Melissa is featured as part of The State of Comedy in 2014: A Roundtable Discussion
I am writing because I have searched my conscience lately and have discovered that I owe you a sincere apology. Weeks before your film “Tammy” opened I was very excited about the movie and was predicting rousing box office returns on the film. The movie had everything going for it…a 4th of July release date, the pairing of yourself and the always wonderful Susan Sarandon, the fact that the movie was directed by your husband, Ben Falcone (could that be any cuter, I ask you?), and a sterling supporting cast that included Kathy Bates, Dan Aykroyd, Allison Janney, Gary Cole and Toni Collette. Needless to say, I, along with most people who think they know something about predicting box office success, picked “Tammy” as a can’t-miss R rated summer comedy hit. I got all excited and started talking about how the five day July 4th weekend could result in a gross of over $50 million, completely losing my sensibilities as I gladly found myself swept up in Tammymania. Even as the opening Wednesday was almost upon us I was still convinced that audiences would flock to their local multiplexes in droves. Droves I tell you!
But hold on and back the truck up. When that opening Wednesday was only $6.2 million and the Cinemascore was C+ I immediately did a complete 180, did my best Chicken Little impression and labelled the film a failure. When I was looking at the grossing potential of “Sex Tape” this past week I mentioned in my blog that R rated comedies have been successful this year, unless your name is Seth McFarlane or Melissa McCarthy. Ouch, that was as cruel of a beating as school bully John McGrenery gave me in third grade. But I digress. Ok it wasn’t the over-the-moon opening (the film went on to gross $33 million for the five days) that I and the rest of the industry expected, but a funny thing happened on the way through July. The film currently sits at $71 million, off a budget of a mere $20 million by the by, which places it at #4 on the list of highest grossing comedies of 2014 (unless you count “I Frankenstein”). In its’ view-finder is “The Other Woman”, which amassed $83 million earlier in the summer (and that needed not one, not two, but three female leads to accomplish that feat). Melissa, you needed only yourself and an intoxicated Susan Sarandon to achieve such success.
So it is with a heavy heart that I extend this olive branch and say I am wicked sorry for hurtfully dissing your movie (“wicked sorry” is the sorriest anyone from Boston can ever be, by the way). Sometimes we become prisoners of our own expectations and get a story into our heads and it stays there. We see something that looks like a duck, sounds like a duck and acts like a duck yet we still call it a wombat.
I will never doubt you again and can’t wait for next May’s “Spy” with you and Jason Statham. Although you’ll need to remind me to temper my excitement as the film draws closer.
Box Office Insider
Back on July 8, syndicated columnist Liz Smith wrote that the poor reviews and tepid box office results for Melissa McCarthy’s “Tammy” were a signal that it was time for the actress to try something new. “It’s time to temper the vulgarity and stupidity of the persona that (no denying) has made her a big movie star,” Smith wrote. But maybe the eulogies for McCarthy’s career were a bit premature: “Tammy” earned an estimated $12.9 million at the box office over the weekend, putting its domestic total at $57.3 million after two weeks.
“It’s going to be a profitable movie for us,” Dan Fellman, Warner Bros. president for domestic distribution, told the New York Times on July 6. “We’ll be fine. We will leg it out during the week.” At that time, Fellman predicted that “Tammy” could gross $100 million at the box office, which would make it McCarthy’s fifth feature to hit that mark. That “Tammy” only cost a reported $20 million means it could wind up being one of the most profitable films Warner Bros. releases this year.
Lead Actress, Comedy: Dunham, Falco, Dreyfus, McCarthy, Poehler, Schilling #EmmyNoms
— TV Guide (@TVGuide) July 10, 2014
Guest Actress in a Comedy: Aduba, Cox, Cusack, Fey, Lyonne, McCarthy (3 OITNB, 2 SNL, 1 Shameless) #EmmyNoms
— TV Guide (@TVGuide) July 10, 2014
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