Monday, April 22, 2024

Box Office: “Harry Potter” Film “Fantastic Beasts” Comes in Low, So Does “Girl in Spider’s Web,” “Widows”


The box office is not humming with good news.

“Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald” had an opening weekend of $62 million, down $13 million from its first episode, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” Not as many people looked for them this time around.

Sony has a big write off in “The Girl in the Spider’s Web,” a continuation from their “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.” So far the sequel has made $13.3 million in two weeks which means it’s dead. Sony counterbalanced with “Venom,” their Spider Man movie without Spider Man, which is up to $210 million.

Fox’s “Widows” from Oscar winner Steve McQueen had a struggling opening weekend with just over $12 million.

Now everyone is watching “Green Book,” in very limited release. This movie should be a break out hit when it goes wide. I do think it needs more promotion, a fuller explanation of the Green Book in the press, and Universal needs to get Kris Bowers or someone out on TV to play Don Shirley’s music. Also, “Green Book” is better described a kind of “Bucket List” movie rather than “Driving Miss Daisy.”

Any good news? “Bohemian Rhapsody” is up to $126 million. What’s motivating audiences? A crazy little thing called love.


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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