Thursday, May 23, 2024

“Dolittle” Does Very Little, $175 Mil Robert Downey Jr. Movie Heads to Disastrous $15 Mil Opening Weekend


Dr. Dolittle isn’t dead, but he’s dying fast at a local movie theater.

Receipts for Friday opening night including Thursday previews came to $6.3 million. That would indicate a $15 million three day weekend, maybe $18 million for the four day MLK weekend.

The Robert Downey Jr. film cost $175 million. This isn’t good news.

Using the Thurs-Fri combo of numbers, “Dolittle” edged out “1917” by $100,000 officially on Friday to be number 1. But really, that’s a fraud. The real “Dolittle” number for Friday was more like $5.4 million. (I am not a fan of counting Thursday previews in the Friday totals.)

Meanwhile, “1917” hit $60 million last night. For Universal, this is a gift considering they’ve got one of the worst movies ever and one of the best at the same time. As for another Universal film, “Cats,” it was last seen looking for scraps in the alley.

Elsewhere, “Just Mercy” starring Jamie Foxx and Michael B. Jordan is up to $15 million after 24 days. No promotion, no awards push, the director has been MIA for months. But it’s such a good film, try and see it in theaters.



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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