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Will Smith attends Premiere Of "Gemini Man" on October 06, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

When I first saw the trailer for “Gemini Man” starring Will Smith, I was immediately intrigued as I’m a huge fan!

I remember being on vacation when”Independence Day” & “I Robot” premiered in theaters (2 different years of course) and came off the beach in Florida to go see them. Seeing the trailer for “Gemini Man” piqued my curiosity as well. After just a few weeks at the Box Office though, critics have NOT been kind.  It currently has just a 25% on Rotten Tomatoes, although the audience score is 84%. The 25% is a critics score and in my mind, it’s the public that ultimately decides it’s success.

The “Hollywood Reporter” says it’s on pace to lose $75 million or more. It’s made about $118.5 million so far . . . but it cost at least $240 million. 140 million to produce and they spent another 100 million in marketing.

$118.5 million total at the worldwide box office sounds like a good start to me, but moviegoers are “fickle these days” and releasing a film can be as much about timing and competition as the film itself. Put a movie up against different competition at a different time of year and you can get different results. That’s why I wonder if you can really call a movie a “flop” until the dust settles, it gets to digital sales and rentals, and one of the streaming services. Only then, when all the monies, that can be, are made, can you really call a movie a “Hit” or a “bomb”.

Experts say the two main things working against it are: The unexpected and lingering success of “Joker”, and the
fact that “Gemini Man” did NOT get good reviews. I haven’t seen it yet, but I will. If I enjoy it then it will be a good movie to me, and that’s why I love movies. 2 hours of escape. That has more value than some critics realize!