Tuesday, May 21, 2024

“Dark Knight” Falls– A Lot, But Strong Showing for Meryl Steep Marriage Comedy


“The Dark Knight Rises” has fallen. With $376 million in the bank domestically, the Chris Nolan caped crusader finale made just $5 million on Friday. It fell to third place, behind “The Bourne Legacy” and “The Campaign.” “TDKR” may have finally started exhausting its theater audience after 22 tumultuous days. It should still cross the $400 million line as it begins descent from the top, however.

The big box office news is that Sony’s counter programming gamble with Meryl Streep in “Hope Springs” could pay off. The film opened on Wednesday and has almost $10 million in ticket sales. Friday night accounted for about half of that. If it holds up tonight and Sunday, “Hope Springs”–with Tommy Lee Jones and Steve Carell–could be a nice little hit. Then Sony will bring it back out for Oscar consideration, with nominations going to Streep and Jones at least. What a pleasant turn of events. Sony’s Amy Pascal can sleep tonight. Streep has a lot of good will built up. And audiences who are depending on that have found an excellent film.

Meantime, “The Intouchables” has crossed the $6 million line. It’s the odds on favorite for Best Foreign Film. And Omar Sy is going to be a player in Best Actor races. He’ll be in there with Daniel Day Lewis and a bunch of maybes like Denzel Washington and Tommy Lee Jones himself.

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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