Saturday, May 18, 2024

Box Office: Angelina Jolie’s “Maleficent 2” Has $12.5 Mil Open, Will Smith’s “Gemini Man” Dies Again, “Zombieland” Tap Dances Up A Storm


Friday box office: Angelina Jolie’s “Maleficent 2” or “Mistress of Evil” scared up $12.5 million Friday including the $2.5 mil from Thursday. It’s not a record breaker but people went, and more will flood into today and tomorrow at matinees. Critics hated it, but “M2” is candy corn, it’s not a movie (see Scorsese comments). Angelina has 6 kids and bills to pay, so let’s be kind. She’s got her Oscar, and she’s an ambassador to everything.

Will Smith’s “Gemini Man” is dead again. Someone thought  that this weekend’s total would be $10.5 million, which the very reliable put into their projections. Well, last night Gemini Man took in just $2.3 million, so I don’t know how that’s going to work out unless a sudden mob scene occurs in theaters. “Gemini Man” will be lucky to stir up $7 million, and even then I can’t imagine why–the word of mouth is worse than the reviews.

“Zombieland: Double Tap” actually made a very healthy $10.5 million last night including Thursday previews. The sequel to “Adventures in Zombieland” did a lot better than you might imagine, but zombies are always popular. (Look at the red states for more on that.) So we’ve got a modest hit, and a good airplane movie, or rental when the time comes. I’m psyched. Don’t denigrate this sort of film. It’s what keeps us going!

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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