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UPDATE Jennifer Lopez RomCom “Marry Me” A Bust at the Box Office Proposing $7 Mil Weekend

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UPDATE SAT AM: “Marry Me” made $2.5 million on Friday for an opening total of $3 million. The weekend should bring just $7 million. There’s a decided lack of interest in this one.

FRIDAY FEB 11: Jennifer Lopez posed the question, “Marry Me,” last night in 2,700 theaters.

And the answer from the movie going audience was “No.”

Total take: $525,000. Just $194 per theater. Lopez spends that much on eyeliner.

“Marry Me” is a rom com in which JLO plays herself, a big movie and music star, who falls for Owen Wilson, a regular guy. It’s “Notting Hill” repurposed.

Armie Hammer, who is much younger than Lopez, was originally hired to play her suitor. But then he became a Fine Young Cannibal, so Wilson replaced him. I’m advised that this is another movie, “Shotgun Wedding,” which sounds like the same movie. Hence the confusion.

There have been rumors that Wilson isn’t happy with the movie. On Rotten Tomatoes, the score is a lowly 60%. Many of the “fresh” tomatoes are attached to largely negative reviews.  The reviewer for the moribund Parade magazine wrote: “Sure, it all feels very 2006 but in a way that’s not so much dated as refreshing, retro. ” That’s considered a positive review.

The weekend doesn’t look too promising for “Marry Me.” Stay tuned…

PS There’s a soundtrack album attached to “Marry Me.” The album is at number 30 on iTunes, the title track single at number 51.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
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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