Saturday, June 15, 2024

Box Office: “Beauty and the Beast” $700 Mil Worldwide, “CHiPS” $7.6 Mil Disaster


Tomorrow Monday, around the world, Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” will cross the $700 million. It’s been open for two weeks. As of today, Sunday, the live action musical version of the company’s animated film and Broadway show stands at $690 million. They are hard charging toward $1 billion. Quite a phenom. This weekend in the US, “B&B” made $88 million– a second weekend, no less.

On the other hand, Warner Bros. “CHiPS” adaptation is a disaster. They made $7.6 million over the weekend. The studio says “CHiPS” cost $25 million. Let’s say it cost $35 million all in. It doesn’t matter. They also say $1.9 million was made somewhere abroad. Probably in a country where English wasn’t necessary.

The lesson is that they shouldn’t have made “CHiPS.” It was a waste of money. But the damage is done.

There’s a weird relationship now between Disney, which is riding high, and Warner Bros., which is scrambling. Alan Horn left WB to run Disney. There was some perception that he wasn’t doing a good job at WB. But now he’s succeeding like crazy. He’s got Disney comprising the animation studio, the “Pirates” people, Marvel and LucasFilms. With the right resources, Horn has fashioned a powerhouse.

Warner Bros.’ DC Comics films are viewed as inferior to Marvel’s Avengers, et al. Fans loathed “Batman vs. Superman” and didn’t much like “Suicide Squad.” Now Warner’s has debuted a trailer for “Justice League” that shows some of the characters except Superman. “Justice League” looks dark and grim from this trailer.

When I was watching it I was thinking, Why do all the DC Comics films seem like work? While Marvel films look like fun? When I was a kid, DC Comics were bright and colorful. Marvel was the plodding, philosophical comic.  In the movies, they reversed roles. Batman always seems like he’s going to give you a lecture, whereas Iron Man is coming with a quip. Imagine if Robert Downey Jr had played Bruce Wayne. The orphaned millionaire would have had a much better time.

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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