Friday, June 21, 2024

Jennifer Lopez Gets Career High Opening Weekend with “Hustlers” at Whopping $33.2 Million, Indie Studio Shines


“Hustlers” didn’t need to drug its audience to get its money. No, it was just a good movie well marketed. And the result? A whopping $33.2 million opening weekend.

STX Studios, an indie group that’s been looking for a breakout hit since last January’s “The Upside” has now scored its own highest opening. Champagne corks should be popping.

Lopez’s highest grossing weekend previously was “Monster-in-Law” in 2005. She’s had a long and varied roller coaster ride at the movies since then. But now she’ll have her biggest hit, and maybe a Golden Globe nomination.

For co-star Constance Wu, it’s a bittersweet record. She’s hot as a pistol in the movies. But she’s trapped on her TV show, “Fresh off the Boat.” She’d like to go overboard. Maybe ABC could kill off her character and replace her with Roseanne!

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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