Saturday, April 13, 2024

Box Office: No Boost for Oscar Players Except (Sorta) “Spotlight” plus, “Zoolander 2” FInal Sale


Friday’s box office carried a few messages.

First, “Zoolander 2” says goodbye, losing $80 million. This is the last weekend anyone will be able to see “Z2” on a big screen, and most people will continue to ignore it. The Ben Stiller – Owen Wilson comedy will finish its run with less than $30 million domestic, and around $50 mill worldwide. The write down at Viacom will make headlines.

Zecond, The Oscars didn’t give a boost to any nominee except maybe Best Picture “Spotlight.” Open Road upped its theatres for a week, and the increase helped a little bit at the box office. But not much. “Spotlight” will fall into the future headlines of Oscar movies like “The Hurt Locker” that were small earners.

But the Oscars didn’t help “The Revenant” at all. Neither did Leonardo DiCaprio’s Oscar. They did less well this weekend than last. Some days you eat the bear, some days the bear eats you.

Disney’s “Zootopia” is an another huge hit for the Maus Haus.

“London Has Fallen” but so has Focus Features.

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.

Read more

In Other News