Saturday, April 20, 2024

Box Office: Gerard Butler’s “Plane” Crash Landing, New “House Party” Ends Early as LeBron James Misses Shot


It wasn’t a very successful weekend for new films at the box office.

Gerard Butler’s “Plane” literally crashed. (It’s a movie, and it failed, so you can say literally.) The total was $11 million through tomorrow, although just $10 million for the four days from Thursday through Sunday. What’s it about? I guess, a plane. They couldn’t call it “Airplane!” for obvious reasons, and if they’d called it “The Plane,” there would have been “Fantasy Island” memes. Maybe they should have called it, “Winging It.” Or, just “Plain.”

Warner Bros. released a dead on arrival remake of “House Party” involving LeBron James as producer. Critics hated it, and audiences weren’t interested. Total b.o. for the weekend was around $3.5 million, Also the audience score was just 62%. LeBron James’s name is a pull for basketball but not for movies. Live and learn.

Meanwhile, “Avatar The Way of Money” is heading to $2 billion worldwide. The US part of that is $562 million, which sounds like a lot (and it is ) but it’s no “Black Panther” (the first, good one) or “Top Gun Maverick.” Never underestimate the international audience. They like images. And apparently, blue ones.

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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