Friday, June 21, 2024

Box Office: Ryan Reynolds’ Non Movie Doesn’t Show Much “Life” with Weak Friday Opening


“Life,” a movie I can’t imagine anyone enjoying, had a rotten opening last night– it finished 3rd with $4.4 million. Sony-Columbia Pictures says the budget was $58 million. But the special effects seem like they’d make it more expensive. (It’s not nearly as good as the 1999 Eddie Murphy-Martin Lawrence movie called “Life.”)

This is a strange and unpleasant horror film–not at all a great space movie. Plus, Ryan Reynolds — hot off “Deadpool”– is only in it a short time, and just as audience bait. The stars are Jake Gyllenhaal and Rebecca Ferguson, who look like they’d rather be somewhere else.

“Life” is almost like a parody of itself. They’ve got three throwaway characters– a foreign woman, a black guy and a Japanese guy– who are just there to be killed quickly. Reynolds is used like a prop, frankly.

The other new release, Warner Bros. movie version of the terrible TV series “ChiPS,” is a goner. They took in $2.6 million last night. Again, was there a groundswell of interest in remaking that show? It was garbage. And the movie goes straight to planes, trains, and VOD.

“Beauty and the Beast,” meanwhile, crossed the $500 million mark worldwide today. It’s up to $541 million and counting. That’s in eight days. One billion served will soon be going up over their logo.

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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