Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Box Office: At Least Two Disasters Open Wide This Weekend: “Captive State,” and “Wonder Park” Headed for the Bin


“Captain Marvel” will remain solidly fixed this weekend at number 1.

That’s because the two wide releases of the weekend are non starters. They are DOA. They are not happening. They are kaput.

“Captive State” has live actors like John Goodman and Vera Farmiga. But Focus hasn’t screened this dour thriller directed by Rupert Wyatt. No one knows anything and they won’t until after it starts playing. There are no reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. A ZERO looks forthcoming. Wyatt’s last film was the remake of “The Gambler.” Need I say more? Goodman must have jumped at the chance to re-up with “The Conners” on TV after making this one.

Over at Paramount, where we wait with crossed fingers for “Rocketman,” they have to release “Wonder Park” this weekend. It cost $100 million, may take in $10 million. It’s animated, for kids, with lots of stars’ voices. But no one wants to hear them. It has a 23 on RT. But wait: THIS MOVIE HAS NO DIRECTING CREDIT. Not on imdb or anywhere else. Just three writers. Hmmmm…. Even “Bohemian Rhapsody” had a director’s credit! Where is Alan Smithee when you need him?

Oh well.

Films to see this weekend: “Gloria Bell.” Also “Ash is Purest White.” And “Greta.”

Roger Friedman
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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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