Sunday, May 26, 2024

Clooney, Damon “Suburbicon” Scary $2.8 Mil Weekend, Beaten by “Failure” Army Film “Thank You for Your Service”


George Clooney’s “Suburbicon” is deader than dead. It made $2.8 million over the weekend. “Suburbicon” was beaten by Jason Hall’s “Thank You for Your Service,” which had no star big stars (just Miles Teller) but was in the same number of theaters and made $3.7 million.

“Suburbicon,” basically, is a total write off.  It’s also a career low for both Clooney and Matt Damon. I remember years ago when Clooney produced Steven Soderbergh’s “Full Frontal” with Julia Roberts. It was a dismal failure. Clooney said to me, “We managed to make Julia Roberts’ lowest grossing film.” Well, now he’s outdone himself. I wish Clooney would just act and stop directing. He’s a damn good actor and he’s missing the boat now.

Think of it: $2.8 million is what Clooney pays for upkeep on a home. It’s his Tequila bill (just joking). And Paramount writes off another whole film.

Also completely written off this weekend is Warner Bros.’ “Geostorm.” No one went to it. With a $150 million expenditure, “Geostorm” has just $23 million from two weeks in release.

The good news is that “The Florida Project” is an indie hit. I wish I could say the same for SPC’s “Novitiate,” which has an Oscar worthy performance from Melissa Leo.


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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