Monday, June 17, 2024

Weekend Box Office Disaster as New Entry “Stuber” Crashes, “Crawl” Limps, “Spider Man” and “Toy Story” Sequels Drive Business


There’s no business for show business like old business. The weekend box office was basically a disaster if your film wasn’t a sequel or repeating from last weekend.

“Spider Man: Far from Home” raked in another $45 million for a total of $275 million so far in two weeks of release.

“Toy Story 4”  wrapped four weeks of release with $365 million.

But new films suffered. “Stuber” took in $8 million. “Crawl” crawled to $12 million. The latter horror film, like all horror films, was made on the cheap so that’s okay. But “Stuber” was a miscalculated buddy film starring Dave Bautista from “Guardians of the Galaxy” and Kumail Nanjiani from “The Big Sick.” It may already be on airplanes.

“Stuber”‘s failure is worse because it’s from the now defunct 20th Century Fox. Disney — grooving on all its hits — just dumped “Stuber” into the abyss.

So the box office stinks but “The Lion King” roars next Friday. Regardless of critics’ carping, that movie will be a monster.

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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