Sunday, June 16, 2024

Xmas Weekend Box Office: “Hustle” Beats “Wolf,” “Smaug” $30 Mil Behind “Journey”


The Christmas box office race: winner was “The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug,” which has a tidy $190 million in the bank domestically. It’s nothing to sneeze at. But “Smaug” is running around $30 mil behind the first Hobbit movie, “An Unexpected Journey.” The Smaug may be too thick, or there are just a lot choices out there.

Meantime, “American Hustle” beat “The Wolf of Wall Street”– narrowly, yes. And “Wolf” is limited in its earning power by its length. There are fewer showtimes during the course of a day. Both movies are headed to the Oscars.

“August: Osage County” had a strong debut in very limited release. Another Oscar and possible SAG winner (the Golden Globes people didn’t understand it), “AOC” expands next month.

Keanu Reeves’ “47 Ronin” is dead at the box office. The Universal feature took in $20 million over the weekend. That’s one-tenth of of what it cost. Keanu will now try for “Bill and Ted’s Digital Adventure” or something like that.

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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