Monday, April 22, 2024

King James Dethroned: “Space Jam” Dropped a Whopping 77% Friday, Box Office Collapsing


Here’s a surprise box office update.

“Space Jam: A New Legacy” dropped 77% last night from last Friday, and its legs are buckling.

King LeBron James and the Warner Bros. souvenir store were literally booming last weekend. They beat “Black Widow” in its second weekend, which launched a plethora of “Marvel is over,” “Marvel is boring” stories.

Hahaha. Well, LOL. Last night “Black Widow” took “Space Jam 2” handily. “BW” has $146 million in the bank, they’re fine, thanks.

On the other hand, “Space Jam 2” with no legs is of concern. It’s still playing very very wide in 4,000 theaters. Are fans watching it at home on HBO Max? Are they not watching it at all because the reviews and word of mouth were bad?

The Olympics will definitely keep people home this weekend. But “Black Widow” — like “Cruella” beforeĀ  it– seems to have found new life. “Cruella” is going to wind down around $86 million, which is fine. But “Black Widow” will end the weekend around $152 million or better and is still going..

“Summer of Soul” is wrapping up around $2 million, excellent for an archival film. Will the Academy allow it in the Oscars given its material played on TV around the world years ago? Remains to be determined. Will the artists in the film share in its gross receipts? Will there ever be a soundtrack?

Some of these cliffhanger questions will be answered 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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