Trouble for Passengers?

Can Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt find box office gold?

Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt are no strangers to box office hits. The former has starred in a range of flicks, that usually earn studios a lot of money. From X-Men to The Hunger Games, J.La is often a safe bet when it comes to opening weekend. Even her critically-acclaimed performances (Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle, Joy) have brought in impressive numbers.

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And while Christ Pratt's filmography may not read as impressive (or long) as Lawrence's, it's still nothing to dismiss. Most recently, the actor was seen in Magnificent Seven, a remakes headlined by Denzel Washington, which received positive reviews, and became successful. Before that, Pratt headlined Jurassic World, which broke records upon its release, as well as Guardians of the Galaxy. And while sequels to both of those films are in the works, the actor has another  project to get through first: Passengers.

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On paper, the sci-fi romance/adventure movie looks just about perfect. It combines action, suspense, love . . . and, of course, it doesn't hurt that it's headlined by two of the biggest (and most beautiful) stars in the world. So what's the problem?

For starters, the previews display a very weak plot. Either the production company is trying to keep things under wraps, or there's just not much to offer. Take into consideration the $110 million budget (not including marketing costs), and Passengers could have trouble becoming profitable.

But there's more!

During the holiday season, competition at the box office is often steep, with the current month being no exception. With kids being out of school, animation films will be in high demand, meaning Mona and Sing should do well.

Then, of course, there's a little flick already out that audiences are flocking to: Rogue One: A Stars War Story. Earning the second-highest December debut of all time (the first being last year's Star Wars: The Force Awakens), it seems that movie goers will most likely opt for Rogue if they want an epic space story.

Passengers hits theaters on December 21st, but will anyone be onboard?

Cutter Slagle
Cutter Slagle

Cutter Slagle is the published author of horror, mystery, and suspense fiction. His debut novel was released in hardback last fall. He is currently a contributing columnist for Rage Monthly magazine. Cutter earned a degree in English and minor in creative writing from The Ohio State University. He lives in Southern California where he continues to write.

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