Does ‘Trainwreck’ Have Lebron James To Thank For Its Success?
The recent release of Universal Films’ Trainwreck had Cleveland running to the movie theaters this weekend to catch their hometown star, Lebron James, on the big screen. Sure, the debut of funny-girl Amy Schumer can be added to the reasons why Trainwreck — Judd Apatow is another reason — was a hit but what took many by surprise was James performance. It was really good.
Not all athletes make a great transition into actor, but it seems as though James has found another niche as a funny man. James’ role as Bill Hader’s sidekick showed the baller to be a “delightfully natural comedic talent,” noted Vanity Fair.
“And alongside Schumer’s refreshing and revolutionary take on the classic rom-com, LeBron’s presence and ability to land a Downton Abbey joke or two helped make Trainwreck a rousing success at the box office,” reported the magazine.
And we have proof of the LeBron effect.
Trainwreck performed well in the popular cities of Los Angeles and New York which both host fans of Schumer, Hader, and director Apatow. But it’s Cleveland who showed just how loyal they are to their main man, Cavaliers’ James. Cleveland’s audience turnout was 66 percent higher than expected.
Trainwreck brought in $30.2 million at the box office giving Apatow his second-highest opening weekend since Knocked Up, which brought in $30.7 million.
Cleveland fans showed overwhelming support for James and we’re sure they left with smiles on their faces as James goes on about how Cleveland is one of the best places on earth during his big screen moments.
Will you be heading to the theaters to see Trainwreck?