Thursday, April 25, 2024

Box Office Update: “Cruella” Exceeds Expectations, “F9” Nears $500 Mil as Universal Takes Top 3 Spots



I guess there will be an “F 10.” The most recent movie in the “Fast and Furious” saga, “F9,” will cross the $500 million mark internationally today or tomorrow. There was a surge on Saturday in the US, bringing the domestic box office to $117 million.

If you add over $200 million from China, and then factor in the rest of the world, “F9” is a post pandemic phenom. It was good mainstream entertainment at the moment everyone needed it. So there will be more and more of these things.

For Universal Pictures, it’s a big weekend. “F9” is number 1, the “Boss Baby” sequel is number 2, and “The Forever Purge,” a B movie about a Mexican drug cartel, with lots of shoot outs, is number 3. Can’t beat that!

Disney’s “Cruella” continues to be a late starter and a surprise still-blooming hit. They’re up to $76 million now, eyeing $80 million and hoping for more. Deserved!

The “Sparks” doc sparked little interest, made $24,000 over the weekend.


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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