Rules Don’t Apply: Warren Beatty’s Passion Project Bombs at the Box Office

Warren Beatty’s long-digesting movie project, Rules Don’t Apply, bombed at the box-office, after dividing film critics right in the middle.

Of all the actors of his generation–Jack Nicholson, Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman (all born in 1937), he might be the most perfectionist but also the laziest.

In a career spanning 55 years–Beatty made a splashy debut in Kazan’s 1961 masterpiece, Splendor in the Grass–the multi-hyphenate talent has made only two dozen films!

His career output is extremely slim compared to that of his cohorts.  Redford and Hoffman have each made over 60 films, and Jack Nicholson (Beatty’s close friend) has appeared in over 100 pictures.

Rules Don’t Apply, a wannabe romantic comedy about Howard Hughes, earned a disastrous $2.2 million over five days, and $1.6 million over the weekend.

Warren Beatty hasn’t been on screens in more than a decade, since the equally disastrous Town and Country, in 2004.

The last movie he directed was in 1998, Bullworth, which he also roduced, co-wrote, and starred in.

He has spent years trying to assemble financing for this film, which is sais to be a passion project and personal film

Hughes, the famously reclusive billionaire was something of an obsession for the actor.

To make the picture, which cost $25 million, Beatty tapped a network of one-percenters that includes Steve Bing, Steven Mnuchin, and Ron Burkle.

Fox is distributing the picture, which inexplicably served as opening night of the 2016 AFI Film Fest.

The opening of Rules Don’t Apply is one of the worst ever recorded for a movie that debuted on more than 2,000 screens.