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Is Robert Downey Jr’s Dolittle Movie A Box Office Failure?

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Things are not looking great for Robert Downey Jr’s post-Marvel movie, Dolittle. The movie released on Friday, January 17 but already it is fighting the rumors about it being a flop film. The movie stars some of the famous celebrities like John Cena, Tom Holland, and Selena Gomez. It is about a doctor who can speak to animals, making about $925,000 at the domestic box office in Thursday preview. Honestly, the figure does not look promising when compared with other releases. Generally, trends show that anything under the $1 million mark is considered to sell at a discounted price soon.

Robert Downey Jr’s First Post-Marvel Movie Dolittle

Robert Downey Jr is back on the screen after going out in a glorious end in his Marvel campaign. Starring as Dr. John Dolittle in Stephen Gaghan’s Dolittle, he is a doctor who can speak to beasts. However, things are not looking great and it’s just a matter of a few days before we find out if the movie did great over the weekend.

The title of Downey Jr’s latest movie is taken from a children’s book “The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle”. Robert lifts up the movie with his charisma and tries to gather an audience to come to watch him talk to CGI animals, having voices of Tom Holland, Rami Malek, John Cena, Selena Gomez, and others. But even with so many big stars coming together, ScreenRant reports that the movie’s success looks rather faint in the box office.

The movie is out in cinemas since January 17, 2020, and has a forecast to gather only $22 million over the four-day holiday. On normal days, it will gather a further $16.9 million, but this figure can change considering the response over the weekend. The movie has cost up to $ 175 million to produce and has taken years to develop. Moreover, Business Insider reports that Robert Downey Jr is charging a percentage of the box office on top of his $20 million salary.

Surprisingly, Dolittle only gathered an 18% critic score on Rotten Tomatoes. Even David Sims from The Atlantic has called it “one of the worst movies in years”. Honestly, all we can do is hope that the movie survives this weekend!

Related: Why is Robert Downey Jr. Reportedly Planning an MCU Return?

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