As many were not aware, we need to make an announcement — John Travolta had a new movie debuting in theaters this past weekend. Don’t feel awkward if you were unaware, as few actually were, and we understand if you did not attend — because NOBODY attended the release of THE FANATIC.
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) August 31, 2019
In the film Travolta plays a learning disabled adult who entertains tourists by being in costume and posing for pictures, and he develops an unhealthy and violent obsession with an action movie star. Critics have savaged this while audiences have ignored it.
I've always hated this point in a performer's career, particularly films actors, when they accept roles for cash flow instead of those that reflect their strengths. It's always diminishing and makes it more difficult to rebound.
— R. Stephen Browning (@BrowningStephen) September 1, 2019
And to think Hugh Jackman was second fiddle in Swordfish…how things change
— Sardo Numspa (@TweetnTwatting) September 3, 2019
Who keeps greenlighting these films- especially Travolta ones?
— dale985 (@jenheart18) September 3, 2019
Yea John had a legendary run. Time to put it to bed. Work behind the scenes.
— PaulieK2003 (@PaulieK2003) August 31, 2019
Well, look at that shirt with those shorts. No wonder it bombed.?????
— Florence of Arabia (@ArabiaFlorence) September 1, 2019
The Hollywood Reporter has the numbers. On the film’s opening day on Friday, it made a paltry $3,150. Over the course of the extended 4-day Labor Day holiday weekend Travolta’s release would not even take in $15,000. Understand, in weekend box office figures the discussion is in the millions of dollars.
Some details behind this: It was released into only 52 theaters, while major releases get more than 4,000. However, even on that low scale, the film averaged less than $300 per screen, when averages trend into the thousands of dollars. One theater reported a return of under $10. so ONE person bought a ticket???
Looking for revenues from John Travolta movies like pic.twitter.com/v8AumAGlXO
— @Mitch_Kosowski #GreatestTraderOFALLTIME ??? (@Mitch_Kosowski) September 3, 2019
— Tankman (@Tankkman27) September 5, 2019
Uh, yes — there is another factor in this failure: It was directed by Fred Durst. You heard correctly — the former frontman for Limp Bizkit made this movie.
Travolta – Fred Durst – low budget “thriller” …
Yea, this sounds about right.https://t.co/iahmcatyoS
— Disasters In The Making (@DITM_Podcast) September 5, 2019
Fred Durst made a movie and John Travolta is in it and looks like this. Idk anything else about it but so far I am intrigued. pic.twitter.com/Zr6HZY5jYa
— Eliot (@EliotETC) August 31, 2019
Fred Durst directed what did you expect!
— Scotty (@ScottySauce) September 1, 2019
— Rich Morgan (@RLM19382) September 1, 2019
Damn I really thought if E from Entourage couldn’t capture peak Tavolta, Fred Durst would
— rico (@theericmoss) September 3, 2019
It has been a while since we saw anything of notable quality from the man. He has descended to DVD-only titles, or this kind of weak release going to video-on-demand this weekend. we have to reach back to recall the last legitimate hit film he was seen in.
It says a lot about how far your career has fallen when the last hit you had was this pic.twitter.com/tDczwjfwxW
— Ryan Lamont Brown (@Theguitarkid93) September 4, 2019
Well…at least he was dancing…