Thursday, May 23, 2024

Sony May Reverse Good News of “Spider Man,” “Baby Driver” with Potential “Dark Tower” Disaster


Sony’s had a good summer up til now. “Spider Man: Homecoming” and “Baby Driver” have been box office hits and critical hits as well.

But now comes “The Dark Tower” with Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba. Sony says the budget was $66 million, which seems pretty low.

Even lower than that budget number is the one on Rotten Tomatoes–a 20 as of night now. And that’s optimistic considering that some of the negative reviews still got a couple of “fresh” tomatoes.

Overall, “Dark Tower”– two years in the making — sounds like it’s pretty bad. A Monday night premiere was closed to press, which always means one thing: Yikes! (If only studios understood that we get it right away.)

Sony insiders insist “Dark Tower” was made on the cheap, and that they hope for a $20-$25 million opening weekend. Add that to foreign ticket sales to those lovely international audiences that don’t understand or care what’s going on. We’ll see how that works out.

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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