Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Animated Friday Night Box Office: “Dragon Ball” Wins the Night, Pawing Idris Elba’s “Beast” Into Submission

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Friday night: anime movie “Dragon Ball Super Super Hero” scored such a big Thursday — $4.3 million– that you might think the numbers would rise exponentially. “DBSSH” put together a $10.7 million opening with Thursday and Friday counted. Another $12 million is likely coming, giving the anime a $22 mil weekend.

Can Idris Elba and his crazy lion from “Beast” jump forward? Well, “Beast” will be the highest grossing live action movie, so that’s something. Thursday-Friday is at $4.3 million. It should come in between $10-$11 million. Maybe reviews shouldn’t have been held til the last minute. The studio couldn’t build excitement. It’s a little strange since “Beast” had a great premiere party that Universal put a lot into. Also, a 68 on Rotten Tomatoes ain’t bad.

And get this: “Top Gun Maverick” is now the 6th highest box office movie, passing “Avengers: Infinity War.” It’s within striking distance of “Black Panther.” Amazing. “Maverick” comes to streaming services on Tuesday.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
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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