August 23rd, 2010
10:44 AM ET
Despite complimentary reviews, Jennifer Aniston’s newest flick, “The Switch,” only earned about $8 million at the box office.
The film’s shoddy opening weekend led several media outlets to pose questions like, “Jennifer Aniston: Exactly why is she a movie star?” and “Why don’t Jennifer Aniston’s friends help her more at the box office?”
Even ESPN got in on the action when columnist Bill Simmons dissected each of Aniston’s past flops, proposing that the only reason the former “Friend” is still making movies is because of her love triangle with Brangelina.
“Aniston resonates with women like no other celebrity,” Simmons writes. “No matter how wealthy or famous or good-looking she is, the nuts and bolts of Aniston’s 'tragic' story could have happened to anyone.”
Aniston’s last movie, “The Bounty Hunter,” fared better at the box office, raking in about $21 million its opening weekend in March. “Love Happens,” however, only brought in about $8.4 million when it opened in September 2009.
So why aren’t her movies resonating with audiences?
“Aniston may have a limited range, but in edgier movies like ‘Office Space,’ ‘The Good Girl’ and ‘Friends with Money,’ she flourished by leaving her comfort zone,” Rob Shuter of PopEater writes. “Jen needs to get the hell out of the romantic comedy world of ‘Love Happens,’ ‘He’s Just Not That Into You,’ ‘The Bounty Hunter’ and ‘The Switch.’ ”
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