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Pop Rocks: The Real Reasons The New Tom Cruise And Adam Sandler Movies Tanked

If you're one of the eight or so people on the planet who cares about such things, it was something of a big deal that two movies in their second week of release beat new efforts from Tom Cruise and Adam Sandler in the weekend box office:

A couple of high-profile openers couldn't force the animals of Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted into their cages.

The animated comedy topped the box office once again this weekend, while Rock of Ages and That's My Boy delivered majorly disappointing debuts. [...] Although many prognosticators expected Rock of Ages to vie for the number one spot this weekend, the hair-metal Broadway adaptation couldn't convince audiences to join the mosh pit.

Yeah, you didn't want to get in the pit at a Foreigner show, maaaan.

Rounding out the top five is Adam Sandler's latest, That's My Boy, which, despite the presence of Saturday Night Live favorite Andy Samberg, earned only $13 million over Father's Day weekend. That's about half of what Sandler's last comedy, the Razzie-festooned Jack and Jill, earned in its debut ($25 million), and his smallest opening for a traditional live-action comedy since Happy Gilmore's $8.6 million bow in 1996.

Optimists might use this as evidence that the world is tired of Cruise and Sandler, which would be folly. Besides, there are clear reasons why these movies performed as poorly as they did, and they may not be what you'd expect.

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Peter Vonder Haar writes movie reviews for the Houston Press and the occasional book. The first three novels in the "Clarke & Clarke Mysteries" - Lucky Town, Point Blank, and Empty Sky - are out now.
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