Saturday, April 20, 2024

Box Office: Bieber Busts Believers, Frozen Nears $300 Million


Despite bad weather, a lot of people went to see “Frozen” even though it was freezing outside. The Disney blockbuster nears $300 million domestic take now. All memories of “The Lone Ranger” are — hi ho!– way in the distance.

Justin Bieber’s “Believe” remains a bust without believers. Through Sunday the infomercial has not cleared $6 million. The estimated take for today, Sunday, was $138,000, or the price of one of those cars Bieber smashes up in his driveway.

The big news is that “Philomena” is about to cross the $20 million mark. The Stephen Frears directed dramedy is a phenomenon. Everyone loves this movie. Judi Dench still hasn’t done much publicity since she’s been in the UK. But she’s coming to the US next weekend. She will be amused how much people want to see and talk to her.

Three other potential Oscar nominees are all in the top 10 and doing well– “American Hustle,” “Wolf of Wall Street,” and “Saving Mr. Banks.” “Inside Llewyn Davis” is finally taking off. “August: Osage County” is doing great in limited release.

The big big duds: “47 Ronin”– cost $200 mil or more, only $32 mil in the bank. And “Enders Game” which must be pretty bad because even the foreign market couldn’t save it.

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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