There is no doubt before the theatrical release—from the start of 2022—Paramount Pictures ‘Babylon’ was one of the most exceptional films of the year, but after its theatrical release, it became one of the biggest disappointments of the year, with mostly poor reviews and poor box office. According to critics’ claims, apart from the cast’s performance, ‘Babylon’ is poor, dumb, ridiculous, and has nothing about cinema while making an image of old Hollywood. Not only critical reviews but the box office table looks even worse for production, and it will be hard for the production to digest that they spent millions on such a film.
Is Babylon Movie Hit Or Flop?
According to reports, Paramount Pictures ‘Babylon’— Starring Margot Robbie, Diego Calva, Brad Pitt, and Jean Smart— released in the USA on December 23, 2022, in over 3300 theaters alongside ‘I Wanna Dance with Somebody’, collecting $1.46 million on its opening day, $3.60 million on its opening weekend in North America, which is below-poor than expected and even worse for a medium-budgeted film. Overall, it has so far grossed $15.35 million domestically and $14.96 million overseas, for a global total of $30.31 million.
As per California Film Commission, makers spent around $110 million to produce the film, and as per industry estimates, the marketing costs of ‘Babylon’ also in the decent number, which puts the film’s break-even point above $250 million, and at this time $250 million is “mission impossible” for ‘Babylon’ with the cast of Margot Robbie, Brad Pitt, and Diego Calva. Forget $250 million, $20 million from ‘Babylon’ at lifetime run is also under question. Frankly, the R-rated direction of Damien Chazelle ‘Babylon’ is a huge box office disaster with a loss of $75 million for production and distributors, as well as a critical failure.
It is unimaginable that the year ended badly for the successful Paramount Pictures while there were high expectations. If anyone gets credit for the failure, then it can be given to the poor direction of the film and the meaningless content, especially Damien Chazelle and Margot Robbie. One more important thing (in our opinion), big names like Brad Pitt should learn from this and avoid such films which were bad for their career.
Talking about the exact critical response, ‘Babylon’ has received a 7.6/10* IMDb rating, and on Rotten Tomatoes, it scored 56/100% based on 324 critical reviews.