Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Friday Night Box Office: James Franco Has 2 Movies in the Top 5, Beats Tina Fey

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Friday night box office: “Spring Breakers,” the witty¬† Harmony Korine sex fest starring James Franco, beat “Admissions,” the panned comedy about getting into college — and the former was in 1,000 fewer theaters. “Spring Breakers” is turning fast into a cult comedy of sorts and deservedly so.

You don’t think it works, but it does. And Franco is memorable– in a very good way. “Admissions” was panned by critics even though it stars TV darling Tina Fey and the always likeable Paul Rudd. Only Lily Tomlin was praised for her efforts. “Admissions” made just over $2.062 million last night, and will be lucky to score three times that over the weekend. It’s playing on 2,104 screens. “Spring Breakers” made $2.1 million on 1,104 screens.

Franco now has 2 movies in the top 5– the indie “SB” and the major major “Oz, the Great and Powerful.” And he did all those extra things while filming them–all those things everyone gossips about like teach and attend schools.

Each of these films, by the way, beat “Incredible Burt Wonderstone,” which took in just over a million dollars and looks to be a total write off. The Steve Carell-Jim Carrey feature has reaped $14 million. It cost the usual $100 million to make, at least, although many of the players have agreed to back end participation since the studio is only owning up to $30 million. Whatever happens, none of those people did the movie for free, and someone’s going to have to pay them.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
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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