Saturday, April 20, 2024

James Franco Scandal Spells Disaster for “The Disaster Artist”: Despite Awards, Box Office Drops 28%


James Franco has won a Golden Globe, a Critics Choice Award and a Gotham Award for playing loser Tommy Wiseau in “The Disaster Artist.”

But Franco’s accusations of sexual misconduct are now impacting the movie’s box office– and the awards don’t matter.

Thursday night’s numbers indicate a 28% drop from Wednesday numbers. The Thursday take was just $83,103.

The movie was already slowing down as it tries desperately to make $20 million. With the awards, A24 could have trotted out some ads. But now that the impact of the scandal has kicked in there should be a significant drop off over the weekend.

Of the five films Franco himself has directed, this is the first to make over $40,000–yes, forty thousand dollars. He’s pretty much squandered millions of investor dollars on badly made vanity projects up til now. And it’s from those movies–that usually feature gay or porn themes– that the many accusations have come.

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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