Megan Fox didn’t have much luck playing Pictionary on The Tonight Show this week (Nick Cannon couldn’t guess frog from her poor drawing) when she was promoting her big-screen return in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
And, let’s face it, the bombshell has had a pretty uneven film career after bursting (literally) onto the scene with Transformers in 2007. That wasn’t her first role (she made her debut alongside Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen in the 2001 film Holiday in the Sun — you’re forgiven for not knowing that), but it’s the one that put Fox on the map and screensavers and teenage boys’ lockers everywhere. And she's confident that her latest adventure will be a hit. At a press conference for TMNT last week she predicted critics would love her new film. "... And if they don't love it, they can f--- off, and that's the end of that."
But how much of a box-office powerhouse has she been sans Autobots? Let’s take a look.
— How to Lose Friends & Alienate People (2008): Well, at least it lived up to its title. This comedy with Simon Pegg and Jeff Bridges only grossed $19 million worldwide.
— Jennifer’s Body (2009): Fox’s first starring role proved she couldn’t act her way out of a paper bag. After a splashy TIFF premiere, the film disappeared quickly from theatres.
— Jonah Hex (2010): A flop of gargantuan proportions — the DC comic-book adaptation grossed less than $11 million.
— Passion Play (2011): Megan managed to outdo herself — her next film grossed less than $4,000 (not a typo). The film also starred Mickey Rourke and Bill Murray.
— Friends With Kids (2012): Or not — this comedy (which no one saw) grossed a paltry $12 million worldwide.
— This is 40 (2012): Having scraped the bottom of the barrel, Fox got serious with this quasi-sequel to Knocked Up. With $88 million, itís her highest-grossing non-Transformers film. But, not to nitpick, Fox had a glorified cameo.
(**Box office figures from Boxofficemojo.com)