Monday, April 15, 2024

Box Office Update: Man Cries UNCLE As Spy Film Flops; “Compton” Raps $56.1 Mil


It was a rap weekend as the story of NWA scored big time. “Straight Outta Compton” took in $56.1 mil through Sunday on estimates. It’s a big achievement, although $24 million of it came on Thursday-Friday. Universal obviously expects a slowdown today. But with very little coming in the next week, “Compton” could start picking up steam from the curious, and people who might have been scared off by all that security talk. The movie opened to calm audiences, thank goodness.

“Man from UNCLE” cried “uncle”– $13.5 million for the weekend. That’s a total blow out. Surprising for so many reasons. It won’t affect Guy Ritchie, who’s always got another “Sherlock Holmes” in him.

Elsewhere, “Ricki and the Flash” pretty much caved. I don’t know what happened to this movie. But the set up for the audience and the release date were a problem. Touted as something important, with some real press, “Ricki” might have had a chance in October. Now it’s joined Sony’s other 2015 misfires in a heap. Was it because it came from the old Sony regime? A lot of work went into the making of that film. Jonathan Demme, Meryl Streep et al deserved better.

Meantime– surprise!~- “Southpaw” is chugging along nicely at $45 million and still very much attracting audiences. Jake Gyllenhaal will get a Golden Globe nom and an Oscar campaign. Well done.


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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