Saturday, May 25, 2024

“Gotti” Dying a Slow Death at Box Office After Scandal Over Possibly Planted Reviews


I’m sorry, but “Gotti” is not the popular movie everyone was waiting to see.

After making $1.7 million over the weekend, the John Travolta mob flick had a difficult Monday and Tuesday.

In fact, on Monday “Gotti” had the biggest drop from Sunday of any new or current film playing in 500 theaters or more– 64%. On Tuesday, when adults go to the movies, “Gotti” had the smallest increase among the same films– 12%.

On Sunday it seemed like fake reviewers had infiltrated Rotten Tomatoes and posted a bunch of improbably positive reviews in the fan section.

After five days, “Gotti” has made $2.1 million. Yesterday, they took in $218,000, which I think is shocking. Around 2,100 people maybe sat through it.

Maybe things will pick up tonight and tomorrow. Hope floats, just like a dead body in the East River.

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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