Saturday, May 18, 2024

Box Office: Audience Flocks to Old Films with Lack of New Releases: 1975’s “Jaws” in Top 5


I’ve been telling you all week that the box office was hitting new lows. There are no new releases, and the summer films have been exhausted.

So it should come as no surprise that “Spider Man: No Way Home” has returned to the number 1 spot. It was released last fall, made $800 million, and then went to cable and home video.

Nevertheless, Sony has added extra footage and re-released ir into 3,935 theaters. Last night it made $1,750,000 and finished at the top of the box office.

Also, since nature abhors a vacuum but loves a horror film, Bruce the Shark is back. Steven Spielberg’s breakthrough movie, “Jaws,” from 1975, finished 5th on Friday’s list. It made $870,000, and followed another recent Spielberg re-release, “E.T.,” up the charts.

Spielberg’s movies remain as fresh as ever. Even though they are widely available on video on demand or DVD, the audience will always come back to them. It doesn’t hurt that this has been a summer of many reported shark attacks in real life.

Even though Bruce remains a star, it’s unlikely he’ll turn up in Spielberg’s new movie, “The Fablemans,” but we’ll see next week when that one opens at the Toronto Film Festival!

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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