Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Box Office: Slow Stuff as “Memory” is Forgotten, “Father Stu,” “Morbius,” Nick Cage Meta Movie All Flounder


If you went to the best fish market in your town you wouldn’t find as much flounder than we had at the box office this weekend.

Yes,. animated films “The Bad Guys” and “Sonic the Hedgehog 2” continue to draw families, desperate parents who will park their kids in a movie theater and pray no one gets sick. Can you blame them?

But in the fare offered to, ahem, adults, it was not the kindest situation this weekend. The Mark Wahlberg-Mel Gibson “Father Stu” then is a fish ‘stew’ with now just $17 million in the pot. The end is near.

Liam Neeson’s terrible “Memory” wandered around in a fog for just $3.1 million.

Tne Nicholas Cage meta- movie, “Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent,” dropped 45% to to a total of $13.5 million.

Focus Features’ “The Northman” is directionless with just $6.3 million, total of $22 mil after two weeks. Maybe they should get a Viking stove.

Somewhere out there Spider Man fans are going back to see “Morbius.” Not a total flop, the Spider-verse extension has $71 mil at home and another $87 mil abroad. I guess they just write it off to the “No Way Home” budget and move on.

Speaking of foreign sales, in New Zealand, “Father Stu” has made $743 so far. Hey’s it’s a start!

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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