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Marvel, 'Star Wars,' 'Harry Potter' and more: Why the movie star no longer shines as bright as the franchise

Marvel, 'Star Wars,' 'Harry Potter' and more: Why the movie star no longer shines as bright as the franchise

Russell Crowe is Hollywood royalty. Or at least he used to be. He’s got an Oscar under his belt and a string of critically acclaimed hit films — “L.A. Confidential,” “Gladiator” and “A Beautiful Mind” —  on his resume. But does he have the star power to open a movie?

Not anymore, judging by his most recent box office. His latest film, “The Nice Guys,” opened at No. 4, beaten by “The Jungle Book,” “Captain America: Civil War” and, yes, “Angry Birds.” Even Will Smith, who drew...

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