Dua Lipa really stepped out of her comfort zone with her major role in the new movie, “Argylle” … hopefully, she won’t be too discouraged by box office numbers.
If you don’t know … “Argylle” centers on an author who writes secret agent novels — and whose life becomes one after her latest book starts to reflect real-world events.
However, most of the buzz around the movie’s centered less on the plot and more on the cast — Henry Cavill, Bryce Dallas Howard, Sam Rockwell, John Cena, Ariana DeBose, Catherine O’Hara, Samuel L. Jackson, Dua … the list just goes on and on.
But, even an army of stars can’t seem to save “Argylle” from the dreaded box office bomb. The first weekend for the comedy-thriller’s not going well according to The Hollywood Reporter … which reports the film grossed just $5.6 million on Friday in the United States and it headed for an estimated $16.5 million domestic opening
The overseas numbers look just as bad for the flick … with those markets expected to rake in just $16.9 million — a poor opening for a movie with a blockbuster budget like “Argylle.”
Multiple outlets report the film cost $200 million to make .. and, that’s not including the marketing budget — probably another huge sum given the massive commercial campaign the team at Apple launched.
As for what happened, that seems obvious … early reviews of the movie weren’t flattering and may have convinced prospective moviegoers to skip a trip to the cinema. The movie’s currently got a 37% critic score on Rotten Tomatoes though audiences are rating it at 65%.
Now, Dua’s inclusion in the flick’s specifically important here … because she doesn’t do much acting. This is really only her second role listed on IMDb where she’s played a character — she was also a Barbie in “Barbie” but so was half of H’Wood.
So, a box office blow in her first real major role may negatively impact her career prospects … or maybe not. She’s still one of the most popular singers in the world.
Bottom line … it seems “Argylle” is living up to its secret agent roots — ’cause no one seems to be noticing it!