Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Bieber Film Grosses Much Lower Than Expected: What Does it Mean?

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The final weekend grosses for the Justin Bieber movie “Believe” were much lower than what I reported earlier. “Believe” didn’t even make $4.3 mil– he landed at $4.27 million. The Sunday box office projection was just 540,000. That’s pretty dreadful.

Manager Scooter Braun tweeted a message from a beach vacation to which he’s retreated while Bieber’s career takes a sharp turn downward. His other big client from last year, singer Carly Rae Jepsen of “Call Me Maybe” fame, is going into a 12 week stint in Broadway’s “Cinderella.” Jepsen couldn’t re-create her number 1 hit. So she’s doing what most pop retirees do– heading to a Broadway run asĀ  fill-in. Debbie Gibson used to do this. At least Jepsen isn’t going into “Chicago.” She may run into Justin Guarini on W. 44th St.

Bieber may heading to “Pippin” or — hmmm– maybe he’ll go into “Chicago” as Roxie Hart. “Believe” has really turned into a turkey. If only $540,000 worth of kids saw his movie on a Sunday, the easiest of all days for parents to take kids to the flicks, what’s left? Not much.

Now we wait for the actual numbers on Bieber’s “Journals” album. It could be the bloom is off the rose, very suddenly. God help all of today’s teen pop stars if the kids actually saw the Shirley MacLaine number on the Kennedy Center honors show. All the performers were singing live. On key. Sutton Foster especially. Can you imagine? “Mommy, what are they doing? Why do they sound so good? Don’t they have AutoTune and special mics?”

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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