Saturday, June 15, 2024

Bette Midler, Billy Crystal Take Tom Cruise for a Second Day in a Row


Tom Cruise is just not having a good year. He can only hope that 2013 will be better. He was skunked by Katie Holmes and her family. His whole Scientology mishegos was exposed. And now this: for a second day in a row, Bette Midler, Billy Crystal and a bunch of children trounced him at the box office. Cruise’s “Jack Reacher” was once again beaten by “Parental Guidance,” the Midler-Crystal-Marisa Tomei family comedy. Yikes. “Reacher” did just $3.8 million. Not good. Meantime, “Les Miserables” is number 1 with $30 million in three days.

And: “Django Unchained” is booming with $25 million in the same time. “The Hobbit: An Unnecessary–whoops–Unexpected Journey” already has crossed the $500 million line with most of it coming from foreign sales. “Silver Linings Playbook” is a limited release hit as well. “Reacher” is doing the same or just a tad not as well as the comedy “This is 40.” Tom Cruise needs a romantic comedy. Tom, call Charles Shyer or Nancy Meyers, pronto. Put down your guns.

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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