Saturday, May 18, 2024

“Godzilla” $49 Mil Is No Monster Compared to “Godzilla” in 2014, “Rocketman” Soars On Its Own Terms, Don’t Compare it to “Bohemian Rhapsody”


The box office is good, but you have to take it in perspective.

The new “Godzilla” made a whopping $49 million this weekend. But keep in mind the last “Godzilla,” in 2014, had a $93 million opening. That’s like way way off, almost 50% off. So this year’s “Godzilla” news is nice, but it’s no monster.

“Rocketman” is not going to be “Bohemian Rhapsody” financially even though it has better reviews and is a much superior movie. “BR” was a phenom. Don’t compare them! “Rocketman” is a hit with $23-$25 million opening weekend. If we make the mistake of saying it’s no “BR” this really great movie will be hurt. “Rocketman” soars on its own terms!

Also, the soundtrack is top 10 and so is Elton’s greatest hits boxed set.

“Booksmart” has outgrossed “Poms,” which is something, I guess, with a little over $14 million so far. “The Hustle” has made it to $33 million purely on Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson’s good will. After stealing “Oceans 8,” and bringing people in to this thing, Hathaway deserves some better material.

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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