Sunday, June 16, 2024

Box Office: “Ghostbusters” Surprises, “Independence Day” Falls Short Again, Woody Wins


The weekend box office continued to bring good news for “Ghostbusters.” Sony took in $46 million and maybe a little more once all the dimes and nickels are counted. There’s some frisson about sequels, but I’d like to see another of these. In fact, I’ll be a second one will turn out to be better. Put those ladies in some relationships. Let Annie Potts have a bigger role as their female mentor.

“Cafe Society” did very very well. Is it the Kristen Stewart factor? Whatever it is, Woody Allen’s latest could shape up nicely as a hit. I’m very pleased. We are all the winners if Woody is one!

“Independence Day: Resurgence” is a frustrating release. Fox is four weeks into this release and they’re still short of $100 million. That line will be crossed this week. But what a long strange trip it’s been. “IDR” is a really bad movie. Please, no more of these.

Warner’s “Central Intelligence” hit $117.5 million. They’ve got $180 worldwide US included. The comedy only cost $50 million. Nicely played.

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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