Sunday, May 26, 2024

Box Office: July 4th Weekend Begins with “F9,” “Cruella” Hitting Hot Numbers, “In the Heights,” “Hitman’s Wife” Disappearing


The July 4th weekend at the box office began with good news and bad news.

Both “F9” and “Cruella” hit hot numbers. The former became a member of the $100 million club. The latter crosses the $75million mark today. Big accomplishments for each. For “Cruella” especially since it was also available on Disney Plus.

The bad news, of course, is that both “In the Heights” and “The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard” are playing their last rounds in the theaters. They may still be listed at cineplexes, but no one is attending. Cousins of mine caught “In the Heights” down in Charlotte, NC last week and really loved it. There were four people in the theater.

“A Quiet Place 2” is still booming, however, heading now to $150 million. Paramount’s gamble on waiting paid off handsomely.

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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