Friday, June 21, 2024

Tarantino’s Three Hour “Hateful Eight” — in Fewer Theaters– Outplays “Sisters,” “Joy,” “Concussion,” “Good Dinosaur”


Quentin Tarantino and Harvey Weinstein win again. They expanded “The Hateful Eight”– the two hour, forty seven minute version without an intermission or overture– and scooped up $3.5 million on Wednesday night.

Tarantino’s blazingly colorful talky bloodbath made more money in Wednesday night than Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, Will Smith and a football, and animated dinosaurs.

Those movies– “Joy,” “Sisters,” “Concussion,” and “The Good Dinosaur”– were each playing in more theaters.

“The Hateful Eight” finished fourth last night, with a total now of $10.2 million.

You can’t ever bet against these people. You will lose.

Weinstein moved “H8” up a week to pounce on Fox’s “The Revenant”– also bloody, not so talky. After 6 days in limited release (four theaters) Leo and the bear have earned $800,384. Their real test is yet to come but those numbers bode well.

“Joy,” which could have gone either way, has already made $25 million in 6 days. Great news.

And “Star Wars” will cross $700 million domestic by Sunday.

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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