I just watched Gina’s movie today so you’ll have to wait until tomorrow for me to wow you with my own take of the totally done to death Haywire review. Tonight we’re just gonna check out how Haywire did business wise. You know, because we geeks like that, yo. We track ticket sales, attendance, and ratings for MMA, so why not movies as well? Here we go!
There’s bad news and there’s good news. The bad news is that Haywire came in 5th over the weekend, beaten out (from top to bottom) by Underworld 7, Red Tails, Contraband, and Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close. The good news is that doesn’t mean the film was a flop – modest expectations are the name of the game when your movie gets shuffled into the January deadzone. Relativity media had estimated an 8 million opening weekend and Haywire pulled in … 9 million! Success?
While critic reviews of the film are still up at an almost silly 83%, viewer reviews have the film down lower at 54%. Which I think is the perfect number for this flick. If 0% represents fat brown turds being smushed into your face and 100% a transcendental nirvana experience, 54% is a big meh leaning just a little bit towards yeh. Which sums things up quite nicely.
As for what this means for Gina’s career, we’ll have to wait and see. Maybe she’ll move on to more roles like that rumored Percy Jackson part or maybe she’ll be one and done like Quinton Jackson. Haywire not flopping is a good sign, but Gina’s doe-like first steps onscreen and vocal redubbing aren’t. Steven Soderbergh has shown he can hold a non-actor’s hand and guide her through a major motion picture without it being a total mess. Whether Gina will be able to do it on her own is another thing all together.