Monday, May 20, 2024

Box Office: “Super Pets” Fall Short, “Nope” Takes Big Drop, “Crawdads” Still Singing


The weekend box office is an omen for the rest of August: these are the dog days of summer.

“DC League of Super Pets” made $23 million, which is a lot less than an animated movie should make mid summer. Where did all the parents dump their kids? Not here. This movie cost a reported $90 million. Kind of a big disappointment.

“Nope” is a horror. Well, not really. Jordan Peele’s third film has already made a shocking $80.5 million in two weeks, but the drop off in week 2 was 58%. While $100 million is lurking out there, the numbers could have been higher if the movie had been, uh, good.

But the big hit is “Where the Crawdads Sing.” Not well reviewed but popular because of the book. The movie cost $25 million and has made $53 million. There’s no sign of major slowdown. Nice bit of counter programming.

What’s next? “Bullet Train” is coming this Friday. And then, not much through Labor Day.

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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