Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Box Office: Failure of “Tammy Faye” Follows Suit of All Small Movies This Fall Like “Flag Day,” “Blue Bayou”


Movie box office for late summer and fall has not been kind to small, indie movies, that kind that need adults over the age of 30.

DOA, it seems, is “The Eyes of Tammy Faye,” which has made $853K in the last week at 450 theaters. Searchlight/Disney may increase the number of venues this weekend, but the party is over. Despite good reviews for star Jessica Chastain, the audience wasn’t interested.

But “Tammy Faye” wasn’t alone. Unless the film was a blockbuster sort of non film like Fast & Furious 9, or a Marvel movie like “Shang Chi,” the people who needed to come spend the bucks didn’t turn out for anything.

They weren’t motivated to see Sean Penn direct his daughter, Dylan, in “Flag Day.” The response to “Respect,” with Jennifer Hudson was $24 million all in on a $55 million film.

Focus Features has been particularly brave, releasing “Blue Bayou” and “The Card Counter” into a box office abyss. In the old days, those movies would have made lives in indie theaters and art houses. But their potential audiences have gotten used to watching Netflix, et al and not leaving the house. The result is minimal box office receipts.

So what will bring humans back to the theaters? MGM is hoping that the James Bond film, “No Time to Die,” will do the trick. They’ve sold a smattering of advanced tickets, waiting for reviews to break next week when the movie opens in London to kickstart a frenzy. You have to see a James Bond movie on a big screen. It’s no time to stay home!


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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