Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Is Zac Efron a Movie Star? “We Are Your Friends” Flops with Shocking $1.8 Mil Weekend


We’re starting to see where hype and tabloid news mean nothing at the box office. Zac Efron is a sort of male pin up, Frankie Avalon with abs. This weekend his starring vehicle “We Are Your Friends” left theaters empty at $1.8 million. That’s for the entire weekend. Efron can make paparazzi insane, and draw crowds of women in person that amount to Beatlemania. (I’ve seen it up to close.) But open a film? Nope.

Kristen Stewart is having the same problem. She starred in the “Twilight” series and became the Annette Funicello of vampire movies. The tabloids and fotogs turned her into a superstar of publicity. But “American Ultra,” her new movie with Jessie Eisenberg, is a huge dud. It’s made just $10 million over two weekends. Her “Twilight” fans did not follow her to a regular project.

“Straight Outta Compton” won the weekend, and deservedly so. A faith based movie called “War Room,” which is not the famous documentary called “The War Room,” was second. “Mission Impossible” rose to $170 million, defying all expectations. “Southpaw” has quietly risen to $50 million. “The Man from UNCLE” — just lies there like a lox.

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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