Sunday, July 21, 2024

POW! Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum Clobber “The Batman” with $11.5 Mil Opening


“The Batman” stood down last night.

On its opening night, “The Lost City” took in $9.5 million and trounced the Caped Crusader in his third week of release.

With previews, the Sandra Bullock-Channing Tatum romantic adventure raked in $11.5 million for an opening night. “The Batman” drew just $5.5 million on Friday bringing its total to a not shabby $317 million.

“The Lost City” is a marketing and casting triumph. As a film, it’s a B+ at best, comfort food at a time when audiences need it badly. Bullock and Tatum are charming, and the story resonates with the whole genre established 40 years ago by “Raiders of the Lost Ark.”

But the marketing: the TV commercials of Sandy pulling leeches off the naked backside of Channing, and all the innuendo, etc delivered in junket interviews has worked just enough to get the public’s backsides into seats. And that’s all that matters!

“The Batman” will pick up another $10 million today and tomorrow. But it will have a long slog to $400 million. It’s still a massive success.

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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