Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Box Office: “Snowden” Stiffs, “Masterminds” Has No Relativity, Beatles Keep Soaring


The box office is in for the weekend, and Tim Burton’s  “Miss Peregrine” is the story– the fanciful tale over-performed, taking in $28.5 million. That’s more than expected and more than Friday’s take indicated. Nice. On the flip side, “Deepwater Horizon” sunk with $20.5 million, less than the multiple of its Friday income of $7 million.

“Masterminds” was finally released by the formerly bankrupt Relativity, and it was not masterful. The total for three days is $6.6 million. It must have cost something– $40 million? We’ll wait for a DVD.

Oliver Stone’s “Snowden” has not worked out the way I thought it would. Open Road has $18 million. They might not break even. I liked this film a lot and thought it would do better. But the notion of Snowden as a hero just doesn’t play in the hinterlands. And “Citizenfour” may have soaked up the audience. On the other hand, we learned a lot. Joseph Gordon Levitt gave a great performance, too.

The one bright spot: the Beatles have made over $8 million worldwide with Ron Howard’s “Eight Days a Week” documentary. How do you like that? This was supposed to be  Hulu release. But fans wanted to see it in the theaters on big screens. Rock on!

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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