Tuesday, June 18, 2024

James Bond “Spectre” Opens Slightly Behind “Skyfall”: The Difference Is Adele

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What’s the difference between “Spectre” and “Skyfall”? In a word: Adele. “Spectre” opened Friday night with $28 million at the US Boxoffice. When “Skyfall” opened, the number was $30 mil.

The main difference? Ramping up to “Skyfall,” Adele had a hit record with the title song. It was number 1 and then some. This time, Sam Smith’s dreary song was long gone from any chart or radio station by the time “Spectre” got to theatres.

The irony, of course, is that Adele has the number 1 single — and then some — with “Hello.” She’s commanding the top spot, fending off all comers including many same sounding Justin Bieber singles and various others. But Smith isn’t even a competitor.

“Writing’s on the Wall” is so awful, I wonder if others are napping while it plays in the movie. I completely zoned out at that point. It sets the stage for nothing, so that when “Spectre” begins, there’s an abrupt change of pace. “Spectre” needed a “Live and Let Die” type song for the opening helicopter sequence. Instead they got “Goodnight Irene.” Smith didn’t even bother to use the word “Spectre” in the lyrics, once. LOL!

Elsewhere at the box office last night. “The Peanuts Movie” is a big hit with $12 million. Written by Charles Schulz’s sons, the movie marks the welcome return of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus et al.

PS Here’s what I would do: when the titles start on “Spectre” just hum this song to yourself. You’ll like the movie more:

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
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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