Butler's Playing Flops as Bond Reclaims No. 1

Gerard Butler isn't having much luck with rom-coms these days

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 9, 2012 12:55 PM CST

(Newser) – Gerard Butler's Playing for Keeps might be "soulless" and "sexist," but at least it was a total failure at the box office on its opening weekend, marking the fourth flop in just a pair of years for the actor. Butler's rom-com was the only movie debuting this weekend, but its $6 million take was out-shot by five other films, including Skyfall ($11 million), which unseated Breaking Dawn: Part 2 ($9.2 million) to re-take the No. 1 spot, reports the LA Times. Brad Pitt's Killing Them Softly, last week's big loser, continued to languish, capturing the No. 10 spot and $2.8 million in its second week.

Gerard Butler in a scene from Playing for Keeps.
Gerard Butler in a scene from "Playing for Keeps."   (AP Photo/FilmDistrict, Dale Robinette)
Jessica Biel, Noah Lomax, and Gerard Butler in a scene from Playing for Keeps.
Jessica Biel, Noah Lomax, and Gerard Butler in a scene from "Playing for Keeps."   (AP Photo/FilmDistrict, Dale Robinette)
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