10. Material Girls
Original Release Date: Material Girls received a wide theatrical release on Aug. 18, 2006 by MGM after a lengthy period of attempts to sell the film to various film distribution companies.
Box Office Earnings: Unfortunately, Duff’s star power wasn’t enough to bolster Material Girls into a box office hit. The film debuted at No. 9 on its opening weekend, bringing in just under $5 million. Overall, the movie earned an underwhelming $16 million at the worldwide box office against its $15 million production budget.
Critical Acclaim: Much like the meager commercial returns, Material Girls didn’t make up much ground with critics. The film was widely panned by critics and audiences, grabbing a dismal 4% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 17% on Metacritic. Both Hilary and Haylie Duff were nominated for Razzie Awards, which is really nothing but a badge of honor and cements Material Girls as a camp classic.
About the Role: Duff plays Tanzania “Tanzie” Marchetta, who’s the spoiled heir to the Marchetta Cosmetics fortune alongside sister Ava (Haylie Duff). When a scandal involving the brand’s night cream effectively tarnishes their reputation, the pair of materialistic sisters must rely on themselves rather than their money to remain afloat. Later, Tanzie and Ava work hard to save the company and their father’s legacy, ultimately learning what’s important and how to run an empire.
Simply the Best: Sure, Material Girls might not be the best showing of Duff’s box office strength, but what’s more notable than any facts and figures surrounding the movie is the star’s role as a producer. Before it became commonplace for movie stars to dabble in producing and develop their own projects, Duff exercised her power as a household name to prove herself as more than just a marketable name. And no matter what the world had to say, Duff’s Erin Brockovich moment in Material Girls will always be a memorable highlight in the beginning of her adult career.