Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Box Office Weekend Nose Dive: $127 Mil this Year, $260 Mil Last Year This Week


The box office is way, way down. Last year in weekend 29, the box office total was approximately $260 million for the top 10 movies. This weekend, for the top 10, it’s around $127 million.

No new big releases this weekend didn’t help. “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” finished at number 1 for a second week with around $36 million.

Last year, “The Conjuring” took in $61 million.

The new release this week was “The Purge: Anarchy.” Total was $28 million. Last year “Despicable Me 2” did almost $40 million.

So, it’s trouble at the OK Corral.

Some good news: Jon Favreau’s little “Chef” crossed the $26 million. John Carney’s “Begin Again” is at almost $10 million. Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” is almost at $2 million. People want to see good movies, if they can find them. It’s all about distribution.

This coming Friday brings two wide studio releases– Brett Ratner’s “Hercules” and Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman in “Lucy”– Woody Allen’s excellent “Magic in the Moonlight” in limited release.

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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