The term "box office poison" is one synonymous with actors who, for a multitude of reasons, just can't seem to catch a break. Despite each of these performers having a significant enough profile with audiences, there's something about them that just doesn't entice people to go catch their latest movies, and as a result, they've endured a string of financially unsuccessful efforts, regardless of the critical acclaim they may have acquired (in some cases, at least). Hiring these actors will, for the most part, result in a movie failing to gather any financial traction whatsoever, and while we can't discount the fact that some of these actors willfully picked art over commerce, there's no denying the fact that a string of monetary flops will do little to help any actor's career. Some of these performers are at least lucky enough to do well from animated fare, ensemble work and blockbuster franchises, but when it's their face plastered all over the poster, they're still unable to bring in the big bucks. In this article, we're going to examine each actors' box office history over the last decade, and try and figure out why they just can't open a movie. Which actors immediately put you off a movie? Let us know in the comments!
12. Clive Owen
Over the last 10 years, Clive Owen has had only a number of hits at the box office: Closer and Sin City (both ensemble pieces that weren't sold on his name), Inside Man (likely more successful because of Denzel Washington), and the Pink Panther remake (a hit due to the franchise and Steve Martin's presence). As for other films that at least broke even at the box office, King Arthur did but ultimately made no money for the studio, and Killer Elite just barely made more than its cost. As for the flops? They include Children of Men, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Shoot 'Em Up, The International, Duplicity, The Boys Are Back, Trust, Intruders, Shadow Dancer, Blood Ties and Words and Pictures. Boy, that's a lot of failed movies. Why Is He A Flop? It's hard to say: he's a handsome and perfectly capable actor in both silly action flicks and dramatic fare. He certainly didn't get a poor choice of movies, yet something about him (perhaps his accent) just doesn't connect with audiences.
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