Monday, April 22, 2024

Weekend Box Office Bombs for Gerard Butler, Michael Fassbender, Josh Brolin


More bombs at the box office this weekend than in World War II at Normandy:

“Geostorm” with Gerard Butler failed to clear $14 million in wide release with $13.3 million. This thing cost around $150 million.

Sony’s “Only the Brave” with a lot of fine actors includung Josh Brolin made $6.1 million. It cost $40 million, give or take.

“The Snowman” melted with just $3.42 million. Cost: $35-$40 million.

So interesting that “Wonder Woman” was such a hit this summer, yet no one cares about Wonder Woman’s origins. “Professor Marston and the Wonder Women” is dead on arrival. So is Andy Serkis’s “Breathe” (which should have been strangled).

Meanwhile, “Marshall” fell by 50% from last week. “Mark Felt” is not being felt by anyone. And “Wonderstruck,” a critics’ favorite, has the audience turning a deaf ear.

Good news for “The Florida Project,” which is finding a deserved audience. And Tyler Perry, despite his new Madea Halloween movie “Boo” being dreadful, scored $21 million and finished in first place.

I’m happy to say that “Victoria and Abdul” is surviving this bad period nicely. They picked up another $2 million over the weekend. It’s just a lovely real movie. Go see it. Judi Dench should never be ignored.

PS My friends at Annapurna are having severe marketing problems. “Detroit” just collapsed this summer. “Brad’s Status” stiffed and is gone. “Marston” is as good as gone. Good movies, but no good reach out. No campaigns. They can fix that. They must.


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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