Sunday, June 16, 2024

Brad Pitt-Leonardo DiCaprio Tarantino Film Has Strong Friday with $16.8 Million, Eyes Big Weekend


Quentin Tarantino should beat his previous number for his biggest opening weekend.

“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” brought in $11 mil on Friday night, added to the $5.8 million it had in Thursday previews. That brings the total to $16.8 million.

The target is anything over $38 million, the amount “Inglorious Basterds” hit on its opening weekend 10 years ago. All signs point to a hot Saturday and Sunday based on reviews and word of mouth.

(I’m going again tonight with three others, so that should help!)

The other big box office news, if you’re a Disney stock holder, is that “The Lion King” will cross $300 million domestic today after 9 days. All the middling reviews didn’t matter. When it’s hot outside, there’s nothing like an air conditioned theater where you can park the kids.


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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