Ouch! 4 movies premiered this weekend, and not one of them made over $10 million dollars. Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen – $9.2 million, Welcome to Mooseport – $7 million, Eurotrip – $6.6 million, and Against the Ropes – $3 million.
The failure of Against the Ropes to make any money while up against weak competition makes a sad reality official: Meg Ryan has fallen out of grace with the North American movie going audience. The once ‘A’ list actress now has her fifth flop in a row on her hands. Her last 4 films; In the Cut (2003), Kate & Leopold (which was actually pretty good – 2001), Proof of Life (2000), and Hanging Up (2000), have all quietly come and gone from the theaters making little to no money. People just don’t want to see her anymore. Want to know why?
I think it all started to fall apart for Ryan when she left actor Dennis Quaid and hooked up with Russell Crowe. Right or wrong, it left a bad taste in everyone’s mouth that they just couldn’t spit out. The good little girl was now the opportunistic hussy dumping her man to get together with the new most popular boy in school. I’m not saying that’s what she did, but it is the perception her fans had … and that’s all that counts.
So what is the answer for Meg Ryan? Well, she needs a hit film almost as bad as Harrison Ford does. If she a) Gets back together with Quaid, re-establishing her wholesome image, or b) Makes 2 more comedies with Tom Hanks – she might be able to get on everyone’s good side again … but I doubt it. Too bad, I really like Ryan.Powered by Sidelines