Thursday, June 20, 2024

Box Office: “Bullet Train” Speeds to $4.6 Million Previews, “Nope” Drops Chunk of Theaters, “Easter Sunday” No Resurrection


It’s not easy out there in box office land.

Last night Brad Pitt’s “Bullet Train” sped to $4.6 million in previews. Now the whole ride depends on word of mouth and Brad’s good will as reviews are mixed to poor. “Bullet Train” could pull off a big Friday because theaters are air conditioned and a cheap way to escape the terrible weather “gripping the nation,” to quote Al Roker.

My guesstimate is a less than $40 mil weekend but who knows?

Meantime, “Nope” is losing 800 theaters today per Exhibitor Relations. It’s still playing in 3000 locations, but this is Universal’s way of acknowledging that Jordan Peele’s third movie is no “Get Out,” not a phenomenon, and the initial novelty has worn off quickly. This is the equivalent of Donna Langley coming out to the mound and removing Peele before things get worse. If only Aaron Boone would follow Langley’s lead more often, especially with Gerritt Cole.

Let’s not be be Koy: The other bust for the weekend looks to be Jo Koy’s “Easter Sunday,” which has a 33 on Rotten Tomatoes among critics and a low 72 in audience score. This is not going to be the Filipino “Crazy Rich Asians.” Total last night was just $500,000.

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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