Saturday, July 13, 2024

John Travolta Scores Lowest Ever Opening with “Gotti” $614K Friday Night


John Travolta’s “Gotti” scored just $614K last night by estimates, in just over 500 theaters. It’s his lowest opening, and means that “Gotti” will barely score $1.5 million on its opening weekend.

No one knows exactly what “Gotti” cost all in since it’s had many different structures, producers, investments and pay offs since its inception. But the latest iteration cost at least $10 million. It’s possible several million more were wasted before that.

The music budget alone is said to be over $1 million. Travolta’s participation equals far more than that, although he may be waiting for first dollar in once box office receipts are counted. Alas, he’s not going to see very much from this.

Travolta has a lot of duds and misfires in his career. His last two releases were basically straight to video, so we’re not counting them. His last real release was “Savages” in 2012, which made a total $47 million with a $16 million opening weekend. He also two non starters in 24 theatres apiece, in the 2000s, that died upon opening.

For a full release film you have to go back to 2000, to “Lucky Numbers,” to rival the “Gotti” performance.

“Gotti” has a zero on Rotten Tomatoes, 20 negative reviews, none positive. According to one report, this his third movie to sport a Zero. That’s quite an accomplishment.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
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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