Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Box Office: Travolta-DeNiro Film DOA in First Weekend


“The Killing Season,” in which John Travolta tries out a ridiculous Serbian accent, was dead on arrival this weekend at the box office. Robert DeNiro was praised for his performance, but the movie overall was panned and no one wanted to see it. In 12 theatres “Killing Season” made a total of $25,000. Compare that to “Fruitvale Station” which was in 7 theatres and made $75,000. That’s the whole story right there. “Fruitvale,” rightly so, has taken off like gangbusters. “Killing Season” will eke out another week in theaters and head to video. The other big box office story was “Pacific Rim” finishing third in its first week behind “Despicable Me” and “Grown Ups 2.” This makes “Pacific Rim” another block-bust, which is different than a blockbuster.
“Pacific Rim” will have to depend solely on international sales to put it in the black. So far in the US it’s made $38 million, while abroad it’s done $38 mil. I fear for the studios when foreigners really start to understand English and realize these movies are all the same, just explosions with bad scripts.

Roger Friedman
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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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