Monday, June 17, 2024

Box Office: Elton John’s “Rocketman” Loses Friday Night to “Godzilla,” But Musical BioPic Has Better Legs — And Songs


I think it’s going to be a long, long time– that is, “Rocketman” will be with us all summer, but “Godzilla” will have a short, stubby run.

Opening night box office was huge for yet another Godzilla remake, at $19.6 million. Elton John’s “Rocketman” will make only a little more than that for the weekend–around $23 million. But audiences will be singing along to the biopic long after Godzilla has been caught or shot, trust me.

“Rocketman” did make a very healthy $9.2 million. 

That’s called “legs” in box office lingo.

But hold on for the weekend totals. “Rocketman” will be a blast. Saturday night’s alright for rocking!

Keep refreshing for updates…


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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