Thursday, May 30, 2024

Box Office: “Tomorrowland” Will Not Be Setting Any Records with a $9.7 Mil Friday


“Tomorrowland” fell short last night at the box office. Disney was hoping for a $12 million opening. All they got was $9.7 million. The four day holiday will score less than $40 million, absolutely. “Tomorrowland” word of mouth has to be terrible– it’s a bad movie.

“Tomorrowland” is no “Lone Ranger,” but it’s a bust on many levels. Luckily, Disney is booming right now with the “Avengers Ultron” followed by “Inside Out” from Pixar. No one’s going to lose sleep over this. But it’s a blow because the movie from Brad Bird, the celebrated filmmaker behind “”The Incredibles,” “Iron Giant” and even “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.”

Everything about “Tomorrowland” is sort of wrong. George Clooney looks terrible, first of all. Then, he’s saddled wuth two scene partners who are — at least in the movie– children. (Britt Robertson is 25 but looks and acts 16 in this movie.) There’s a lot of talk– so much talk– and nothing happens. A lot of the movie is hard to understand. Physical production is good, however. I particularly liked the re-creation of the 1964 World’s Fair. Really, in the end, I think kids will wonder what this was all about. I certainly did.

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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