Saturday, April 20, 2024

Football, Movies, Box Office: No “Silver Lining” for the Eagles, Just for the Movie


It must have been a hard afternoon for Pat Solitano and his friends. The Philadelphia Eagles lost to the New York Giants, 42-7.  It would be a crushing defeat if not for the fact that Pat is the fictitious OCD dad played by Robert DeNiro so brilliantly in “Silver Linings Playbook.” He’s completely obsessed with the Eagles. If only they could have reciprocated this season.

At least the movie did great over the weekend, with $27 million in its till even though it’s still in limited release. Eli Manning scored five touchdowns for the Giants, which would have sent the Solitanos into a tailspin. That hurts! Hopefully “Silver Linings Playbook” will be more of a winner than the Eagles.

Meantime:  “The Hobbit” ruled the box office all weekend. But it Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained” that really had a silver lining, taking in $64 million since Christmas Day. “Les Miserables” is a little ahead of it and a little behind it at the same time with an overall total of $67.4 million. Bette Midler and Billy Crystal did ultimately triumph over Tom Cruise, with “Parental Guidance” finishing $800,000 ahead of “Jack Reacher” for the weekend.

Not to bury the lede, but “Skyfall” has just crossed the $1 billion line around the world. That’s yes, one billion dollars. My guess is they can bring back Judi Dench someway for the next one. Hologram? Ghost?

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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