Friday, July 12, 2024

Box Office Bonanza: “Rogue One” Kicks Off with $155 Mil US, Will Smith Worst Opening Weekend Ever


Neither rain nor sleet nor snow kept “Star Wars” fans from “Rogue One” this weekend.

US total: $155 million.

International total: $290 million.

“Rogue One” is the 12 biggest debut of all time. And the 2nd biggest December opening of all time.

Meantime, Will Smith did have his worst opening ever with $7 million. “Collateral Beauty” couldn’t even get a loan from the audience.

Doing well among Oscar faves: “La La Land,” “Manchester.” Struggling: “Lion,” “Jackie.” “Lion” needs a wider release, an ad campaign and a PR blitz. Great movie but needs support. “Jackie” — surprised that it’s not doing better.

“Moonlight” is also stalling out. I think it’s a limited audience for an excellent movie. They will still get Best Picture, and Supporting Actor and Actress noms. I pray that A24 puts some muscle into “20th Century Women” and Annette Bening. This should be her year. I love Mike Mills’ movie!

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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