Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Will Smith’s “Gemini Man” Tanks with $5.9 Mil Friday, May Fall Short of Low End Predictions, “Joker” Kills with $17 Mil


Box office Friday:

“Joker” killed it Friday night with another whopping $17 million. That’s now a total of $154 million in 8 or 9 days, depending on how you count it. So Warner Bros. is celebrating a huge win after a disappointing summer and early fall counting “The Goldfinch.” That bird has flown. They should use all this money to pump “Just Mercy,” their Oscar movie with Jamie Foxx and Michael B. Jordan.

Will Smith’s “Gemini Man” is DOA. The real Friday number is $5.9 million, plus the $1.6 million it made Thursday. Paramount may fall short of their low end $19 million prediction. But you know, Will Smith has survived worse outings. And this year he already starred in “Aladdin,” a big hit. He’s had tons of flops but they don’t seem to matter. Plus, he’s set for life, and he’s married to a very bright, talented actress (Jada Pinkett Smith). Maybe Gemini was just the wrong sign.

“Downton Abbey” crosses $80 million tonight. “Hustlers” flirts with $100 million this coming week, maybe by Monday or Tuesday.


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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