Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Where Do The Crawdads Sing? At the Box Office, Despite Bad Reviews, Fans Come to Theaters


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.

Roger Friedman
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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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