Thursday, May 30, 2024

Box Office: “Downton Abbey: A New Era” Looks at $20 Mil Weekend, A24’s “Men” Has Issues


“Men” figured in last night’s box office. Some scored, others didn’t.

“Doctor Strange” conjured up $ 8.5 million, bringing its total to a hefty $319 million. Another $17 million will bring it well over $330 million by tomorrow night.

Other “Men” didn’t fare so well. A24’s horror film of that name, which I hear people really don’t like made just a million bucks last night after $400K in previews. “Men” won’t take home $5 million in its opening weekend. On Rotten Tomatoes, it has a lowly 56% audience score.

The best new movie of the weekend, “Downton Abbey: A New Era” did great last night given all parameters of COVID. “A New Era” will have a $20 million opening weekend, lower than the first movie (pre-pandemic) but just fine. Go see it. It’s incredibly enjoyable even if a certain someone comes to sad but beautiful end.

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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