Friday, April 19, 2024

Katie Holmes’ Bi-Polar Movie Has Made Almost No Money in 17 Days’ Release


It’s not fair to call “Touched with Fire” Katie Holmes’s movie. But she was signed to give Paul Dalio’s movie a marquee name. Katie could not have known what was coming. Roadside Attractions released the former “Mania Days” some 17 days ago. And its total take at the box office: $138,845. The movie had a decent but not great 68% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Dalio enlisted Spike Lee as executive producer, but even that didn’t help. Nice reviews handled the movie with care. But Roadside– er, Roadkill– is famous for suffocating its movies until they’re dead. This was no exception.

Who loses all the money spent on this? Luckily, Paul Dalio is the son of Ray Dalio, who runs Bridgewater Associates, a monster hedge fund in Connecticut. Actually, Bridgewater may be the biggest hedge fund in the world. Ray Dalio is said to be worth $15 billion. So five-or-ten million for an art film is a minor annoyance.

Roadkill’s next movie is Sally Field in the much liked “Hello My Name is Doris.” Michael Showalter directed it. I advise everyone involve to get their own publicists and do their own marketing. Or they, too, like “Touched with Fire,” will be heading to Netflix, VOD, and video kiosks in a Publix market.

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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