Friday, April 12, 2024

Box Office Disaster: All- Star “Goldfinch” Bombs with Just $870K on Friday Night, $2 Million Weekend for $50 Mil Film


You win some, you lose some. Warner Bros. learned this the hard way last night as “The Goldfinch” took in just $870,000 in over 2,500 theaters.

The all star adaptation of Donna Tartt’s beloved and best selling novel cost between $40 and $50 million. The weekend take should be $2 million if they’re lucky.

Warner’s also has the monster hit, “It: Chapter Two,” which will be followed by “Joker.” So they’re okay. But “Goldfinch” would have nice for awards season. The good news is that “Goldfriend” is really a movie from Amazon Studios, which Warner’s distributed. They didn’t make it. So don’t blame them!

What a pedigree, too! Directed by John Crowley, cinematography by Roger Deakins. with Nicole Kidman, Ansel Elgort, Sarah Paulson, Jeffrey Wright star in the film about an art theft.

But everything went wrong. For Kidman, who got good notices in the film, it’s a disappointment, too. She already had a big hit this year with “The Upside,” which made over $100 million. Again, you win some, you lose some.

Even though it wasn’t their movie, Warner’s might be jumpy about “Goldfinch” since its star, Elgort, is filming Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story” right now. But it’s not the actor, it’s the material. I think Elgort will soar as Tony in the updated musical.



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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