Friday, July 19, 2024

Box Office: “Top Gun Maverick” Audience Exhausted as Theater Re-release is A Fly Over


This weekend’s box office was par for the course, with “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” totaling up $394 million. The big 400 is in its sights in a couple of days. The US and international takes are about equal with the total so far around $733 million. That’s about half of what “Black Panther” did, but no one can complain.

Paramount re-released “Top Gun Maverick” to 1,864 theaters. There was not a clamor to see it again, however. The total take there was just $700,000, or $376 per screen. Pretty much everyone in the world has seen this movie at least once or twice, so this was just for promotional purposes.

The really big story is Searchlight’s “The Menu,” which has taken in $24.7 million and has become the coveted word of mouth movie. Someone says, “There’s nothing out there, what should I see?” And their friend replies, “Have you seen The Menu?” That’s what every studio wants! Congrats. Ralph Fiennes is having a moment as he’s also in a hit off Broadway show that no one can get into.

All the smaller Oscar buzzed movies are still struggling, which is too bad. It seems like MGM stopped reporting numbers on “Till” completely. Their “Bones and All” has been eaten alive, as well.

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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