Friday, April 19, 2024

“Wall Street 2”: Money Sleeps at the Box Office for $7Mil Friday


“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

“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.

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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