Okay, but I do wonder if these bombs (at least at the boxoffice) are being underwritten by Ron Howard so his daughter can be a movie star...

She sure looks like him, doesn't she?
I wasn't even aware that she was his daughter until you mentioned it. But now you do, and now that I've ransacked IMDB to compare photos, I do see it. Quite dramatically, in fact. The Howard dynasty goes on.