Saturday, April 20, 2024

Box Office: Oscar-Bound “Green Book” Crosses $20Mil on Monday, “Aquaman” Picks Up $93 Mil in China Pre-US Release


Well, the Golden Globes saved “Green Book.” Peter Farrelly’s beautiful film with two Oscar performances– Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali– made $4 million more over the weekend. It’s still in limited release. The Globes gave “Green Book” a lot of ammunition with major nominations. Now word of mouth is picking up. The film hits $20 mil on Monday, and will start to take off in a big way. Very exciting.

I know the critics love “Roma.” It’s winning all the top critics’ prizes. Alfonso Cuaron is going to win Best Director, trust me. But could it be we’re seeing a “King’s Speech”/”Social Network” divide? “Roma” picks up all the critics prizes in the cities. “Green Book” wins Best Picture. I feel we’re headed in that direction. Stay tuned. Isn’t it great that we have so many excellent films in one season?

Warner Bros. is celebrating Chinese New Year early. Over weekend “Aquaman” made $93 million in China. That’s more than any other Warner or DC comic book movie in that country. The only human rights available to the Chinese is to see pre-approved American movies. So they’ve exercised that right by seeing “Aquaman” in droves. We have to wait til next Friday to see “Aquaman.” (I can wait, personally.)

“First Man” suffered from no Golden Globes action. I am really frustrated about this. “First Man” should be a Best Picture nominee. I urge the people involved to invest in an Oscar campaign. Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Damien Chazelle, the below the line people, and Justin Hurwitz’s score– they deserve better.

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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