Monday, April 22, 2024

Box Office: “Father Stu” Faith Movie with Mel Gibson, Mark Wahlberg Needs Prayers After Slow Start


“Father Stu” needs prayers. Or a Hail Mary.

Last night’s opening at the box office pre-Easter was a disappointment for sure. The Mark Wahlberg-Mel Gibson faith movie scored just $1.550 million at the box office. And that was at 2,700 theaters.

If things don’t pick up quickly for the padre, Sony will have a lot of questions. But with just a 43% on Rotten Tomatoes, it’s uncertain that a mass audience will turn up over the weekend to give “Father Stu” absolution.

Gibson is a turn off to 90% of the audience. Wahlberg overweight and not particularly engaging doesn’t help. Plus, Gibson’s baby mama, Rosalind Ross, who’s never directed a feature film, was put in charge of this mess. So we’ll see how things develop this week.

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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