The Rock almost beat up Cloverfield

by Paul William Tenny

I'm only pointing this out because it's not just funny, it's damned funny, and in a way, a very scathing indictment of Hollywood in general. Dwayne Johnson -- a.k.a. The Rock, from his former pro-wrestling careering -- finally had a successful film this year with The Game Plan. Not only did it do well in the theater, it's now doing pretty well on DVD as well.

The Game Plan was the 31st best performing film of 2007, bringing in $111 million worldwide on an estimated budget of about $22 million. That's actually amazing when you consider that Cloverfield cost about the same, and may have made a ton more when all is said and done.

We're talking about The Rock leading a movie that is just about on par with Cloverfield, one of the most over-hyped big name flicks in recent memory

I'm not saying that I've got all the answers, but it's quite obvious that none of the execs in Hollywood do either. When The Rock can do about as well as Hollywood's new golden boy -- J. J. Abrams -- then it really is time to sit down, and start over from scratch.
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