Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Weekend Box Office Looks Perilous as This Week’s Releases “San Andreas,” “Aloha” Are Critical Busts


It’s not looking good at the box office this weekend. The two new releases, “San Andreas” and “Aloha,” are busts with critics.

Cameron Crowe’s “Aloha” registered an average 10% among all critics. And that was during a good hour. Already castigated in emails at its own studio, Sony, “Aloha” is going to post an alarming low number tomorrow morning for its opening night. Apparently it’s incomprehensible. The whole thing will be a huge write down for Sony, but they expected that. Former studio chief Amy Pascal lost her job over it.

Then there’s “San Andreas,” a disaster movie that’s said to be incredibly dull. The critics rating is 50%, but at times “San Andreas” was down around 37%. The odds are it will open at number 1 this weekend because there’s nothing else, and then be gone by mid week.

One big problem is that last weekend’s new release, “Tomorrowland,” has already done just that. On Wednesday “Tomorrowland” finished third behind hold overs “Mad Max” and “Pitch Perfect 2.” This has been a sorry time in Hollywood as 7 out of the top 10 movies are remakes, sequels, or reboots of old material. The big hope right now is on June 12th, for the fourth “Jurassic Park” in 22 years.

Looking for originality? Try HBO, Netflix or Amazon.

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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