Friday, April 12, 2024

George Clooney, Julia Roberts Golden “Ticket” as Romcom Robust at Box Office, Number 1 in Home Viewing


Congrats to Universal Pictures. They knew how to play this one like a Stradivarius.

George Clooney and Julia Roberts’ “Ticket to Paradise” made another $6 million this weekend. The movie had very low fall off from last weekend — just 29%. Wow. The grand total in the US is now $56 million.

What makes this so interesting is that “Ticket to Paradise” was also released to streaming this past week. And it’s number 1 on the Home Viewing chart. This means that equal numbers of people are seeing it in theaters and in their living rooms. That’s pretty impressive!

Will we see a “Ticket” sequel? Seems certain, no? The squabbling couple will no doubt turn up at another lavish locale to bust up a potential wedding — and cause trouble for their newly married daughter. The thing writes itself into a trilogy — see “Meet the Parents,” etc.

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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