Sunday, April 14, 2024

Friday Box Office: “Gravity” Is No. 1 with $17.5Mil, Heading to $50 Mil Weekend


“Gravity” was number 1 last night, bringing in $17.5 million. The Sandra Bullock-George Clooney sci fi adventure should have a very respectable $50 million weekend. The movie wasn’t that expensive to make — just $130 million all in– so it will do very well, obviously, in the long run. Foreign ticket sales should be good because there isn’t much dialogue. But with all the hype about the 3D, and a 98% on Rotten Tomatoes, you’d think it might have done a tad better. Again, it may pick up steam from word of mouth.

Otherwise, the new entry for the week is “Runner Runner” with Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake. Last night the poorly reviewed gambling movie made $2,750,000. It looks like a $7.5 mil weekend and then a short jump to DVD and Netflix. Not everything works out.

I don’t know why Ron Howard’s “Rush” isn’t doing better. People, you are missing a great movie. You should RUSH to it. It’s not just for guys, either. Give it a try this weekend. I think it will get a lot of awards action. Go, Go, Go.


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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