Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Box Office: “Wakanda” Business Booming with No Competition as Most Everything Else Falls


Friday’s box office laid out a path to glory for “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.” Steaming past $300 mil domestically, “WF” was actually up 1% over last Friday. Nature abhors a vacuum and that’s what we’ve got since Hollywood is offering nothing for counter programming.

The only movie that would fit that bill is the George Clooney-Julia Roberts romcom, “Ticket to Paradise.” An unlikely hit, the travelogue is up around $65 million despite being available on video on demand. Not bad!

But everything else, all the small movies that would be part of awards talk, have failed. Universal has had a bad time with “Tar,” ” She Said,” and “Armageddon Time” — the latter made just a million bucks and is already out of circulation. Disney’s “Strange World” is doing no business, and the cannibal movie, “Bones and All,” is probably causing some executives to be chewed out.

Two successes, though: “The Fabelmans” went up to 600 theaters and hit its numbers. And “The Menu” from Searchlight is a hit.

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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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