Thursday, April 18, 2024

Box Office UPDATE: Too Much of The Rock? Dwayne Johnson’s “Skyscraper” Opens in 3rd Place, Falls Big Time to Adam Sandler’s Cartoon Vampires


SUNDAY UPDATE: “Hotel Transylvania 3” took a $16 million lead over “Skyscraper.” The Adam Sandler led animated vampire movie made $41.2 in the US and another $46 mil overseas. “Skyscraper” was a low rent affair with just 25 million US and another 40.4 mil abroad. It opened in THIRD place, behind the “Ant Man” sequel in its second week.



SATURDAY Too much of The Rock is a thing.

“Skyscraper” — the latest movie starring ubiquitous Dwayne Johnson– is a bit of a bust. Last night the action film modeled on “Die Hard” made just $9.2 million.  That’s a LOT less than the $16.6 million earned by “Hotel Transylvania 3,” an animated second sequel for children of all ages.

“Skyscraper” is Johnson — aka The Rock’s– second movie since April. It’s his fourth film since April 2017. One of those was “Baywatch,” a total write off at the box office.

Johnson is also featured in HBO’s series “Ballers” and in a lot commercials.

How much of The Rock can people take? This may be the cut off, the straw that breaks the box office. Maybe it’s time to pull back.

Look for “Skyscraper” to battle for a $25 million weekend.

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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