Friday, April 19, 2024

Partial Recall: Hugh Jackman Sci Fi Thriller “Reminiscence” DOA at Box Office with Just $700K Opening Night


You win some, you lose some.

With his latest film, “Reminiscence,” Hugh Jackman will learn to forget how bad the box office was opening night: just $700,000 for this Warner Bros. sci fi thriller that no one knew about it anyway.

Co-starring Rebecca Ferguson, who’s trying to do films besides “Mission Impossible,” the $68 million dollar “Westworld” type fantasy met with apathy last night in theaters.

“Reminiscence” was written and directed by Lisa Joy, who actually does the same for HBO’s “Westworld” TV series. It’s also available on HBO Max where it might find an audience. But there’s none in person.

I hate to say this but it’s not good news for Warner Bros. “The Suicide Squad” and “In the Heights” were severe disappointments. But “Dune” and “The Many Saints of Newark” are coming, and they should right the ship.

For Hugh Jackman, he’s got “The Music Man” coming to Broadway in December, all sold out forever, a Tony Award is in the offing.

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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