Friday, June 14, 2024

Box Office: “Belfast” Begins Oscar March, “Dune” Soon Off HBO Max, Bond Film Crosses a Line, “Clifford” Unleashed


Weekend box office:

Good news for “Belfast.” Kenneth Branagh’s Oscar buzzed film started its Oscar March with $1.8 million in limited release. Word of mouth must be excellent since the poignant memoir of Northern Ireland’s “troubles” had a per theater average of over $3,000.

“Belfast” boasts stand out performances from all its stars including Jamie Dornan, Judi Dench, Catriona Balfe, and newcomer Jude Hill, as well as Ciaran Hinds. This is an Oscar movie, a Best Picture for the ages. Run to see it if it’s playing near you.

“Dune” made it to $93 million this weekend. The slow climb to $100 million has been hampered by the film being on HBO Max. But that will end next Sunday. Then you’ll have to see it in a theater, where it should be viewed. If “Dune” hadn’t been available on HBO Max it would be at $150 mil already, easily.

James Bond “No Time to Die” did hit $150 mil today after almost a week of being available on VOD at the same time. “No Time to Die” still made $4.5 million this weekend, has a lot of life left in it at the box office.

“Clifford the Big Red Dog” made $22 million from Wednesday through Sunday. For families and parents frustrated with keeping kids at home, “Clifford” should be unleashed right through Thanksgiving.

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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