Saturday, May 18, 2024

Box Office Disaster Looms for Ridley Scott’s Star-Studded “The Last Duel,” Made Just $350K in Previews Thursday Night


Reality bites.

After a whirlwind of publicity, Disney-Fox’s “The Last Duel” may be dead on arrival.

The Ridley Scott- directed shields and armor opera made just $350,000 in previews last night. it opens officially today.

Costing close to $200 million, “The Last Duel” has an all star cast that reunites Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, also stars Adam Driver and Jodie Comer. But reviews have been mixed, with an 86 % on Rotten Tomatoes. Critics appreciate the performances and skillfulness of movie making, but not the movie itself.

Joe Morgenstern of the Wall Street Journal wrote: “The production has a lot going for it… But the narrative is cluttered with court intrigue against a background of repetitive battles, and the storytelling structure is exhausting.”

The low previews number doesn’t augur well for this release. We’ll see tomorrow how things pan out…Luckily, for Ridley Scott, the 83 year old director still has “House of Gucci” coming this fall, and that one looks like a winner.



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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