Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Will Smith’s Book, “Will,” Didn’t Sell Close to 1 Million Copies Despite His Exuberant Claims All Year


Fact check: Will Smith has been recently boasting that he sold 1 million copies of his book, “Will.” See his Insta post below.

Indeed even last February Will posted a video to Instagram jubilantly announcing 1 million copies. And that was a month before he snapped and slapped Chris Rock at the Oscars.

So here’s the real story: according to NPD Book Scan, “Will” has sold 379,700 copies in hardcover in the US. It’s also sold around 50,000 copies in e-books. Worldwide sales, even if excellent, are unlikely to have to 600,000 more copies.

It’s possible, of course, that someone who works for Will told him he sold a million copies. He may really believe it.

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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