Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Box Office: “Straight Outta Compton” with $26 Mil Wins Weekend, Repeat Customers


A lot of people are hip hopping to “Straight outta Compton” on repeat visits. F. Gary Gray’s hit made $26 million over the weekend, and crossed the $100 million mark. While the albums connected to it aren’t doing so well, the movie obviously makes a connection. Just anecdotally I’ve heard about people making return visits in droves. They want to see it again. If you’ve heard those stories, please add them into our comments.

Meanwhile, dead dead dead is “American Ultra.” And no one knows what that Pierce Brosnan movie did. So LionsGate has a problem with films that aren’t “Twilight” or “The Hunger Games.” And Kristen Stewart has a problem when she’s not running with vampires.

“The Man from UNCLE” is also a bust. “Hitman: Agent 47” also assassinated its audience.

On the other hand, audiences went to “Grandma” and “Learning to Drive” in big numbers. Keep going. These films are worth it, and will hold on through awards season.

Re Pierce Brosnan, who’s an excellent actor and a fine fellow. He’s appeared six movies in the last two years. The total box office is less than $75 million. He needs a great new agent, manager, and plan. He’d be a rock star in this new TV not on TV world, like Kevin Spacey, with the right show.

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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