Friday, May 24, 2024

Box Office: Universal, Michael Mann Suffer a $70 Mil Disaster with “Blackhat”


Michael Mann has directed some of the great films ever, including “The Last of the Mohicans,” “Heat,” “Ali,” The Insider.” Classics But he also made the god awful film of his memorable TV show “Miami Vice.” Ouch.

You know that if a Michael Mann movie is opening in January with no Oscar run it must be very very bad. And so “Blackhat,” which they say cost $70 million but probably more, opened and died last night. In wide release it took in just $1.4 million, even with star Chris Hemsworth. Even with hacking, the movie’s subject, in the news.

Mann hasn’t had a real hit since “Collateral” in 2004. Like Warren Beatty, he hasn’t made many films, so the flops don’t outweigh the successes. But this is a write for Universal, which at least has had “Unbroken” to brag about.

Rent “Heat” tonight and see what a good movie really can be.


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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