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Julia Roberts no longer a ‘Pretty Woman’ at box offices

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julia2Sixteen years ago, People magazine ran a cover story emblazoned with the headline “Whatever happened to … Julia Roberts.” These days, people are asking, “Whatever happened to Julia Roberts’ career?”

The 41-year-old actress has not headlined a hit since her Oscar-winning turn in 2000′s “Erin Brockovich.” Only her co-starring roles in the all-star “Ocean’s Eleven” remake and its sequel bring some luster to her recent filmography.

Her latest release, the Universal Pictures caper “Duplicity,” has earned just $32 million after 17 days. It took the studio’s new box office champ “Fast & Furious” about a day to reach that figure.

Roberts was last in theaters with 2007′s “Charlie Wilson’s War,” sharing top billing with fellow Oscar winners Tom Hanks and Philip Seymour Hoffman. The wry political satire stalled at $67 million. Before that, she appeared in 2004′s “Closer,” which made $34 million. The year before, “Mona Lisa Smile” earned $64 million.

Julia Roberts, back on the star track?

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Actress Julia Roberts reigned atop the Hollywood star ladder back in 2001 when she won an Oscar for her role in the movie “Erin Brockovich,” but in the last couple years the A-list stajulia-robertsr has been largely absent from movie screens as she became a new mom. With her starring role in “Duplicity,” the 41-year-old actress is back for more Hollywood glory. Has she regained her crown?

“Duplicity” opened on Friday and came in third at the box office over the weekend with $14.4 million, trailing ”Knowing” starring Nicolas Cage and “I Love You, Man” with Paul Rudd and Jason Segel.

Actor Vince Vaughn has studios laughing to the bank

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vaughn.jpgComedian Vince Vaughn has topped a list of Hollywood stars giving studios the best returns on their investments. In an “Entertainment All Stars Special Issue”, Forbes magazine has looked at which actors provide the best payback and Vaughn was No. 1, with his films earning $14.73 for every dollar he was paid. Why? Well, until recently he wasn’t paid the mega-bucks of other Hollywood stars and the films he starred in, like aniston.jpg“Wedding Crashers” and “The Break-Up,” had modest budgets but good box office returns.

A-listers Matt Damon, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts and George Clooney also looked good in the list because of their work in “Ocean’s Twelve” and “Ocean’s Thirteen”, as they all took pay cuts to appear in the heist movies. 

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