Monday, May 27, 2024

Box Office: “Fantastic Beasts” Heads to $80 Mil Weekend, “Jack Reacher” Won’t Reach $60 Mil


Friday box office: “Fantastic Beasts” did almost $30 million last night. The David Yates- JK Rowling spectacle is heading to a $75-$80 mil weekend. They’ve got another $53 mil overseas. Today– Saturday– could surprise everyone as kids could pump up the receipts even more.

Elsewhere things are not so great. Tom Cruise’s “Jack Reacher 2” made just $276,000 last night after a month in release. The sequel to “Jack Reacher” is now at $56 million. A $60 million total seems unlikely. This will be Cruise’s lowest US total for a film since “Lions for Lambs” ($15 mil, 2007), “Rock of Ages” ($38 mil, 2012) or — for a film in which he is the star–“Eyes Wide Shut” ($55 mil, 1999). “Never Go Back” has not had much luck abroad, either.

The other Tom, Tom Hanks, also has a disaster in “Inferno”– just $32 million US. At least they made over $171 million internationally. So Sony has $200 million in the bank all told. Complete disaster averted. Now Sony has to deal with “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” which has made $12 mil in China, but doesn’t look promising here. I wonder why the Chinese are interested in this very American movie? It must be the technology aspect of it– filmed in 3D, 4K, whatever. Good marketing in China if so.


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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