Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Bad Reviews Be Damned: Marvel’s “Eternals” Scores $9.5 Mil Preview Night Despite Critics’ Panning


Critics didn’t like it. They gave it a lowly 49% on Rotten Tomatoes.

And no one cares.

Marvel’s “Eternals” overcame bad buzz last night and scored $9.5 million in preview showings. They are off to the races!

Marvel will need big box office to pay that huge cast starting with Angelina Jolie, of all people. But they should have a $70 million weekend.

For director Chloe Zhao, the box office should make up for the reviews. And it’s certainly a contrast to her Oscar winning “Nomadland,” which only six months ago won the Academy Award but best picture and director but made only $40 million worldwide, most of it in the U.S. Now she can buy the RV she always dreamed of!

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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