Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Box Office: Audiences Equally Mildly Interested in Bridget Jones’ Baby and Edward Snowden’s Spying


It was a lackluster weekend at the box office.

“Bridget Jones’s Baby” and “Snowden” played in the same number of theaters, roughly, and did the same sorry business– around $8 million for the three days. Did we learn who the father of the baby was? Did Patrick Dempsey get the last laugh on Shonda Rhimes? Did Ed Snowden run out of hail gel in Russia? Did his girlfriend discover the mall across from Lenin’s tomb?

You’ll have to see the movies to find out.

The Beatles and Ron Howard scooped up $772, 476 for their “Eight Days a Week” doc now playing on Hulu.

Eddie Murphy in Bruce Beresford’s dreadful looking “Mr. Church” made $407,151 in 354 theaters. From the clips it looks like “Driving Miss Daisy” meets “Mr. Belvedere.” Eddie obviously takes no advice from anyone. When I saw him do his stand up comedy last year at the Kennedy Center, he was brilliant. It’s been 9000 years since he was subversive like that. Get back, Eddie, get back to where you once belonged.

Believe it or not, Shirley MacLaine and Jessica Lange are in a new movie. It’s called “Wild Oats.” TWC released it to 100 theaters and it made $187,000. I am not kidding. I never heard of it until just now.

There’s a distributor called The Orchard. They have four movies at the bottom of the top 55 this week. One of them, with Lily Rabe, got rave reviews. It made three thousand dollars. Maybe they need a marketing and publicity budget.

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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