Thursday, June 13, 2024

Box Office: “Huntsman” Bagged as World Waits for Beyonce, Jon Snow to Liven Things Up


Even with Oscar winner Charlize Theron and a strong cast– Jessica Chastain, Emily Blunt, a Hemsworth– “The Huntsman” is pretty much DOA. The high number prediction after Friday night is $20 million. It’s already made $43 million abroad and that number looked fairly finite. With a $115 million budget, “Winter’s War” (the subtitle) really needed someone to play Snow White again. This fairy tale is over.

The box office is rather dreary this weekend. “Criminal” is also a bust. Tom Hanks in “A Hologram for the King” opened to apathy with less than $1 million for the weekend in limited release. The other limited releases– “Elvis and Nixon,” and “Sing Street”– better reviewed, not much action. (I wish “Sing Street” would magically take off.)

Basically, everyone’s waiting for HBO to give us two big headlines. Tonight it’s Beyonce’s Lemonade stand at 9pm. Is this an album? A teaser for her tour? No one seems to know exactly. Plus, her team didn’t deliver the finished special until the last minute.

Then Sunday it’s all about Jon Snow on “Game of Thrones.” Is he alive? (Somehow, yeah.) Kit Harington– did he join Dan Stevens and Jessica Brown Findlay in the Oh-my-god-what-have-I-done department? (Hope not.) My guess is we’ll need a plow for all the Snow coming our way. Monday’s NY Post headline– “Snow Job.”

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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