Saturday, April 13, 2024

Box Office: Tom Hanks Goes 1 for 3 in 2016 as “Sully” Scores, “Inferno” and “Hologram” Wipe Out


Tom Hanks swung for the fences in 2016 and came back with one home run, a miserable strike out and a long fly ball. They would be “Sully,” “A Hologram for the King,” and “Inferno.”

The latter made $15 million in its opening weekend, if that (the real count may be lower tomorrow). If “Inferno” hadn’t been released internationally before its US debut, it might have counted as a strike out too. But that worldwide audience saved it with over $130 million in early receipts.

“Inferno” was beaten at the box office by “Boo! A Madea Halloween,” which has triumphed over Toms Hanks and Cruise. Cruise’s “Jack Reacher” meanwhile has taken a beating, with a scant $39 million in the till so far. “Never go back” has proven to be a prescient subtitle.

Hanks was so good as Sully Sullenberger just six weeks ago that there was talk of an Oscar nomination. I still think that’s possible. He’d be wise to let “Inferno” burn out quickly and turn to a “Sully” campaign.

Meanwhile, the other sort of big loser seems to be “The Magnificent Seven” remake. The Antoine Fuqua-Denzel Washington ensemble has stalled at $90 million for the U.S. and a paltry $60 million abroad. With a cost of $100 million, “M7” is a drag. I don’t think sequels will be forthcoming. Too bad. The guys did a very good job.

As for Hanks, the way he’s choosing projects might be up for reconsideration. “Hologram” was a weird one. His upcoming “The Circle” looks even stranger. “Toy Story 4” is a long way off in 2019. We need Tom back in something light and smart, if there is such a thing or a person who can still do that with Nora Ephron gone.

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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