Monday, May 27, 2024

Brad Pitt Beaten By Simba and Friends, and Almost by A Dolphin


Brad Pitt’s efforts to get an Oscar nomination were nearly eaten by Simba the lion and his friends over the weekend. “Moneyball,” a great new movie, came in second to “The Lion King 3D.” The latter movie, a teched up redo of the 17 year old original, took in $22 million. That brings its take in this version to $60 million domestically. “The Lion King” altogether has now $402 million on its record worlwide total. Maybe this success will revive 3D and encourage studios to re-release old films in this format. (How about “The Beaver” in 3D?) Anywho, “Moneyball” did $20 million, which isn’t great but isn’t bad, either. Brad has never been one to “open” films. He’s the rare sex symbol character actor. In “Moneyball” he finally gets to be a leading man after 22 years. “Dolphin Tale” came in third, just a bottle nose behind “Moneyball.”  Meanwhile, Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris” – which should end its theatrical run soon– has taken in $107 million worldwide. What a nice story for a lovely movie and a gifted director who only had to wait until age 75 for a big hit!

A little more on “The Lion King:” the musical is still the top ticket on Broadway. It opens next in Madrid on October 20th.

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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