Friday, April 12, 2024

Box Office: Audiences Learned Reality Bites, Ran Away from Timothee Chalamet Cannibal Movie “Bones and All”


So now we know definitely cannibalism is not a topic for a hit movie.

“Bones and All” from A24 and director Luca Guadagnino and starring Timothee Chalamet is a huge flop. It made $3.7 over a five day holiday period.

There will be gnashing of teeth at MGM, which has also killed the “Till” movie about Emmett Till. It’s not like they didn’t have fair warning. Another cannibalism movie, “Fresh,” was closed this spring after getting an F rating from diners.

“Bones and All” will cost MGM something since it’s playing in 2,727 theaters. Someone has to pay that rent.

But audiences gagged at the idea of devouring this ridiculous movie. Yesterday I ran into a long time movie publicist who told me she walked out right away after the munching began. I’m sure she was not alone across the country.

Well, MGM is famous for murdering movies in cold blood. Last year’s pile corpses included “Licorice Pizza,” “House of Gucci,” and “Respect.” This season “Till” features a Best Actress performance by Danielle Dedwyler. There’s even a supporting performance lurking in there from John Douglas Thompson. But MGM or UA or whatever they are have done such a bad job this movie is out of theaters and playing for 19.99 on VOD.

As for “Bones and All” in the theaters, let the purging begin.

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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