Monday, June 24, 2024

Box Office: “West Side Story” Crosses $20 Mil, “Spider Man” Booms Away, “Nightmare Alley” Turns to Dust


Wednesday’s box office brought a sigh of relief for “West Side Story.” Steven Spielberg’s Oscar certain classic finally crossed $20 million. This should have been $100 mil after 13 days. Go figure. But the gorgeous film is hanging in there, and taking it slow. If you’re brave enough to go see “Spider Man,” then you can go see the best movie of the year.

“Spider Man” is chugging along, of course, hitting $356 million. The webslinger will arrive at $400 million on Christmas morning.

Elsewhere: “Nightmare Alley” has turned to dust. Just $273,000 last night, and those were mercy viewings. Searchlight has struck out four times this fall, with “French Dispatch,” “Antlers,” and “Tammy Faye.” No box office for any of them and just Jessica Chastain as a possible Best Actress nominee.

Both “Matrix Resurrections” and “The King’s Man” had decent previews last night with $8 mil and $2 mil respectively. “MR” is also on HBO Max, so we’ll see how that impacts theaters.

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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