Thursday, April 25, 2024

Box Office: “Hugo,” “The Artist” Prove Smart Audience Exists


Just when you thought the world had gone to hell, there are flickers of hope: “The Artist,” “Hugo,” and “My Week with Marilyn”– movies in which no vampires appear–did great over the weekend. Michel Hazanavicius’s “The Artist,” which just won Best Picture and Director from the New York Film Critics–is in very limited release and a total hit. It sold out on every one of its six screens, and took in a daily average of $12,000 per screen. “My Week with Marilyn,” directed by Simon Curtis, was a hot ticket as well. People are clamoring to see Michelle Williams in her raved about performance. The movie is playing on just 244 screens and has made a total of $3.8 million through today. This is just the beginning for both of these, as well as Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo” in 3D. Scorsese must be at the jaw drop stage. “Hugo” will finish the weekend with a total of $25 million. It’s only on 1,800 screens, and is number three at the box office following “Twilight: Everyone Pouts, Part 6” and “The Muppets.”

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.

Read more

In Other News