Sunday, April 21, 2024

Box Office Update: Few RSVP’s for “The Invitation,” “Three Thousand Years” Snuffed in 3 Days


It was an alarming pre-Labor Day weekend for the box office.

The number 1 movie was “The Invitation.” There were very few RSVPs as the poorly reviewed horror film made just $7 million — one of the lowest number 1 debuts in history.

The rest of the list isn’t very impressive. MGM-United Artists Releasing totally blew whatever opportunity it had for “Three Thousand Years of Longing” from “Mad Max” director George Miller. In three days, those three thousand years were were snuffed out. Total take in a pretty wide release: $2,876,000. A lot of money was lost. There are plenty of special effects, Miller isn’t cheap and neither are Tilda Swinton or Idris Elba. Another big flop from the studio Amazon just bought. Maybe they’ll move it over to Amazon Prime fast.

The re-release of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” made over $1 million in just 255 theaters. It did better than A24’s “Bodies Bodies Bodies” which died in 2,041 locations. Bury those bodies already.

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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