Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Box Office: If You Thought This Weekend Was Bad, What’s Coming This Friday Is Worse


I hate to be a killjoy (or a buzzkill). But if you thought this weekend at the box office was bad, wait til Friday. Things are about to get worse.

Friday brings only two new films to wide release, and each are dogs you wouldn’t want at Best in Show.

“San Andreas” stars The Rock and no one else, basically. It could have been called “Earthquake” or “2012” or “The Day After Tomorrow.” It’s a lot of special effects detailing the world exploding, imploding, etc. A few decent actors were thrown in to divert attention from Dwayne Johnson– Carla Gugino, Paul Giamatti, Ioan Fruffud. But basically, UK pop star Kylie Minogue is in this.

Also come Friday is Cameron Crowe’s “Aloha.” Aloha means goodbye. In the hacked Sony emails, there was plenty of discussion about this movie having no script. Now there are protests about having an all white cast in a modern movie set in Hawaii. Cameron Crowe made four of the best movies ever– Say Anything, Singles, Jerry Maguire, and Almost Famous. But the buzz on this is bad. Crowe has got to get back to making personal statements. Even with Bradley Cooper, Rachel McAdams, and Emma Stone, this may go down as a mistake.

Well, I await June 3rd and “Entourage” like it’s the second coming. And Pixar’s “Inside Out” comes June 12th. Hope springs eternal!

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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