Sunday, May 26, 2024

“Bieber” Movie Falters, Beaten in Same Number of Theatres by “Mandela”


Further proof there is a God: in a similar number of theaters, Justin Bieber’s “Believe” movie was beaten handily by the Oscar buzzed “Mandela:Long Walk to Freedom.” The two movies can be compared because “Believe” was shown in 1,037 theatres. Mandela’s total was 975.

“Mandela” was number 13 at the Christmas Day box office. “Believe” was number 14. The former title earned $1,252,131. The latter took in $1,250,000.

That’s not a huge difference. But remember “Mandela” is playing at 62 fewer theaters. Once again Madiba triumphs!

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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