Thursday, June 13, 2024

Box Office UPDATE: “Moonfall” Was a Bigger Dud Than Thought, Made $700K Less Than Reported


Here’s a box office update:

“Moonfall” from director Roland Emmerich was a bigger dud than originally thought.

Yesterday Lions Gate announced that the weekend take including Thursday previews was $10.5 million. But as it turns out, the total was just $9.8 million. That’s a big difference.

But this is the way guessing about Sundays goes sometimes. Meanwhile, “Jackass Forever” remains at its original number of $23.5 million.

“Moonfall” is just the latest in a long line outer space movies that have just collapsed upon launch. These films are not as easy to do as you might think. And just throwing money at them doesn’t work. “Star Wars” and “Star Trek” as long lasting franchises because they had solid foundations. “Moonfall” was apparently made from cheese.

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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