Thursday, May 23, 2024

Box Office: The Real “Avengers” are “Book Club” Stars: Movie Stars Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton, Candy Bergen Eye $50 Million


Box office: all the talk today is about “Solo” only making $29 million over the weekend. It’s up to $148 million in two weeks. Yes, everyone is crying crocodile tears.

LOL. Solo will be just fine.

But the real box office story is “Book Club.” Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton, Candace Bergen, Mary Steenburgen lead a cast that has now grossed $47 million in 17 days. This is quite a feat. The ladies are headed to $60 million and a sequel if smart minds prevail. They’ve shown that movies for adults with real stars– real stars, baby– are still bringing audiences to theaters.

Jane Fonda, meanwhile, is shooting the new season of “Grace and Frankie” for Netflix with Lily Tomlin. They have a rock solid hit. Candace is coming back in “Murphy Brown.” Diane and Mary work all the time. They are all trailblazers.

“Book Club” still hasn’t been released in the UK, Australia, or France. There’s money to be made there, too.

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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