Monday, May 27, 2024

Thursday Box Office: 3 Big Premieres, But “Father Stu,” “Morbius” Face the End


Thursday night at the box office brought three big premieres in previews. But two other cinematic misfires are coming to the end.

For Sony, which made so much money with “Spider Man” and “Uncharted,” the pendulum has swung around. Both “Father Stu” and “Morbius” are finito. The former is really dead, coming into its second weekend with just $10 million and declines all week. All the prayers in the world couldn’t save this turkey. Mark Wahlberg made a big mistake here. Mel Gibson was the mistake.

Three big previews last night. “The Northman” and “The Bad Guys” broke out big time with $1.3 million and $1.15 million respectively. The Nicholas Cage movie with the hard title, “The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent,” came in at $830,000. If they’d called it “UnCaged,” LionsGate would have had a bigger opening. We’ll see if good reviews and Cage ‘s eccentric talk show appearances help push it along.

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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