Monday, April 22, 2024

Box Office: “Mission Impossible” Takes Week 2, Kate McKinnon Squanders “SNL” Good Will with Second Summer Flop in a Row


Yes, yes. “Mission Impossible: Fallout” added $35 million to the till and Cruised to its second week at number 1. Disney’s Christopher Robin, as opposed to Troma’s Christopher Robin, came in second with $25 million. This was the second Christopher Robin movie in the last year, and the second one that no one really wanted.

More important: what is Kate McKinnon doing with her career? You know from day 1 when McKinnon arrived on “Saturday Night Live” I said she’d be a superstar. On the series, she is without a doubt. She’s won a bunch of Emmys, all deserved, but even the awards don’t completely elucidate her subtle, superior performances. From Hillary to Jeff Sessions to Justin Bieber…and her performance on “SNL” singing “Hallelujah” after the election– brilliant!

So why has she fallen into this trap of making crappy cheap comedies on her breaks? Last year’s “Rough Night” was unwatchable. Un-watchable. Now “The Spy Who Dumped Me” has eked out $12 million on its opening weekend. It’s cheesier looking than Velveeta. McKinnon is too good for this.

It’s possible she’s just going through the same hazing as many talented comics before her– trying to figure out her venue. Kristen Wiig finally figured out with “Bridesmaids.” But McKinnon is more like Lily Tomlin. She needs a Jane Wagner, a Robert Altman, maybe a Judd Apatow a la Amy Schumer. McKinnon is listed in Danny Boyle’s “Beatles” movie filming now. That could be something. But please, no more of this stuff. We don’t even have discount DVD bins anymore! Where do there movies go digitally?


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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