Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Box Office: Gaga’s “Gucci” Heads to $23 Mil Opening, “Licorice Pizza” Has Tasty Premiere, “Belfast” Is a Gem


Friday box office was good for everyone, even Lady Gaga.

“House of Gucci” took in $5.7 million yesterday, whipping its total up to $13.3 million since Tuesday. What day is it today? Who knows? But if “Gucci” picks up another $10 million today and tomorrow, they’ll come in with maybe $23 million for the week. It’s not huge, but it’s no disaster despite the reviews.

Speaking of “Gucci” reviews, designer and filmmaker Tom Ford writes about the movie in Graydon Carter’s Air Mail thing today. The best part of the review is Ford’s complete omission of any mention of the fact that he’s depicted in the movie or the actor, Reeve Carney, who plays him. He must not have liked Carney’s work. I did and that’s too bad.

“Gucci” comes from MGM, which still can’t get itself bought by Amazon Studios despite a much heralded announcement last May. The reason? The Federal Trade Commission has put a spanner in the works. So MGM lumbers forward. But, good news at least for now with another release, Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Licorice Pizza.” It opened in four theaters yesterday and sliced up $141,000. What will happen when it hits the real world is unknown, but for this minute in time, all is okey doke.

And the number 1 Oscar-buzzed movie, “Belfast”? Holding its own nicely as it waits for some awards accolades to come in. If you can see “Belfast” this weekend, do so, please, without hesitation. It’s going to be in for Best Picture, Director, Screenplay, Cinematography, not to mention Supporting Actors Jamie Dornan and Catriona Balfe, maybe Judi Dench, and even little Jude Hill. A brilliant little gem of a film.


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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