“Aladdin” was number 1 at the box office this weekend with over $105 million. It was the default movie on a slow weekend. The three day total was $86 mil. Not bad considering the reviews were tepid.
Olivia Wilde’s “Booksmart,” very well reviewed, suffered from no PR or marketing. It died with $6.5 million. One solution might be to relaunch it in the fall with some awards buzz. But then again, it just might be over.
Keanu Reeves’s “John Wick 3” hit $100 million in its 2nd weekend. “John Wick 4” and more are being prepared now. Does Keanu still live at the Chateau Marmont? Did he ever buy a house?
Stranger still, there seems to be a movie called “Frank and Ava” about Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner, in release since December from something called Hannover House (misspelled intentionally) based in Arkansas. It’s now made around $17,000. The writer and producer, Rico Simonini, who is a cardiologist at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles (real name Dr. Americo Simonini), also plays Sinatra. Whatever this vanity endeavor cost, it’s money down the drain.
PS There’s no singing in the trailer, so I think probably no singing in the movie. Or music associated with Sinatra. And Dr. Simonini doesn’t look anything like Sinatra. This may be why cardiology issues should be dealt with UCLA Medical Center.