Monday, June 17, 2024

Box Office: “Baywatch” is a Wipe Out, “Pirates” May Still Have Some Swashbuckle


The Weds-Thursday box office is in. “Baywatch” is a wipe out. Paramount’s taken in $4.5 million over the two nights. The future is dim, to say the least. Projections are for more maybe $20 million over the four day holiday weekend. After Warner’s mess with “CHiPS,” maybe it’s time not to make keep remaking these TV shows. They weren’t good in the first place, they aren’t good now.

“Pirates of the Caribbean” is panned everywhere. But the box office may not be a total disaster, just a “disappointment.” Starting with $5.5 million Thursday night, and $34 million international, there’s some hope for the moment. The film is literally coasting on brand name recognition and “nothing else out there.” If your choice is between nitwit lifeguards, and some good sword play, what’s the answer? Plus you’re looking for Paul McCartney.

Yes, that’s right. 50 years after the release of the greatest rock album ever made, you’re looking for its creator in a Pirates movie. Of course, 240 years after the United States declared independence, a crazy person is president. So all bets are off!

Some good news: the word on “Wonder Woman” is very good. What a relief. More on that later…

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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