Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Netflix Happy $200 Mil “Gray Man” Not Dependent on Box Office: Few Tickets Sold This Weekend


“The Gray Man” has not been a crowd pleaser in theaters.

Netflix doesn’t release box office figures, but a quick, unscientific look at Fandango indicates audiences didn’t flock to the $200 million thriller this weekend.

The steamer is counting on their subscribers sampling a few minutes of “The Gray Man” beginning Friday when it hits the platform. Even if no one gets through the film, Netflix will declare a victory.

But in person, “The Gray Man” is not an attraction. Today, for example, The Paris Theater in New York has sold fewer than 10 seats for two shows. Ditto the Cinepolis on West 23rd St. In Los Angeles, about four tickets are sold at the Westwood Landmark.

Otherwise, we can surmise most movie fans are waiting for Friday. Or they’ve read the reviews.

Meanwhile, Netflix is suffering online with “Persuasian,” a Jane Austen adaptation starring Dakota Johnson that is jus awful. I’m a big fan Dakota fan, but this project, let’s say, has gone South. I guess Vanity Fair hadn’t seen it when they put her on the cover. They should have waited til the winter when Apple’s “Cha Cha Real Smooth” — showing Ms. Johnson at her best — has some awards attention.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
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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