Wednesday, April 17, 2024

No Fireworks for Melissa McCarthy’s “Tammy” While “Transformers” Keeps Stomping


Friday’s box office proves that the only Fourth of July fireworks were in the sky, not theaters. Melissa McCarthy’s poorly reviewed “Tammy” did about $6.5 million, bringing its three day total to $18.1 million. It’s not bad considering the movie wasn’t particularly expensive at $20-$30 million. But it’s a disappointment considering McCarthy’s TV audience and recent movie appearances should have generated more heat.

“Transformers” just keeps rolling along at number 1. Paramount has made around $420 million worldwide so far. They’ll easily hit the half billion dollar mark. I keep thinking of Mary Hartman stumbling on a Nielsen “family” in a mental hospital. Who else could be going to see this thing?

Meantime, everyone says to me, “There are no movies to see.” There are: “Begin Again” and “Chef” are jus two. And don’t miss “Jersey Boys” if you’re an adult. You will love 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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