Monday, May 20, 2024

Box Office: Audiences Say “Alright” But Not “Yep” to “Nope” with $45 Mil Weekend Eyed


“Nope” is the movie of the moment, and very divisive among critics. Most criticized it on Rotten Tomatoes but gave it a “fresh” because it’s so well made.

Audiences were also ambivalent last night. A $13 million Friday is nothing to sneeze, so “Nope” is looking at a total $45 million weekend.

In terms of cute headline writing, this was more of “alright” rather than a resounding “yep” for “Nope.”

It will all be based on word of mouth, too. The third act goes so haywire. I’m trying to imagine what people say to each other when the movie ends. I know at the press screening there were a lot of hmmmm’s and huh’s but few stayed for the credits. That last part of the film is so exhausting and unsatisfying after a big build up you just want to get to the bathroom and see if the world is still outside.

Otherwise, “Top Gun Maverick” and “Thor: The Funny Years” are booming away. More tomorrow.

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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