Thursday, May 30, 2024

Mission Impossible 4 Rakes It In, with “Batman” as Value Added


“Mission: Impossible 4” or “Ghost Protocol,” took in a staggering $13.6 million weekend–and it’s only on 425 screens. The Brad Bird directed blockbuster is set to open wide on Wednesday in over 3500 locations, but it’s literally making a killing before that. Fans of Warner Bros.’s “Batman” series are claiming that the “MI” numbers were inflated because the trailer for next summer’s  “Dark Knight” film preceded “MI” in IMAX theaters. But that’s quibbling–and “Dark Knight” fans could only have enjoyed “Ghost Protocol” anyway.

Meanwhile, the second “Sherlock Holmes” film with Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law is number this week in its debut. “Game of Shadows” made $14 mil on Friday night and was projected for a $40 weekend. Of course the first “Sherlock Holmes” movie did about $24 million on its opening day in 2009. But that was Christmas Day. If this film does 55% of the earlier one’s business, that’s pretty much ok for a sequel. It does suggest maybe that a third “Sherlock” isn’t a vital goal.

As for Oscar contenders: “The Artist,” “Hugo,” “My Week with Marilyn,” and “The Descendants” all continue to do very well. “Shame” is doing a little less well despite all its depravity, debauchery and full front nudity. Come on people! What’s wrong with you? “Shame” faces an uphill battle with its NC 17 rating and not much advertising as a consequence. Too bad there wasn’t an IMAX version.

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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