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.