Thursday, April 18, 2024

Box Office: “Star Wars” Stays Strong, “Richard Jewell” Picks Up Another Mil, “Little Women” Bigger Than Expected


Yes, yes, “Star Wars” is up and “Cats” is down. Friday’s box office was pretty much the same as Thursday’s, if a little lower. Maybe exhaustion from being on vacation is setting in.

“Star Wars” is now up to $316 million, heading to $350 million by tomorrow night. “Cats”– a rock is being tied around its neck even as we speak.

But the good news is that the “smaller” movies are doing pretty well. “1917” and “Just Mercy” are each booming in very limited release. When they go bigger, the numbers should follow. These are two films no one should miss.

“Richard Jewell,” consistently, another million in the bank.

And “Little Women” is bigger than expected. This morning, Greta Gerwig’s epic has already amassed over $18 million. Another two days like Friday and the weekend total will be $28 million– the high end of what was projected. Sony/Columbia has three terrific films for Oscar season when you throw in “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” and “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.” Nicely done.

The sleeper success of the holiday? “Queen and Slim.” More on that tomorrow.

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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