Sunday, May 26, 2024

Box Office: Warner Bros.’ “The Kitchen” Cooks Up Disaster with Just $5.5 Mil Weekend — Latest Female Star Film to Fail


It’s been a rough summer for films starring women, or toplining women.

Now we have a big disaster with “The Kitchen,” starring Melissa McCarthy, Elisabeth Moss, and Tiffany Haddish. It made just $5.5 million and cost at least $50 million if not more.

The whole thing is a total write off. Sadder still, this was the number 1 new movie of the weekend. But it’s not a surprise: “The Kitchen” had a ghastly 20% on Rotten Tomatoes.

“The Kitchen” follows “The Hustle,” “Booksmart,” “Poms,” and “Late Night” down the box office tubes. Was it that the movies were really no good? Or were they just poorly marketed? That’s the big question.

And now studios will have to think about that before new releases like Greta Gerwig’s “Little Women,” “Charlie’s Angels,” and the upcoming “Where’d You Go, Bernadette”?

The latter, directed by Richard Linklater and starring Cate Blanchett, is looming as a huge flop. Scheduled to be released earlier this year, “Bernadette” was pulled from Annapurna’s schedule for re-editing. Apparently, it didn’t work. “Bernadette” is barely being screened for press, and its premiere is being held sub rosa at the way downtown indie Metrograph Theater with a party on the premises. Not exactly Alice Tully Hall.

Annapurna Films, owned by Megan Ellison, has already had massive disappointments this year including “Booksmart.” Next Sunday, after it bombs, we’ll be seeing puns based on the title regarding the box office.  Blanchett and Linklater will be fine, but Annapurna is another story altogether.



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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