Rami Malek’s Latest Film Is Set To Be A Box Office Flop
Rami Malek has been riding on a wave of box office success following his rave reviews for Bohemian Rhapsody last year. With a Saint Laurent campaign under his belt and a part in the upcoming Bond movie, No Time To Die, it seems like the former GQ Middle East cover star is Hollywood hot property right now.
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But unfortunately the results are in for Dolittle’s opening weekend, and it doesn’t read well.
The film, which sees Malek play a timid Gorilla named Chee-Chee, is said to have lost millions in its first weekend, according to Forbes. And The Hollywood Reporter has already branded it “the first big-budget miss of 2020”.
Considering the colossal budget that Universal had to make the film (an eye-watering $175 million), critics are predicting the overall loss to be in the tens of millions.
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However the film seems to have created a bond between Malek and leading man, Robert Downey Jr. Speaking to Ellen DeGeneres, Downey Jr. admitted he’d been a longtime fan of Malek.
"I was such a fan of Mr. Robot, I basically emailed you, and I was serial texting you and I was trying to FaceTime you and you didn't let me weird you out and now we're friends," he said.
Recalling the experience, Malek added: "I couldn't even believe it was you. For a second, I got the email from Robert and I thought, 'OK, somebody's playing tricks on me.' And then they kept coming and they were so witty."
At least something positive came out of the filming, then… even if it wasn’t a blockbuster.