Angelina Jolie-Pitt and Brad Pitt may be Hollywood’s most famous power couple, but it looks like that fame may not translate to the silver screen. The couple covered Vanity Fair Italia this month, looking loving and sultry in a black-and-white photograph, wrapped around each other.
Meanwhile, the first film in which they appeared together since Mr. and Mrs. Smith in 2005 has tanked disastrously at the box office.
By The Sea, directed by Jolie and starring the couple, was inspired by a European art house aesthetic and takes an in-depth look at marital dysfunction. Jolie and Pitt star as Vanessa and Roland, a married couple traveling through France in the mid-70s. They befriend a young couple and try to grow closer in their marriage, amid strife.
Despite the mega-popularity of its two stars, By The Sea was a total tank. Poorly reviewed, the film’s release was scaled back to only ten theaters, and made only $95,440. The film reportedly took at least $10 million to make.
Why was this film, which from the looks of it, had all the makings of a moderately successful film (considering its two leads), such a failure? Well, history has shown that films starring long-married or long-established couples tend to flop, possibly because off-screen chemistry doesn’t necessarily translate on screen. Also, the reviews for this film were mixed to negative at best, and the film’s release had to contend with more accessible, popular films. And now, of course, it’s only in ten theaters nationwide.
Even though the film will likely be seen by virtually no one in the States, it’s likely that worldwide, the film will at least break even. In the meantime, we’ve got some beautiful photographs of one of Hollywood’s most infamous couples to feast our eyes upon. Which is the only thing any of us wanted, anyway.
Check out the photos from inside Vanity Fair Italia: