Well…it happens to the best actors at least once, Will.
While appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live this past week, Will Smith opened up to Jimmy about After Earth and it being his first big box office disappointment in a very long time. According to the actor, it has been almost two decades since a film he’s done hasn’t been numero uno. Even the deeper movies (and that includes the critically side-eyed ones like Seven Pounds) have managed to be number one, despite pulling in less money than After Earth during their opening week. But with a budget of around $130 million, and an opening week number of less than $30 million, let’s just say that expectations were a whole lot higher. Despite all that, Smith is joking about the movie’s performance, but also keeps it real by saying “It was a tragedy.”
Kimmel: Now this movie opened up at number three, for most people they’re excited to be number three. That’s not a good number for you.
Smith: Here’s how I look at it. Let’s be honest Jimmy, three is the new one [laughs]
You know how many ones it takes to make a three?? Aw man, that was tragic. I was sitting at home cause you know you get the information moment by moment like every hour somebody’s calling, so I was like…’Uh oh.’ I felt like a fighter. It’s been almost two decades since I had a movie that wasn’t number one.
Kimmel: Is that true? Two decades at number one?
Smith: Well that’s over now, buddy. Thanks! [laughs] I felt like a fighter like I was the champ. Then out of nowhere… [pretends to be knocked out]. It was a mess. It was a tragedy.
Check out the conversation between Kimmel and Smith on the next page. The conversation about After Earth begins around the 2:37 mark. Will really handled himself well, but then again, he’s still hilarious.