Saturday, April 20, 2024

Mindy Kaling’s “Late Night” from Amazon Studios: Will it Be “Booksmart 2”? Did it Open This Weekend? Next Weekend? Where Is It? Why Is it Lost?


Mindy Kaling’s “Late Night” was a big hit in Sundance this past winter. Emma Thompson’s turn as a late night talk show host, written by Kaling, was snapped by Amazon Studios immediately for millions of dollars.

And now? I have no idea.

Maybe “Late Night” opened this weekend. It’s playing at two theaters in Los Angeles and one in New York. On Fandango, an ad says it opened June 7th. But when you click on the ad, you can’t see it until June 13th.

This morning, of course, Amazon posted no box office numbers from last night. So “Late Night” doesn’t exist. It’s also not on the Amazon prime page, so it’s not like the online company is excited about it coming to that platform.

I haven’t seen it. There was no opportunity in New York. My colleague saw it in Los Angeles. I didn’t get a strong reaction.

Will “Late Night” become “Booksmart 2”? or “The Hustle 2”? or “Poms 2”? It has that feeling about it. These were all movies written and directed and starring women. They’ve all been DOA. Is there a theme here? It sure feels like one.

“Booksmart,” by the way, also poorly marketed, from Annapurna, will top out at less than $19 million. It had a 97% on Rotten Tomatoes.

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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