Monday, June 17, 2024

“Joker” Previews Laugh Up $13.3 Million, Weekend Will Fall Short of $100 Mil Predictions After Over-Hyped Violence Warnings


“Joker,” a movie that has been hyped beyond all recognition, took in $13.3 million last night in previews. It will set a record for an October opening, but fall short of being the super mega blockbuster everyone predicted. This, despite or because of, crazy warnings and pumped up warnings of possible violence in theaters.

There won’t be any, except maybe at the candy counter about inflated priced.

But “Joker” will not hit the $100 million opening weekend some had predicted a few weeks and months ago. No, with critics reviews around 75% and the fear of violence anted up, non fanboy audiences will stay away. Also, word of mouth from Thursday and Friday will warn off older audiences once the extreme, sudden violence in the movie is described to them. That’s going to be a bigĀ  issue. The weekend target is around $85 million.

Don’t count out Joaquin Phoenix, though, for many awards nominations. He gives a sensational performance, one of the best of any year.

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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