Friday, June 21, 2024

Box Office: “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” Crosses $70 Mil, “Fast and Furious” Spin Off Will Have $60 Mil Weekend


Box office news: Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” will cross $70 million tonight or tomorrow, which is pretty great no matter what you compare it to. \

After all, this is a long movie and a character piece, with a little bit of violence at the end but nothing like past Tarantino blood and guts fests. This is an actual film, something we’re not getting much of anymore. “OUTH” will easily go past $100 million and then head for awards season.

This weekend’s big studio mass consumption piece of whatever is “Hobbs and Shaw,” a spin off of “Fast and Furious” movies. Starring The Rock and Jason Statham, “Hobbs and Shaw” (sounds like a law firm or a bail-arranger) made $23.7 million on Thurs/Fri and is eying a $60 million weekend total. It’s mindless fun, so international box office is two times the US. To be honest, this is a movie where you don’t even need dialogue. Turn the sound off! Make up your own!

And then there’s “The Lion King.” Critics didn’t like it. Who cares? Disney is now up to $403 million domestic and $1 billion total worldwide. That’s a big roar!

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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