Will Smith puts on brave face as he promotes Gemini Man in Taipei after sci-fi actioner bombs at box office
His latest movie Gemini Man is a major box office flop.
But on Monday, Will Smith put on a brave face as he continued to promote it in Taipei, the capital of Taiwan.
The sci-fi actioner directed by Ang Lee had a lackluster opening in China this weekend following its disappointing opening 10 days ago in North America.
Brave face: Will Smith continued to promote his movie Gemini Man in taipei, Taiwan, on Monday even thought he film had a very disappointing opening weekend in China
Smith, 51, attended the special screening with Lee and producer Jerry Bruckheimer.
He wore a striped top with a black two-piece suit and made sure to spend some time greeting fans and taking selfies.
Gemini Man is likely to bank a $75 million loss, according to The Hollywood Reporter on Sunday.
That's because the hope that ticket sales in China would offset the lack of them domestically did not come to pass.
Flop: The sci-fi actioner directed by Ang Lee and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, pictured with Smith, is facing a loss of $75 million after bombing at the North American box office
Working it: Smith, 51, made sure to spend time greeting fans and taking selfies at the special screening
Bust: Gemini Man cost $138 million to make and had a marketing budget of $100 million. To date, the film has only grossed $118.7 million worldwide
THR.com reported that the movie cost about $138 million to make and an additional $100 million was spent on marketing.
However, Gemini Man was a box office bust when it opened in North America on October 11, debuting with just $20 million. It only grossed a paltry $8.5 million on its second weekend.
But there was optimism that the actor's fans in China would come out in droves to see the film when it opened there this weekend and offset the lack of ticket sales stateside.
But in a surprise turn of events, Gemini Man couldn't beat out Maleficent: Mistress of Evil and took in just $21 million behind Disney's Angelina Jolie starrer that opened with $22.4 million.
This brings its current global take to just $118.7 million.
Two for the money: In Gemini Man, Smith stars as an elite assassin who faces off against his younger self thanks to the use of groundbreaking de-aging effects
Lackluster: Smith promoted the film big time in Asia with hopes ticket sales there would offset the lack of them in North America. But it grossed only $21 million in China this weekend
In Gemini Man, Smith stars as an elite assassin who faces off against his younger self thanks to plenty of movie magic including groundbreaking de-aging effects and high frame rate technology designed for 3D screens.
But even two Smiths for the price of one clearly couldn't overcome the poor reviews the film received.
Still, Smith can still take comfort in the huge success of Aladdin earlier this year.
Disney's live action remake in which he starred as Genie was his best box office opening ever, raking in more than $1 billion worldwide.
Not impressed: Gemini Man struggled to overcome poor reviews