Arnold Schwarzenegger comeback flops at box office as `The Last Stand` rakes in only USD 1.9m

The movie stars the former 65-year-old California governor as a sheriff in a sleepy Arizona town in his first leading film role in nearly a decade. ¬†According to estimates by Deadline, ‘The Last Stand’ earned a paltry 1.9 million dollars on Friday, the Daily Mail reported.

Arnold Schwarzenegger
Arnold Schwarzenegger

Studio executives no doubt expected a better box office performance from the Hollywood heavyweight, who had his first leading role since 2003’s ‘Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.’

The movie also stars Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker and Johnny Knoxville, of MTV’s ‘Jackass’ fame. ¬†Many critics said that Schwarzenegger’s performance of Sheriff Ray Owens falls flat in the film.

According to Variety, the Governator looks ‘at once blankly inexpressive and doggedly determined’ making a ‘creaky but reasonably commercial comeback bid.’ The showbiz publication branded the movie itself as ''predictable,'' with ''cartoonish'' action.

The Hollywood Reporter slammed the ‘conspicuously tasteless’ use of a school bus in one of the movie’s violent scenes, but draws comparison of Schwarzenegger’s role as that of Clint Eastwood in the early 1990s - an aging man who is still physically capable when need be.

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