Clint Eastwood’s THE MULE Is Quietly Making A Killing
Back in the day, Clint Eastwood was Hollywood gold. He was one of the most popular actors working, and arguably the King of the Western after John Wayne. Later in his career he shifted more towards directing, churning out less and less acting performances.
But every now and then he finds the combination as a winning one. Gran Torino in 2008 was incredible, and that was really his last starring role which he also directed. Then seemingly out of nowhere, the trailer for The Mule dropped and came out shortly after.
Well, audiences responded because the movie had made 61.1 million since it was released on December 14th- which is nearly double what the last film starring Eastwood made in its entire run, referring to Trouble With The Curve ($35.8). THR.com estimates that the film could clear 90 million by the end of its run. Not including marketing, the film cost 50 million to make. So the movie could see a profit before it even hits theaters overseas this month.
The film is set to make its international rollout this month, and Eastwood tends to play well in markets like France. So The Mule is on the verge of becoming a full on sleeper hit- one of those films no one is really talking about, but is making their studio very happy. Last year, you could say The Greatest Showman was doing that at around this same time. Everyone was talking about the success of Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle, just like this year everyone is talking about Aquaman, but Showman earned a ton of money very quietly, beneath those behemoths.
A lot of people are used to superhero box office numbers, but for a small film, 61 million is huge. Eastwood is almost 90, for him to direct and star in a movie is no small feat. It is quite impressive that he is able to still do what he does best.
Have you seen it yet? What’d you think?
The Mule is still in theaters now.
Eastwood stars as Earl Stone, a man in his 80s who is broke, alone, and facing foreclosure of his business when he is offered a job that simply requires him to drive. Easy enough, but, unbeknownst to Earl, he’s just signed on as a drug courier for a Mexican cartel. He does well—so well, in fact, that his cargo increases exponentially, and Earl is assigned a handler. But he isn’t the only one keeping tabs on Earl; the mysterious new drug mule has also hit the radar of hard-charging DEA agent Colin Bates. And even as his money problems become a thing of the past, Earl’s past mistakes start to weigh heavily on him, and it’s uncertain if he’ll have time to right those wrongs before law enforcement, or the cartel’s enforcers, catch up to him.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
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