Monday, April 22, 2024

Box Office: Disney’s “Moana” Opens BIG, 7 Terrific Films Are Here, Brad Pitt World War II Romance “Allied” Bombs


Wednesday night’s box office is in, and Disney is back on top with the much praised “Moana.” A $15,680,000 take pre Thanksgiving indicates a possible record for the holiday weekend.

By contrast, the Brad Pitt- Marion Cotillard World War II romantic thriller “Allied” is a bomb. Despite a surprise positive review in the New York Times, “Allied” made just over $2.7 million last night. Its per screen average isn’t very good either. Oh well, this one was tough since Pitt is in the middle of his divorce scandal and couldn’t do much PR. That fell to the very pregnant Cotillard, who was a trooper on TV shows. The whole movie is a curiosity, really, a heads scratcher from the reliable Robert Zemeckis.

But not to fear– really terrific films are here. “Manchester by the Sea,” an Oscar certain drama–is in theaters. “Lion” — a must see, also Oscar bound — opens Friday with Nicole Kidman and Dev Patel. “Moonlight” is playing, as well as “Loving,” “Rules Don’t Apply,” “Arrival” and “Bleed for This.” “Nocturnal Animals” is also sensational. That’s 7 films for the weekend! Get busy, kids!

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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