Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Train in Vain: Brad Pitt’s $30 Mil Weekend Excursion Looking for Love Abroad, “Easter” Egged


Tough going over the weekend.

Brad Pitt’s “Bullet Train” left the station but didn’t go far. It was, as the Clash once titled, a “train in vain.” The total for the weekend was $30 mil. The movie cost $90 mil. Abroad, another $30 mil came in, getting us closer but not close enough. August is a long month, it’s possible other passengers will come onboard both here and in other locales.

Universal– which is getting ready to release a hot horror film in “Beast” with Idris Elba — had less luck with “Easter Sunday.” Jo Koy’s Filipino comedy got stuck in a Manila envelope that no one could unclasp. The result was just $5.25 million. Better to flip over to streaming ASAP. “Beast” will come roaring in, I think, and terrify August audiences. We’ll see it tomorrow night.

Whoever put money into Lena Dunham’s “Sharp Stick” is not getting it back. Two weeks in very limited release have brought in $42,000. The movie doesn’t look like it cost very much, but whatever it was, it’s gone. Terrible film that won’t find a home on mainstream streaming. Goodnight and good luck.

“Top Gun Maverick” is still in theaters and made $7 million this weekend. What? Maybe Scientologists are hypnotizing each other into going for a fifth time. Good film, but not this good. Not a film for the ages. But it stays aloft.

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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