George Clooney Praises Universal for Bringing Ticket to Paradise to Theaters

Ticket to Paradise is off to a hot start overseas as it opens to 76 markets, bringing in roughly $72 million ahead of its domestic debut. The romantic comedy starring George Clooney and Julia Roberts may signify a resurgence of the genre, and Clooney is happy Universal chose to bring the film to theaters.

“Universal did a very brave thing,” Clooney told The Hollywood Reporter about the theatrical release. “These things are only going on streamers now, and they did a very brave thing to make a movie like this. We’re grateful. We’re hopeful.” As fans flock to theaters following the pandemic, studios may look to push more feature films to the cinema instead of a direct-to-streaming release. Ticket to Paradise arrives soon after Bros, the LGBTQ+ romantic comedy that bombed at the box office with a $10 million worldwide gross against the estimated $22 million budget. However, what looked like a fading box office genre may pick up momentum with the latest feature from Clooney and Roberts.

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Ticket to Paradise stars Sean Lynch, Arielle Carver-O’Neill, Ling Cooper Tang, Billie Lourd, Kaitlyn Dever, and Maxime Bouttier alongside the two leads. The film follows the divorced couple as they travel to Bali to stop their daughter from making the same mistake they made 25 years ago. Ol Parker helms the movie, with previous work including Now Is Good, Imagine Me & You, and Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. Ticket to Paradise arrives in theaters across the US later this month, on Oct. 21.

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George Clooney and Julia Roberts have excellent chemistry on and off-screen thanks to their five previous films together. The pair first joined forces in 2001 with Ocean’s Eleven, before meeting again in Confessions of a Dangerous Mind the following year. In 2004, Roberts and Clooney reprised their roles in Oceans Twelve before a hiatus until 2013’s August: Osage County, which Clooney produced.

During their time on the red carpet with THR, the pair was asked what the best part about working together was. Clooney’s answer: “The money. Cash,” he joked. Roberts clarified, saying, “Having a backup, having a friend. It’s such a puppy pile of a job where there’s so many people involved and then you’re kind of sent off like this satellite to talk about it all by yourself.” Roberts continued, “It doesn’t make a lot of sense. And so, to be in lockstep with someone, it just makes it so much more fun.”

Clooney and Roberts will be hoping for similar success in the U.S. as the film is deemed a hit in the overseas market. Look to your local theater on Oct. 21 for Ticket to Paradise.