“The Tourist” is expected to take in less than $20 million during its opening weekend, finishing behind “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” the latest sequel in the successful franchise. It’s expected to gross $30 million.
Jolie and Depp brought undeniable star power to the movie and a controversy over fears of a liaison between the two kept it in the headlines. But reviewers generally panned the movie.
The film only received a 21 rating on RottenTomatoes, a Web site that tracks reviews. The general consensus is that the movie’s plot is slow and muddled.
“In a year of craptaculars, ‘The Tourist’ deserves burial at the bottom of the 2010 dung heap,” writes Peter Travers of Rolling Stone.
“The plot is preposterous,” writes Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times.
Hollywood blogger Nikki Finke said the $100 million film underperformed to the “point of desperation.”
But 78 percent of moviegoers who saw the film said the liked it, according to RottenTomatoes.
They gave it three and a half stars out of five.
That could mean word-of-mouth advertising could salvage the box office, and Sony is hoping it performs better overseas.
In The Tourist, Jolie plays a mysterious and elegant English girlfriend of a thief who is wanted for stealing millions of dollars from a British mobster.
As she flees Paris for Venice, she meets an America math teacher played by Depp, who is mistaken for the thief.
The pair end up on the run from the mobster’s henchmen and British police as they race around the canals of Venice.