Thursday, May 30, 2024

Julia Roberts-George Clooney Romantic Comedy Is a Hit with $68 Mil in Bank Before Opening


When “Ticket to Paradise” opens this coming Friday, it comes with a nice dowry.

The Julia Roberts-George Clooney romantic comedy already has $68 million in its bank, every penny of it in different currencies.

“Ticket” has now played successfully in almost every foreign territory including the UK and Australia, where it’s made around $8 million in each country.

The Ol Parker special hasn’t gotten great reviews — just 69% on Rotten Tomatoes — but that won’t matter. Universal Pictures was very wise to open it everywhere first, using Roberts and Clooney’s star power to draw audiences. And even with middling reviews, the first weekend in the US should be pretty good. Just seeing those two calming, glowing Hollywood faces is sort of a relief.

If “Ticket to Paradise” does well enough — a $20 million opening weekend — I say, ask Clooney and Roberts to host the Oscars. We need a throwback to Hollywood glamour. And god forbid if anyone tries to jump on that stage!

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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