Tuesday, July 16, 2024

“Last Jedi” Knocked to 3rd Place in 3rd Week, Makes Half as Much as Horror Thriller’s 4th Installment


Not a great day in the history of “Star Wars.”

After three weeks in release, “The Last Jedi” finished third on Friday night. It made $6.5 million, roughly half of what the number 1 film took in.

And that film was “Insidious: The Last Key,” the fourth installment of a horror series from Jason Blum’s staggeringly successful Blumhouse. “Last Key” made $12.7 million. And that’s with a cast of unknown actors, nary a star among them.

“Insidious” was a big budget movie for Blumhouse, too. The price was $10 million. Usually their films are budgeted at $5 million. Maybe now they’re feeding the actors!

Number 2 last night was “Jumanji” with $10.8 million on its 17th day of release.

Steven Spielberg’s “The Post” is continuing to sell out in limited release, awaiting some Golden Globe wins. Last night Spielberg and Tom Hanks celebrated with a small, swanky party at the Chateau Marmont. Publicist Peggy Siegal, who has worked with Spielberg since “Jaws,” did not want to miss this gathering even though JFK was closed and the snow kept coming. So she had her driver bring her to Reagan Airport in Washington DC, a four hour plus drive, and then flew out to Los Angeles in time! Now that is dedication!




Roger Friedman
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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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