Saturday, April 20, 2024

Box Office UPDATE: No Light Between Oceans, Obama Love Story Over, ‘War’ is Hell, “Hell” Hits High Water Mark


The weekend box office is a tragedy, not a comedy. Not even a dramedy.

The number 1 film is “Don’t Breathe,” a horror film that’s scrounged up some needed dough for Sony via ScreenGems. That’s the good news. The only other bright spot is that “Hell or High Water” is doing very well, and people actually seem to like it.

There was no “Light Between Oceans,” just darkness. Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander took hom $4,894,000 million. Maybe if the movie had been The Light Between Frank Oceans, there could have been a soundtrack with no melodies, just whales and babies crying.

You might ask, What ever happened to War Dogs? Miles Teller and Jonah Hill’s gun running movie has made $35 million. It made $4.7 million this weekend. so it could get to $50 million maybe, if Warner Bros. leaves it in theaters a long time. But that’s doubtful.

Completely over: “Southside with You” is dead. The first weekend was good, but that was it. Peculiar release, anyway. Should have been a Lifetime movie. “Hands of Stone” has turned to lead. “Morgan” at Fox was largely unseen.

Everyone’s watching “Stranger Things” and “The Night Of.” That’s all I know. They’re on TV, or the computer.

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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