Margot Robbie Had A Horrible 2022

In spite of her superstar status, Margot Robbie has suffered two huge flops in the past year.

By Britta DeVore | Updated

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While she’s been a part of some major blockbusters over the years, even nabbing two Oscar nominations for her leading roles in I, Tonya and Bombshell, 2022 was a particularly nasty year for Australian actress Margot Robbie. The performer has had two major box office flops within the last 12 months, first with Amsterdam and again, most recently, with Babylon. Being that they were her only two projects of the year, we’re sure she’s looking forward to a bounce back in 2023.

Hoping to hit the holiday weekend movie-going crowd, Damien Chazelle’s Babylon landed in theaters on December 23, in what Deadline referred to as a box office “blaze.” The news source reported that after its first four days in theaters, the film, which cost $80 million to make, only managed to rake in a measly $4.85 million which was incredibly far off from its expected $5.3 million. And, while it’s still the early days for the drama, with a snow-filled weekend to boot, it’s already landed a crippling score of 56% on Rotten Tomatoes, marking the Margot Robbie and Brad Pitt-led feature as one that can be missed.

Likewise, David O. Russell’s star-studded Amsterdam, which featured not only Margot Robbie, John David Washington, and Christian Bale, but also huge names like Chris Rock, Anya Taylor-Joy, Zoe Saldaña, Mike Myers, and even Taylor Swift, was a box office blunder. First landing in theaters in early October, the film has managed to earn a worldwide total of $31.2 million over its two-and-a-half-month theatrical run. Massively missing the mark with audiences, the film is hemorrhaging profits, having cost $80 million to make. 

Both Margot Robbie-led disasters are period pieces, with Babylon set in the 1920s and Amsterdam taking place in 1933. The former tells the story of the golden days in Hollywood where glitz and glamor ruled the scene with several wannabe stars pushing their way to the top. Amsterdam told the story of a political conspiracy known as the Business Plot in which a trio of friends – a doctor, a nurse, and a lawyer – set out on a mission to discover the truth behind the unsolved murder of a retired U.S. general.

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From left to right: Christian Bale, Margot Robbie, and John David Washington in Amsterdam (2022)

But, with 2022 almost in the rearview, Margot Robbie is looking to 2023 to get her career back in business. This year, she’ll star in two highly anticipated features: Wes Anderson’s Asteroid City and Greta Gerwig’s Barbie. The first will be a romantic comedy-drama by the King of indie filmmaking and is set to release in June 2023. It takes place in 1955 with audiences being introduced to a group of students and parents from around the United States who are attending the Junior Stargazer convention for a week of academics, rest, and relaxation. 

As always, Margot Robbie won’t be the only huge name in Anderson’s latest flick, with a call sheet boasting the likes of frequent collaborators including Tilda Swinton, Adrien Brody, Tom Hanks, Rupert Friend, Jason Schwartzman, Scarlett Johansson, Bryan Cranston, Hope Davis, Jeff Goldblum, and more. As for Gerwig’s Barbie, a shoo-in for a summer blockbuster, the film will star Margot Robbie as the titular Mattel doll with Ryan Gosling as her Ken. In the most indie and ironic way possible, Gerwig will tell a story of uniqueness and female strength in a male-dominated and “perfect” world.