The crawdads sang a nice tune for Sony Pictures this weekend.
The movie adaptation of Delia Owens’ best selling book, “Where the Crawdads Sing” warbled up $17 million starting Thursday through today.
The movie has a $25 million budget so it’s a win for Sony which will make money on it.
“Crawdads” was panned by critics who gave it a 37 on Rotten Tomatoes. But this was a case of the book’s fans turning out to see their story on the screen. New York Magazine said: “The movie is resolutely faithful to the incidents of the novel, but it doesn’t seem particularly interested in standing on its own, in being a movie. It feels like an illustration more than an adaptation.”
Peter Travers, who is usually positive about most movies, said in his ABC News review: “The Delia Owens bestseller about sex and murder in the Carolinas comes to the screen as an antiseptic, airbrushed, miscast misfire that takes so few risks with the publishing phenom that it feels more embalmed than a freshly imagined version of the book.”
Well, it didn’t matter. And star Daisy Edgar Jones is getting good notices.