Dwayne Johnson no longer needs to rely on his wrestling nickname “The Rock”. The professional wrestler turned actor and friendliest man alive has practically his own breed of action movies now.
His latest project, Skyscraper, hits theaters in the United States today (July 13). It’s a ridiculous, over-the-top action movie where Johnson is a former FBI agent trying to protect his family from a highly unlikely scenario – in this case, they’re trapped in the world’s tallest building as it burns down. . It’s a familiar role, the Rock as a civil servant and father. (And a familiar tale, the core of which is borrowed from Die hard, who coincidentally turns 30 this weekend.)
The premise doesn’t matter. It is an action film, in which the Rock will defy the laws of physics and, probably, the real laws, in an attempt to cross that expanse. People will watch it.
barely 49% of Rotten Tomatoes reviews given Skyscraper positive reviews. Those who agreed it was good and fun because of Johnson’s undeniable heroism and charisma, despite the dialogue’s failure to emphasize his wit as much as other films have.
Johnson’s films, even disappointing ones like Carnage and Baywatch, typically challenge the box office performance of other large-scale releases of their genre, based on data from Box Office Mojo. If the studios launch Johnson, they know they should see a solid comeback.
(Let’s take this with a grain of salt, as we’re talking about the average of dozens of movies versus one or a handful of movies in each genre starring Johnson.)
While some studios are relying on sequels, reboots and adaptations to fill the seats, others are looking to Rock. Heck, throwing Johnson into a sequel or reboot is almost a blockbuster guarantee. Just look Jumanji: Welcome to the jungle.
When Johnson joins an existing movie franchise, the movie he’s starring in is generally better than the franchise’s predecessor.
Johnson’s box office star didn’t really start to soar until 2011, when he joined the Fast and furious franchise. And it peaked at the box office last year, when it starred in three films that collectively grossed nearly $ 2.4 billion at the global box office.
Johnson does particularly well with international audiences. Its 10 highest-grossing films each earned more than half of their box office receipts overseas.
Skyscraper is expected to gross $ 32 million on its first weekend in the US and Canada, Forbes reported. It would be a modest throwback from this summer’s biggest debuts, which came from sequels and franchise films, including The Incredibles 2, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Deadpool 2, Solo: A Star Wars Story, Ant-Man and the Wasp, and 8 from the ocean. But it would be the biggest opening for an entirely original film this season, as Forbes noted.