Thursday, April 18, 2024

Box Office: “Nice Guys” Finish Last as Crowe-Gosling Are Swamped by “Angry Birds,” “Neighbors 2”


“Nice Guys” finish last. Warner Bros. sorta kinda brought the Russell Crowe- Ryan Gosling 70s buddy movie to Cannes. Then they sorta kinda had nothing to do with it. Now they face the consequences. “Nice Guys” made $3.9 million last night and will go under $12 million for the weekend. (Wait for Tuesday revisions, not Sunday claims.)

The whole time I was in Cannes no one said a word about the movie or how to publicize it. If I hadn’t run into Russell Crowe at the Vanity Fair party, I wouldn’t even have known he was in town. So much for that.

The winners for Friday night and the weekend are “Angry Birds” (number 1 last night with $11 mil) and “Neighbors 2.” Little money was spent on the latter. No one came to Cannes. The total for the weekend is a projected $25 million, or more than twice as “Nice.” It’s also half of the first “Neighbors,” but the Seth Rogen-Zac Efron comedies don’t look too expensive. There will definitely be a third one, and no one will remember any of them.

“Angry Birds” had a pre-Cannes lift off, a splashy promotion that I wrote about on the day before the festival started with Josh Gad and Omar Sy. Sony benefited from the built in audience from the app game.

Waiting for “Money Monster” numbers. They’ve made $20 million through Thursday. So one week, and they’ve got enough to pay George Clooney and maybe Julia Roberts. Jodie Foster didn’t come for free. And then there’s everything else. They may be calling it “Money Pit” by the end of the month.

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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