Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Box Office: “Pitch Perfect 2” Turns “Mad Max Fury Road” into Apocalypse with Stunning Victory


Critics loved “Max Max: Fury Road.” It has a 98% on Rotten Tomatoes. Warner Bros. did a great marketing job with it. But fans didn’t pour into theaters last night to see it. Even putting Charlize Theron into the starring role and pitching the new Max as a more women-friendly action movie didn’t help. Last night’s take suggests a middling $40 million plus weekend. I’m surprised. Maybe they should have had a New York premiere.

Meantime, our old pal Elizabeth Banks has directed a huge hit. “Pitch Perfect 2” will finish the weekend in the 60 millions. Wow. Huge. Banks got a lot of good notices although the movie had a 67% from critics. Universal scored big time here. Elizabeth, gorgeous and smart, gets a whole second career. Brava!

Also happy to see “I’ll See You in My Dreams” with Blythe Danner and Sam Elliot scored a 88% on Rotten Tomatoes. Opened this weekend in New York and L.A., should expand to other citiies, wonderful gem of a film. See it!

Roger Friedman
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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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