“Wall Street 2″ aka “Money Never Sleeps” took a nap at the box office Friday night and brought in a drowsy $7 million.
Nikki Finke’s Deadline Yesterday estimated it at $8 million, which is a slumbering million dollars more than the accurate boxofficemojo.com.
“WS2″ will finish the weekend snooze with between $21 and $23 million total, not exactly a nightmare but no dream either.
So it seems that neither Michael Douglas‘s illness nor the promise of seeing Shia LaBeouf in a suit did a lot for audiences.
It’s too bad because “Wall Street 2″ is a very good film, with fine performances from Douglas and especially Frank Langella in a supporting role.
Among Oliver Stone‘s films it will be ranked well and high.
But reviews have been mixed, and, in the case of the New York Post, actually negative. The two-and-half star review from Fox’s sister newspaper surely watered down enthusiasm locally. When the Post wants to promote a film they go all out with front page banners, etc. In this case, they buried a relative.
Maybe on Sunday more adults will hit the theaters for “Wall Street 2.” I sure hope so. People should see this well crafted film.
PS “The Town,” a great movie, finished second Friday night with $5,035,000, a small fall off from the prior weekend. “The Town” is a solid hit.