Box office disaster: Harrison Ford's 'Paranoia' has the worst debut of 2013 (and his career)

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Together, Liam Hemsworth, Gary Oldman, and Harrison Ford have starred in some of the biggest blockbusters of all time. Hemsworth has The Hunger Games, Oldman had the Harry Potter films, and Ford starred in two little franchises called Star Wars and Indiana Jones.

But the trio of actors couldn’t lift the $40 million thriller Paranoia — which you may not have realized opened in 2,459 theaters on Friday — out of the box office doldrums. In fact, Paranoia bombed. Badly. The film earned just $3.5 million in its first three days, which yielded a pitiful $1,423 per-theater average. Not only is that the worst debut of 2013 for a movie opening in more than 2,000 theaters — stealing the inauspicious title from Tyler Perry Presents Peeples, which opened with $4.6 million in May — it’s the worst wide opening weekend of Ford’s entire career. Han Solo can usually do better than 13th place.

Paranoia was directed by Robert Luketic, the rom-com specialist behind films like Legally Blonde, The Ugly Truth, and Monster-in-Law. Neither audiences nor critics enjoyed his take on the business thriller, though. The film currently has a 2 percent “Fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and polled crowds stamped it with an awful “C+” CinemaScore grade. Ads for the film were confusing, and despite their effort to explain the storyline, made the film look like little more than a jumbled mess of corporate conspiracy.

The stars should land on their feet just fine. Ford proved his drawing power earlier this year with 42, which earned $95 million, and he’s got roles in Ender’s Game and The Expendables 3 in the pipeline. Oldman is a veteran thespian who commands respect throughout the industry and shines in smaller, more serious dramas. Paranoia‘s performance reflects most poorly on Hemsworth, whom the distributor placed at the center of the marketing campaign. The Australian hunk has a good while before the Hunger Games series concludes, but he’ll need to prove his leading-man viability to keep nabbing high-profile roles in Hollywood.

Check out the Paranoia trailer below:

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