Saturday, June 15, 2024

Box Office: “Terminator” Is Back with a So-So Opening, “Jojo Rabbit” Nibbles, “Motherless Brooklyn” Needs a Parent


The last Terminator movie, “Genesys,” made $26 million in its first three days of release back in July 2015. That was a mid week opening so it’s hard to compare. But the new “Terminator” — which sent Linda Hamilton into extra sit ups — is about the same. It made $10 million last night. Maybe that’s a $30 million weekend, but probably less. Who wants to see this?

“Jojo Rabbit” expanded to 256 theaters and made $730,000 last night. The rabbit is nibbling at the box office. I’m waiting for it be to boiled. Let’s see if it can scamper away from the pot.

Edward Norton’s “Motherless Brooklyn” is not going to work out. Audiences must realize Bruce Willis is only in it for 15 minutes and doesn’t do very much. Still, the whole noir aspect is excellent, and Norton remains a fascinating actor. But last night’s take was just $1 million in just over a million locations. Warner Bros. was brave to release it, it’s not in their wheelhouse. But they’ve tried a lot of smaller movies this season, and deserve credit for it. “Joker” is their bread and butter.

Paramount is trying to leave “Gemini Man” in theaters until it reaches $50 million. That’s like a death by paper cuts. They’re five mil away.


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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