Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Box Office: Big Budget Google Movie “The Internship” Trounced by Low Budget $3Mil Horror Thriller


The movie going audience didn’t want to see “Wedding Crashers II” set on the Google campus. Last night’s box office shows that “The Internship” with Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson is a huge misfire. The poorly reviewed comedy finished second, taking in $6.5 million. The two big stars weren’t a draw. Neither was the premise of two older guys working at Google.

Even though the movie was shot on the Google campus, people weren’t as interested as you might have thought. And there was the topical news hook of government internet spying this week. Still, it didn’t work. Maybe they shouldn’t have cut Eric Schmidt’s cameo.

The big news is that the #1 movie last night was a horror thriller from Universal called “The Purge.” It is not about vomiting or extreme dieting.

The director, James DeMonaco, has only one other movie credit and some TV credits. Ethan Hawke and Lena Heady star. “The Purge” caused an urge and took in over $16.7 million last night. And get this: it only cost between $3 and $5 million to make! Among the producers is our old pal Jason Blum, who also makes the “Paranormal Activity” films. He knows how to make these very low budget, high grossing phenoms. “The Purge” has also made well over $2 million in the United Kingdom.

Falling to sixth place last night was “After Earth.” But heading toward the $200 mil mark domestically is the fun and well made “Star Trek: Into Darkness.”

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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