice enough person but he's no better an actor than I am or any of the other millions of plebs wandering around in the general public. The unfortunate thing here is Will Smith is dragging his own 'brand' down by trying to prop Jaden's up. There's plenty of popular actors whose children don't follow them into the acting world who live very successful, normal, well balanced lives. As should you Jaden Smith. Ultimately the measure of his ability would be simply this: Would he have EVER got ANY movie role if Will Smith wasn't his father? The answer, unfortunately, stares anyone in the face on the silver screen should they be foolish enough to pay to watch any movie he's in.

  • Hafa | January 31, 2014 9:16 PMReply

    sci-fic is one of my favorites, let alone a movie star who plays her is will smith, traits that are so attractive in every movie that starred

  • Rob | January 26, 2014 11:38 PMReply

    Get rid of his idiot kid in the film and it may have been good, kid sucks ass.

  • Rheea | January 17, 2014 5:48 AMReply

    With all the crazy "name" movies like from Marvel for instance, and glammed up remakes that have wooed moviegoers, it's a wonder why After Earth was lost in the dust. People are so addicted to the same repetitive things, that everyone has to act in a "trademark" fashion, that it's become sickening.
    This movie I consider a gem. I've always been a sci-fi/fantasy freak with a plethora of themes, and After Earth was one of those different things I've been seeking. I await a sequel, even if has to come in book form.

    It just flabbergasts me the same thing is to be expected over and over, and when something different is done people whine and cry.

    Oh, and the extra tidbits on the official movie site were great. How many people actually went there and read through it all? Very insightful about the movie's background storyline. When you don't actually sit down and watch the movie, you're bound to miss a lot.

  • Sarah | December 22, 2013 7:18 AMReply

    Sci-fi is my favorite genre, leading me to give a pass to almost any movie with a decent story, and I am a wild Will Smith fan on top of that, defending his most lackluster movies. But this one?

    It was just weird. Stiff camera angles, awkward dialogue. Unrecognizable actors (besides the Smiths) who all talked like they had cotton mouth. The first 30 seconds of the film made me cringe. Jayden should never narrate a movie -- he's nasally and doesn't have that "I'm a strong, mysterious figure" feel to his voice that you just need to have if you're going to try and tell some epic story.

    I think the side-characters had more natural movements than Jayden's character did. I'm not trying to hate on Jayden, but I just don't think sci-fi is his niche. I don't even think acting is what he needs to be doing.

  • rickyagnew | December 17, 2013 11:15 AMReply

    After reading these posts,i decided to take note of something..As a group friends and I were watching a movie on tv last night,i noticed that during the advertisements,whena theatrical movie was being advertised and the selected scenes were being displayed,my friends would react to only the movies with primarily white actors.while the ads for movies with black actor or actors as the lead role,were garnishing no attention or interest whatsoever..ie,an ad for a movie with lead actors being white ,they'd all stop talking momentarily and view the ad for a few seconds and make a emark of some kind in regard to the movie..but when (what some would catagorise as) a black movie was advertised,there was no interest at all shown..this wasn't due to racism as none of my friends are racist,but instead I believe it's normal.Moreover,i think that Will Smith has lost a lot fans in the past few years,many black but most certainly many white(judging by my friends' interest in movies anyway).I noticed a long time ago that as stars get older,the current generation of young people(preteens to 20 somethings)lose interest to a huge degree.This occurred as stars like Patrick Swayze,Tom Hanks,Bill Murray,(just to name a very few)got older ,into their late 40's and,or early 50's.The same goes with recording artists.for example,Barry manilow,Celine Dion,Cher,(and yes)Madonna and even bands as in Evanescence,Flyleaf,etc..Not that the music changes all that much but younger artists and actors come about and today most people in their teens to those in their 20's are very ageist..I see this as mainly an American trait in people however.Europeans don't seem to be as hardcore ageist as most Americans.(I'm American by the way=Dallas Texas.)

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  • Marianna | November 16, 2013 5:41 PMReply

    I think the movie was GREAT i got so much out of it that I am going to do a Workshop on it, many people are looking at it as an action movie THIS IS A VERY SPIRITUAL MOVIE about a boys journey, a father guiding him HELLO cant you see it ... like God or Angels guiding when he sent him out he said i will be with you seeing danger BEFORE it hits, how about the Centering, learning to face Danger and difference in Fear and real Danger HELLO the movie is full of Gifts... i am buying it and i will be doing workshops on it, from the time they took off to when they were saved ... THE MOVIE IS FULL too many to post and yes i probably will be writing extensively about it... I also got to see it on Pay per View so i got it in many stages and also had stopped it many times as i shared it with friends already... THANK YOU WILL FOR WRITING THIS AND GETTING THIS OUT... for everyone else look at it with different eyes you shall see...

  • ladyguitar | November 3, 2013 8:09 PMReply

    This is a damn good movie so good they are doing a version with a bunch of white kids now. The graphics were great the storyline was original and the acting was great. Most people who don't like this movie are either SNOBS or racists IMO. They same movie with two white characters would have been the talk of century Oh wait they are ripping off the whole concept with a white cast lets see the reviews for that one

  • Hopeless humanity | March 5, 2014 7:16 PM

    I can't comment on the movie because I haven't yet seen it. I will however comment about your ignorance and hate.

    You wrote the statement: "Most people who don't like this movie are either SNOBS or racists"

    Do you even KNOW what racism is? Let me help you out a little here (go to the nearest room where you live that has one of those big shiney, reflecty looking things hanging on the wall (these are most commonly found in bathrooms). Now look REAL HARD at the person staring back at you...

    I am not sure about your mental capacity, and if I had to assume your age (based on your opinion here), I would guess that you are still in middle school... So, either I am right and you are simply in need of MUCH MORE education... Or, you have grown in years ONLY ( not maturity).

    Anybody that knows ANYTHING knows that the actor/s in any particular movie are. Not the element which makes a movie good or bad.

    I am not familiar with these plans to make a "white" version of this film...I will say this... Movies are created from many sources. They can either start with screenplay, or sometimes they are story lines adapted from written works, such as books, or even true events. Many people work together to make a movie, it's not just the actors. For your information, SOMETIMES THE MOVIE JUST ISN'T MADE AS WELL AS IT COULD HAVE BEEN MADE.

    It amuses me that racist blacks are in such denial of their own hatred for white people. Blacks might be the minority in this country, but THEY are the ones who are oppressing white people for SEVERAL decades. White people CONSTANTLY are told what they can say or do, Our rights are taken from us, we are told what kind of movies WE are ALLOWED to make, how many black people must be cast in our movies... White directors are the ONLY directors in this country who have lost the right to express themselves or their true thoughts. Where is the accountability for public statements made by people like Jamie Foxx, dl Hughley, DMX, lil Wayne etc... These people have made several RACIST remarks toward anybody who is white. Instead of outrage protests and riots, they are celebrated, their bigoted vulgarities are paraded around, and now, Barack Obama is asking for leniency on black criminal offenders, asking for special treatment for HIS people, augmented guidelines, which would make it. Easier for black youth to succeed after committing crimes because, it's not their fault .... They have just been forced into criminal activity by the white devils.. Black people LOVE speaking about how BLACK CHILDREN DO MATTER... Well how come the 9000 black youths murdered ANNUALLY by 93% black perps. Why does Trayvon Martin matter more than these poor dead people????

    Are you starting to get the point?

    This I doubt.

  • steve | November 17, 2013 5:20 AM

    In your opinion... Well I like Will Smith, but didn't like After Earth. I'm not a racist. You really shouldn't throw ridiculous statements like that around

  • mark | November 3, 2013 6:07 PMReply

    Haven't seen AE or Pursuit. But, of the rest, all but Seven Pounds were fun stuff. Very enjoyable. SP was strictly for those who've got most of their life behind them and have more than a few regrets. The movie is a thought-provoker...and was excellently done.

  • the phantom critic | November 1, 2013 5:50 PMReply

    I actually paid money to see this sedative in DVD form. Beyond boring. Soporific. Dull. Lackluster.
    Sub-par. This movie proves again that wannabes who think sci-fi is easy need to think again. The original story, by Will Smith, could not dramatically get out of a wet bag. ROBINSON CRUSOE ON MARS beats this by a mile. And that one goes back to the 60s! The monster in this reminded me of Kharis, the mummy. Blind, clumsy, M. Night Shambling along... miraculous it ever gets anyone to eat!
    Next time, hire a writer. Or check out some classics of science fiction that are just begging to be filmed.

  • Coff Mulato | October 11, 2013 3:14 AMReply

    Man... his son is as good in acting as him being a rapper. And there is too much ego in this guy, that is why I classify this actor being lower then average. He is a good actor himself, but he lacks a good personality. His son is not even worth mentioning no more, whatever his name is

  • Castielle | October 7, 2013 11:20 AMReply

    This is what happens when you become a member to scientology. Overyly "happy" and in denial.

  • geyfq | September 16, 2013 6:40 PMReply

    try putting your work through a spell-checker that was horrific to read

  • ItwerkedLiberace | September 10, 2013 5:56 PMReply

    Will trying desperately to hold on to his coke rush, fuckin' sad prick I want some :-D

  • Aaron Helton | September 6, 2013 12:09 AMReply

    Well... your heart was in the right place. You want to teach your son how to hunt? Do it without thinking about your audience and more so about your VISION... if you have any. The "fresh prince" obviously has no imagination- that's why he was so popular with retards (a large portion of Americans) but Will Smith? Well, we're waiting...

  • Curtis | September 4, 2013 6:00 PMReply

    Will Smith......get over yourself.

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  • Donella | July 25, 2013 7:14 PMReply

    For the article's writer, After Earth is definitely Jaden Smith's film, not Will Smith's film. Jaden Smith is lead actor. The only real basis for box office comparison is Jaden's only other lead role-The Karate Kid ($$359,091,618 worldwide). Maybe the only actor more popular in Asia than Will Smith is Jackie Chan?

    Just for kicks and to provide context, we can throw in Pursuit of Happyness ($306,096,398) and The Day the Earth Stood Still ($233,066,978) in the mix since Jaden has supporting actor screen time in both and then we find that After Earth's box office take lines up in the middle.

    But regardless, Will Smith is supporting actor in After Earth. It's not his film. The only reasonable comparisons to After Earth are Smith's other supporting roles-Where the Day Takes You ($390,152), Made in America ($104,942,695), Six Degrees of Separation ($6,284,090), Legend of Bagger Vance ($39,235,486), Jersey Girl ($37,066,129), and Shark Tale ($367,825,111)–again, After Earth's box office at $235,965,668 (and counting) lines up somewhere in the middle.

    After Earth is not a failure. It's an average movie with an average return on investment. However, worthy of note is After Earth's successful international run including $30 million from China and what that potential means for other Black leading actors and producers in a science fiction film and reception in the international film industry.

    Dead silence from S&A on that.

  • SB | October 8, 2013 10:42 AM

    So it's just about how much money the movie rakes in, and not whether it was a good film, right? Because all of those movies you listed were truly terrible. Even poop can be sold as fertilizer.

  • Donella | August 8, 2013 7:43 PM

    $244,490,716 worldwide so far. Oh, let's call it $245,000,000 - almost double its production budget.

  • Steling Cooper | August 1, 2013 5:06 PM

    Donella, just curious.. when was the last time you, uh... "had a date"?

  • Donella | August 1, 2013 4:27 PM

    $242,304,315 worldwide

  • Donella | July 31, 2013 3:03 PM

    You're welcome!

  • Sterling Cooper | July 31, 2013 2:33 PM

    Valiant attempt, my darling.

  • Donella | July 31, 2013 1:39 PM

    Did not expect you to take it so personally, Sterling. Wow.

  • Sterling Cooper | July 30, 2013 4:51 PM

    @Donella-- here's a break from your "dead silence":

    "After Earth" is indeed a failure; yes, a failure that generated some revenue, but a failure nonetheless. Perhaps, instead of chastising the S&A community, if you ventured out of your secret Will Smith Room you built behind the bookcase in your parents den, and into the actual world, you might sight see that "After Earth" IS indeed perceived as a "bomb" by all within this industry (and perhaps even by the filmmakers and stars themselves.)

    In conclusion, my dear, if you believe silence from the S&A community implies successful debate on your part, your again have proven your extreme disconnection from reality. That "dead silence" (as you coined it), by MY interpretation, is the mass silence that accompanies any audience witnessing an act by persons who are too self-involved to realize they making a fool of themselves. You see it on "Showtime At The Apollo" all the time.

  • Donella | July 30, 2013 2:09 PM

    $241,000,000 worldwide and counting.

    Approximately $37,000,000 of that total from China.

    When you consider that Tom Cruise's Oblivion topped out at $24,000,000 in China, the possibilities for Jaden Smith's future endeavors looks pretty bright.

  • Jolly Jim | July 25, 2013 5:39 PMReply

    There are two thing bad with celebrity nepotism IMHO. First, is that now that Will Smith is a superstar and is in position to discover other young, up and coming talent, the way he was discovered, instead of looking for the next great struggling actor, Smith uses his fame to thrust his own kids on the world. Maybe in his next movie Smith can star with a talented unknown who is gifted and hungry like Smith was years ago. Maybe open the door for someone not named Smith- Mr. Smith.

    Secondly, child stars have their struggles- it's well documented. The Smith kids may be has-beens before they hit age 20 and you have to wonder if they are groomed or prepared to work in other careers that pay a lot less but are in a lot of ways can be more rewarding. I guess that ship has sailed already and even before the kids had a chance to finish high school and discover themselves. Will Smith is a charming and charismatic superstar, following in those footsteps is a lot to put on a kid.

  • Tony Turko | July 25, 2013 3:28 AMReply

    After Earth is another sanctimonious anti human film. Being lectured by obnoxious, elitist, patronizing, and stupid storyline is quite noticeable. And you wonder why most American moviegoers refuse to have they're intelligence insulted.

  • Jumpstart | September 27, 2013 10:44 PM

    @Tony Turko. If you are going to speak about intelligence you should use the correct form of 'their,' especially when it directly precedes the word "intelligence."

    I took my eight year old daughter to see it at the cheap theater after the film had been out for a month. (There was nothing else kid friendly playing at the time either). To my surprise, we both enjoyed the movie. It was not fantastic but well worth the time and money I spent.

  • Tony Turko | July 25, 2013 3:50 AM

    The Happening (2008 film) Went from a good suspenseful thriller to a joke, because some sanctimonious film maker wants to save the Earth, in a way that would make Hitler envious.

  • Tony Turko | July 25, 2013 3:45 AM

    The Happening (2008 film) I was really into this film until the guy in the group made it to the house or cabin. And a guy from the group started having a friendly chat with the house plant in the corner of living room. Asking the plant for mercy, I fell apart into laughter. I can't remember much more of the film after that scene. But from that point of the film The Happening was ruined. When from a good suspenseful thriller to a joke, because some sanctimonious film maker wants to save the Earth, in a way that would make Hitler envious.

  • Donella | July 16, 2013 2:26 PMReply

    Well, the movie's up to $215 million worldwide, which isn't the disaster many seemed to hope for.

    As for the nepotism, that didn't begin with Jaden Smith and Will Smith and it certainly won't end with them.

    Robert Downey Jr, Ben Stiller, Charlie Sheen, Emilio Estevez, Jeff Bridges, Beau Bridges, Michael Douglas, Cameron Douglas, Kyle Eastwood, Peter Fonda, John Huston, Angelica Huston, Colin Hanks, Scott Caan, Jake Busey, Josh Brolin, Josh Ritter, Sophia Coppola, Drew Barrymore, Angelina Jolie, Gwenyth Paltrow, Rumor Willis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jamie Lee Curtis, Carrie Fisher, Emma Roberts, Liv Tyler, Liza Minnelli, Sophia Coppola, Nicolas Cage, Jane Fonda, Peter Fonda, Bridget Fonda, George Clooney, Miguel Ferrer, Lorenzo Lamas, Mamie Gummer, Eva Amurri, Kate Hudson, Kyle Eastwood, Jordan Ladd, Sean Astin, Mackenzie Astin, Bryce Dallas Howard, Kiefer Sutherland, and Miley Cyrus.

    I'm pretty sure there's plenty of names I missed.

  • Donella | July 23, 2013 12:46 PM

    $235 million worldwide and counting.

  • Nerissa | July 16, 2013 3:37 AMReply

    Listen people, "Take a knee" I like it and my kids liked it which is all that matters.

  • Mr Beanz | August 26, 2013 4:53 AM

    Yes because you and your spawn are the center of the universe. I bet you are so protective of them that you beat your chest like an ape if anyone so much as looks at one of them wrong.

  • Pamela | June 29, 2013 6:25 PMReply

    I thought this was a fantastic film.

  • Jenny | June 24, 2013 6:36 PMReply

    This movie was so bad its hard to describe. The whole movie was like watching Smith tell everyone this is my kid. Did I tell you about the time I did a movie with my kid? It was boring over acted and a complete waste of time.

  • jim | June 24, 2013 6:33 PMReply

    I thought this was the worst movie, well maybe just behind Admission with Tina Fey. These had to be the two worst POS movies hoisted on the public since Ed Wood. Just total crap. Only the blind who would follow their chosen idol would stand with this crap.

  • ftw | June 24, 2013 5:18 PMReply

    You people are idiots. After Earth was a great movie.

  • Donella | June 18, 2013 12:51 PMReply

    Well, After Earth is up to $145.3 million worldwide now after its second week. The rest will depend mostly on Japan and China when it gets released there. It's shaping up to perform similar numbers to Tom Cruise's Oblivion.

  • Donella | July 8, 2013 3:24 PM

    After Earth's now at $199 million worldwide. The last foreign markets are China, Portugal, and Vietnam this weekend.

  • domingo | June 15, 2013 10:00 PMReply

    the thing is Jaden smith is a terrible actor ...but if he was white the expectation would be
    lower and I really dont want to pull the race card but lets be real, 81% of hollywood create
    movies that cater "non-minority" stories,fables,myths,history etc .

  • Neu | July 2, 2013 3:23 AM

    What kind of cock sucker loves himself this much. Jesus christ CC, do you even NEED a girlfriend to pleasure you when you suck your own cock better than anyone else ever could?

  • negro | June 25, 2013 4:14 PM

    jaden did pretty good with karate kid

  • Naw | June 16, 2013 3:10 PM

    We were done before you even commented. Junkie wisdom ain't worth shit.

  • Naw | June 16, 2013 3:09 PM

    We were done before you even commented. Junkie wisdom ain't worth shit.

  • CC | June 16, 2013 2:46 PM

    And Mr. Naw, you're an eggplant so we're done here. If we continue I'll have to charge you for all this wisdom and knowledge that you're refusing to accept.

    That reminds me, did you are do you see any credence/merit/understanding in my opinion that white folks do not love that which we love, and therefore, their personal preference in movies may not always be that of a black father (a strong general HNIC) leading white folks and teaching his black son how to be a man. See, "we" need that and love that. White folks can do without that. **drops the mic**

  • Naw | June 16, 2013 2:11 PM

    Yeah, you said it had to with racism, then said it didn't have to do with racism, then finished by saying it had to do with racism. You're a moron tryin to cover your bases and keep an argument going.

  • CareyCarey | June 16, 2013 1:54 PM

    Dummies are what dummies do, so sit down and stop playing yourself.

    Now Naw, if you been reading along (it appears you have but selectively [and maybe under a different name]) you surely must have noticed I said After Earth's low box office had little or nothing to do with racism. So sit up straight in your chair and stop dropping your sippy cup.

    Nawl man, in your haste to act like the dunce in the room, you missed the most important part of this discussion. Listen, we (black folks) for the most part enjoy those movies which talks to our lives and experiences. That's not saying we are racists. That's speaking to a natural order of mankind.

    Look at it this way, if you asked a white person to list their top 10 movies and tv programs, how many do you think will include the movies I listed? Mine might include Spike's Do The Right Thing, Eve's Bayou, Martin, The Color Purple, A different World or Sanford and Son. Now hold that thought.

    If we had the opportunity to visited various white peoples' homes, what art or photos will we find on their walls. Well, my home is adorned with paintings by Ernie Barnes and Sarah Jenkins (just to name a few black artist on MY walls). My bookcase is filled with literature by black writers. On another wall I have pictures of my great-great-grandfather, President Obama, MLK, Malcohm X and Spike Lee, just to name a few black faces that smile back at me.

    Yet, I doubt the same can be said about the walls of the majority of whites folks. But again, there's absolutely nothing wrong with that, nor does it have anything to do with racism.

    So son, seek first to understand before show your age and limited knowledge. Oh, and btw, I am sure you've heard the saying "you can take a black person out of the country but you can't take the country out of the black person". Well, here we have Will Smith and his son who are first and foremost black men, and will remain that way for the rest of their lives. Now, if you're implying white folks love them as much as they love themselves... well... maybe you need to check that. I am suggesting white folks have never loved, or cared to ingratiate anything about the experience of being black in America. Well, maybe they do like watching us play basketball and football, but that's another discussion for another day.

    Heck, are you new to this site or did you miss Tambay's post on "Hollywood, don't care about you"? Well, he did an excellent job of explaining why they have no need nor love for you. So young man, if you like pulling on superman's cap and pissing against the wind and implying white folks don't have special needs and desire, keep on doing what you do but you're only fuckin' yourself.

  • Naw | June 16, 2013 12:26 PM

    Then die. All of a sudden people are racist against Will Smith after 20 years of licking his ass? After eating up Jaden in Pursuit of Happyness and Karate Kid? Okay, dummy.

    Tom Cruise and Lena Dunham must be secretly black, too.

  • Naw | June 16, 2013 12:26 PM

    Then die. All of a sudden people are racist against Will Smith after 20 years of licking his ass? After eating up Jaden in Pursuit of Happyness and Karate Kid? Okay, dummy.

    Tom Cruise and Lena Dunham must be secretly black, too.

  • CC | June 16, 2013 2:39 AM

    NOPE-NOPE-NOPE, a thousand times NOPE, I'd rather die than say yes. The fact of the matter is Will and Jaden Smith are/were charged harshly for the never ending crime of acting while being black.

    I know, the kneejerkers have consistently mounted a defense claiming nepotism, Jaden's acting, M Knight's involvement and a poor trailer, as the culprits behind After Earth's poor box office. Okay, I'll agree, all of that may be true, and who can argue against that? I mean, if a person says that's why "they" didn't see the film, I can't call them a lier. However, I am suggesting there's a quiet force in all of us that tells us to love the ones who love you back.

    With that in mind, who were the overwhelming majority of those who paid to see "Think Like A Man" and Malcolm X and Tyler Perry's films and New Jack City and "Mo Betta Blues and Pariah and "I Will Follow" and Kevin Hart's Laugh at My Pain? Easy answer, huh?

    Lets say it all together... ready.... BLACK FOLKS. Yes, that's true, black folks were the largest audience at those productions, but why? Why was the white movie-going audience absent? I'll tell you, it has -- basically -- nothing to do with racism nor bigotry, but everything to do with the simple words, love-the-one-your-with. And, what white person will readily admit they didn't see the above movies because there was little, or nothing, they could relate to, or wrap their arms around, besides the sci-fi aspects of the film? Nope, they're not incline to "SAY" that but they will speak with their dollars.

    So I'll leave y'all with the following words to ponder, which I've said many times.

    I can't make you love me [nor black folks] if you don't, 'cause you can't make your heart feel something it won't. And white America has never really loved the black American, choosing only to be around them when they have to. Said another way... "It's so good lovin' somebody
    and that somebody loves you back. To be loved and be loved in return is the only thing that many heart desires. Just appreciate the little things we do. You're the ones who get me inspired, keep on liftin', liftin' me higher. It's so good needin' somebody and that somebody needs you back."

    In short, the overwhelming majority of white people do not need nor love black folks, and Will and Jaden Smith were charged with acting while being black. There was little in the Smith's movie for white folks to wrap their arms around, esp those things they can acquire somewhere else.

  • Donella | June 15, 2013 11:55 PM

    NOPE. Will and Jaden Smith are charged harshly for nepotism. The following father/son costars are not charged harshly for nepotism: Tom and Colin Hanks; Martin and Charlie Sheen; James and Scott Caan; James and Josh Brolin; Donald and Kiefer Sutherland; Lloyd and Jeff Bridges; Clint and Scott Eastwood; Kirk, Michael, and Cameron Douglas; Jerry and Ben Stiller.

  • Naw | June 15, 2013 10:39 PM

    Nope. Check out the Magic Mike boards, they lit the lead actress up and they don't even really know who her daddy is, just that he's a movie exec. People hate nepotism and judge harshly for it. Don't try to make it a race thing.

  • Naw | June 15, 2013 10:22 PM

    Nope. Check out the Magic Mike boards, they lit the lead actress up and they don't even really know who her daddy is, just that he's a movie exec. People hate nepotism and judge harshly for it. Don't try to make it a race thing.

  • Todd Manning | June 14, 2013 9:29 PMReply

    Nobody is saying or writing the most obvious reason this filmed bombed. It's not Will Smith or M Knight, it's Jaden Smith! We know he is Will's son and so he is going to get movie roles, but he is a horrible actor who screws up every movie he's in.

  • Ranita | June 12, 2013 8:08 PMReply

    I haven't seen this yet, but plan to. I think they were trying to cater to the teen crowd with Jaden, but they likely made the storyline too complex for the target audience. They should have made the storyline simpler, perhaps made it more of a PG flick - or kept the complex storyline, and geared it more towards adults.

  • James Gowan | June 11, 2013 4:18 PMReply

    You're right... it is a Jaden film. I couldn't care less about him. I like PURSUIT alright but that was still Will's movie that his son happened to be in. But the death knell for whether or not I would see this film was when I saw Shyamalan's name attached to it. DONE. No money from me. I have had too much money stolen by that one-hit wonder. Sixth Sense was a good movie, but I have hated everything since then (with the exception of The Village).

    Jaden is ok. I thought he was fine in Karate Kid (I have a 9 yr old) but a SUMMER BLOCKBUSTER doesn't need to reek of nepotism.

    Will, if you want to have another hit, it needs to be YOUR face on the poster and a decent director that is respected in the industry.

  • Sabretruth | June 15, 2013 10:31 PM

    The village??!!!! Really!!!??? It was shite!!! Unbreakable my son...UNBREAKABLE!!!! A genius movie.

  • CC | June 10, 2013 9:39 PMReply

    To all the supporters and sympathisers of white prejudice and bigotry, I present the most significant comment in this thread:

    "Don't know whats more pathetic, the man urinating on you and telling you it's rain, or the one being urinated on telling you it's rain." ~ TONTON MICHEL

    And more pathetic are those black folks standing on the sidelines saying "it sho is rain, so be still and open your mouth and take a drink. We have and it's good".

  • CC | June 12, 2013 9:12 PM

    And Arnold Horshack raises his hand -- OOH OOH OOH, OOH OOH OOH... Mawon is an eggplant.

    **Mr. Horshack closes his PC in preparation to see Halle Berry in Cloud Atlas**

  • mawon | June 11, 2013 3:17 PM

    How does it feel to be such a clown? Like, really, what's it like living your life so far up your ass that you can't tell how stupid you sound sometimes?

  • Donella | June 10, 2013 4:15 PMReply

    It will debut in Australia, Mexico, and Japan later this month. I wonder why there are no release dates on the entire continent of Africa, unless I missed them.

  • Chantel Hoheb | June 10, 2013 4:11 PMReply

    I think this movie coming in at #3 did affect him a bit but Will is NOT worried. He is a one of a kind person and actor and he'll be back at #1 soon enough. Personally I've always preferred to see how a film does over time as opposed to what it makes in the first week. After a week, you start hearing what your friends and family thought and then you may or may not decide to go to the theater to see it. If you decide to go after some good reviews I think it's more than likely a good film and people aren't just flocking to the movies because of the star.

    Now there comes a time when there are certain people you KNOW will pick good movies to be a part of so people will automatically head to the theatre once those films debut. In that line of thinking I'm curious as to why not as many people went to see After Earth. Maybe they felt it would be part II of "Pursuit of Happiness" with cool gadgets and an older Jayden...

  • Blackseed | June 10, 2013 3:50 PMReply

    I think some people are taking After Earth way too serious. Some people like it some people don't. It's that simple, or at least it should be. This film is not even worth it.

  • sharongee | June 10, 2013 12:56 PMReply

    Gosh...this movie is not THAT tragic! I heard of many tweens who loved the film. Some of my co-workers went to take their kids to see it for Jaden and they loved it! Maybe they should have marketed it for the tweens for Jaden and not so much for Will. I have to admit i was a little bored with the pace of the movie. Remarkably the kids were into it... they think little Jaden did his thing. The kids loved it!

  • steve | June 10, 2013 12:32 PMReply

    Who cares! he is an old actor whos core audience does not go to the cimea anymore as they are too busy with there real lives children and getting married. A new young top gun will now replace him. as soon as the studios figure out who is now going to get bums on seats in the cinema they will stop hiring him. Thats it nothing to do with race type of film working with his children or any of that pchyo ins and outs. Its simple poularity and economics....

  • dee | June 10, 2013 11:07 AMReply

    I would like to see more than sci-fi movies from him, its getting a bit old? Never even considered to see this movie. People are not going to be excited if its something they always see from you. IJS.

  • Nadia | June 10, 2013 1:28 AMReply

    Damn, step away for a minute and there's like 30 more comments since. Lol. But is this film really worth all this debate? I mean, seriously, it's a not a good film. It has nothing to do with the fact that Will is black, or that it was a majority black cast. Even if the biggest white actors were starring in it, it would still be a poor film. But it's prolly going to make twice its money overseas anyway. I'm not worried about Will or his family. They'll be just fine.

  • BluTopaz | June 10, 2013 1:58 AM

    Exactly. The Internship came in #4. Lousy trailer, movie, craptastic leads. White people have the freedom of not worrying if it was racism that made this movie bomb.

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