Monday, June 17, 2024

Box Office: “Deadpool” Scores Gigantic $47.5 Mil Friday Opening, “Zoolander 2” Crashes


Friday box office: “Deadpool” soared and scored $47.5 million on Friday night. Ryan Reynolds at last has his hit movie. They’re headed to a $125 million four day weekend. Let’s see if this helps Fox stock.

“Zoolander 2” is a total disaster with $4.2 million on Friday night. Why was this movie made? The first “Zoolander” was not a hit, and had bad reviews. So let’s make a sequel. “Zoolander” was a great sketch that should never have been expanded into something larger.

And then there was the whole hubris of Anna Wintour, Vogue, and Conde Nast being involved, as well as the designers and models “Zoolander” was supposed to lampoon. It serves Vogue right to be stuck with a stinker on its cover. How ridiculous. To see Anna Wintour in this movie, mugging around, and then to see her hosting the after party for the premiere, yikes. Well, talk about instant karma.

I am really happy that Joel and Ethan Coen’s “Hail Caesar!” is doing business after the crazy reviews. Go see this movie! It’s a lovely satire with terrific performances, snappy dialogue, and great production design. Josh Brolin and Scarlett Johansson are superb. George Clooney is under-rated and very funny. I loved Alison Pill as the clueless Fifties mom. This movie’s legacy will improve with time.

Also to be seen in this cold weather: Michael Moore’s “Where to Invade Next.” Not to be missed.


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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