Sunday, July 21, 2024

Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie Tourist Won’t Make $20 Mil First Weekend


“The Tourist”–roundly dissed by reviewers and hidden from the press right until the last possible minute–is a bust.

The Angelina Jolie-Johnny Depp star vehicle will likely take in less than $18 million for its first weekend. The numbers from from

The Friday take was $6.1 million. Expect a little more from Saturday night and a lot less on Sunday.

Sony/Columbia made the decision to hide the film, obviously knowing it had a turkey. They didn’t show it to reviewers until Wednesday, giving everyone little time to put together clever bon mots. And the press was locked out of the New York premiere, as well, triggering a lot of articles. Not inviting the press to a premiere is like painting a giant target on a film. It’s always better just to invite everyone and make the best of it.

“The Tourist” cost at least $100 million, counting a press junket for easily persuaded in Paris. But Sony won’t get hurt too badly. It’s Graham King‘s GK Films that will take a hit, although sources says it’s probably pre sold internationally enough to cushion the blow.

Movies like “The Tourist” and “Knight and Day” play best overseas in foreign countries where language and coherence don’t make much of a difference. They’re happy enough to see Hollywood stars parade around against beautiful backdrops. And “The Tourist” may be a huge hit internationally, raking in three times as much as it does in the U.S.

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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