Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Box Office: “Independence Day Resurgence” Worse Than Predicted at $41.6 Mil


Box office: “Independence Day: Resurgence” did less well than predicted over the weekend. The number looks like it’s $41.6 million. Fox was hoping for at least $43 million. The settled number may be even lower when the figures come in on Monday. The movie cost $200 million. Everyone involved is praying the Chinese like it anyway!

Just to give some idea of how the sequel really crashed: twenty years ago the original film had a five day opening weekend over July 4th weekend. But just the Friday- Sunday part came to $241 million. In 2016 dollars, that’s $371,351,954.39.

So that’s a frightening statistic. Fox will be fine, with Stacey Snider taking over and a bunch of good looking films including Warren Beatty’s “Rules Don’t Apply” and Jon Hamm in “Keeping Up with the Joneses.” Plus, Fox Searchlight has a potential Oscar winner with “The Birth of A Nation” this fall.

As for “IDR,” failure doesn’t preclude Roland Emmerich from making more potential blockbuster losers. His next one is called “Moonscape,” for Universal, plus he has an “ID” 3 on his mind, a movie version of “Stargate,” and so on. The man who made the ridiculous “2012” and “The Day After Tomorrow” will just keep going, no matter what. Nothing succeeds like excess!

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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