Sunday, May 26, 2024

“Moonfall” Shapes Up to Be $150 Mil Bust for Lions Gate with Rotten Reviews and Just $700K Preview Night


“Moonfall” made landfall last night.

The $150 mil sci-fi epic had a bad night: just $700,000 in 2,300 locations. The morbidly curious were the ticket buyers.

“Moonfall” will probably be a massive write off for Lions Gate. They expected it, believe me. They’ll be fine.

But for director Roland Emmerich, stars Halle Berry, Patrick Wilson, Michael Pena it’s a space disaster.

For perspective, the latest “Jackass” movie made $1.65 million in previews– more than double “Moonfall.” But “Jackass” is made by idiots for idiots. “Moonfall” was supposed to be smart.

I’ve never seen reviews quite like the ones for “Moonfall.” The Emmerich film has 42 on Rotten Tomatoes. Even the “fresh” reviews mention that the movie is terrible but a lot of fun its awfulness. The Rotten Tomatoes editors themselves wrote under “Critics Consensus”: “Whether Moonfall is so bad it’s good or simply bad will depend on your tolerance for B-movie cheese — but either way, this is an Emmerich disaster thriller through and through.”

But you know, if you’ve seen “Spider Man” a few times and would like to see something new, “Moonfall” might be for you!


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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