Wednesday, June 19, 2024

George Clooney-Julia Roberts Romcom Already Has $35 Mil in the Bank a Month Before it Opens


George Clooney and Julia Roberts aren’t the only ones to find their tickets to paradise this month. Universal Pictures may have, too.

The two shining Movie Stars are in a romcom that doesn’t open in the US until October 21st. There’s not much press on it here, either, yet.

But “Ticket to Paradise” has already made an impressive $35.8 million in foreign countries. The audiences there don’t care that reviews are middling with a 66 on Rotten Tomatoes among mostly non-US writers. They just want to see two Big Stars on screen in a beautiful setting.

It was very smart to open “Ticket to Paradise” in every country but the US with a long lead. At this rate, the Ol Parker directed love fest could be close to breaking even if not in profit by the time it hits our shores. (You know reviewers here are gunning for it. No one dies, or commits treason, or has a perverse thought in this movie!)

So get ready for October 21st. Let’s hope there are big premieres on both coasts, and a lot of hoopla. This is the kind of movie we need right now: something fun!

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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