Wednesday, April 17, 2024

“Winter’s Tale” Is A Sad One: $100 Mil Movie Takes in $11Mil Through this Weekend


The sad story of “Winter’s Tale” gets worse this weekend. Last night (Saturday) Akiva Goldsman’s Village Roadshow-financed feature did a meager $670K at the US box office. With a $1.5 million total this weekend, “Winter’s Tale” will just about cross the $10 million line by Sunday night. The official budget is listed at $60 million, but that isn’t likely. Since we already know what the producers spent just in New York (thanks to that press release we talked about last week), the number has to be more between $100 mil-$125 million minimum.

Sometimes foreign box office will outweigh the domestic and save the day. But “Winter’s Tale” is not attracting crowds in places where often plot doesn’t matter. It turns out that people in foreign countries can’t follow it either, or just aren’t interested. So far “Winter’s Tale” has been a hit only in Italy, where it’s made over a million bucks. Why Italy? Who knows?

Meantime “The LEGO Movie” continues at number 1, also from Warner Bros. And “Monuments Men” is doing better than expected for Sony, even if it’s not the massive hit it might have been.

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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