Tuesday, June 25, 2024

“The Beaver” Big in France, Italy; Not So Much Here


Ward, we have to talk about “The Beaver”: the Jodie Foster film is still in a theater somewhere in America, perhaps forgotten by its distributor. It’s failed to hit the million dollar mark, and now stands at $958,319 in domestic ticket sales.  “The Beaver” does better with foreign audiences: it has done a little–not a lot–of biz abroad. It’s made just over $1 million in France and Italy. In Spain, it’s made just under $700,000. In the U.K. Mel Gibson has not impressed: only $89,000 in the last ten days according to boxofficemojo.com. The Jodie Foster directed oddity has still not been released in Australia, Mel’s “home” country (he was born in the U.S.). Maybe they’ll embrace it. Few people went to see “The Beaver” in Finland and Lebanon, although I am impressed with the latter. Ticket holders totaling $35,000 in US dollars stopped being at war long enough to see Mel Gibson with a hand puppet. That’s better than a Q rating. He’s back! Dam(n)!

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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