Monday, July 22, 2024

Box Office: Blue Valentine as “Avatar 2” Crosses $600 Mil, “Otto” Is a Grumpy Hit


Amazing as it seems, “Avatar 2” is about to hit another milestone. The James Cameron sequel will cross $600 million tomorrow. Either there’s nothing to see, or people are bored, or they’re going back over and over to figure the whole thing out. Anyway. This is The Way of Water. It flows.

Marc Forster’s “Man Called Otto” starring Tom Hanks is a bona fide hit. They’re up to $35 million. Who’d a thunk it? Hanks as a grumpy curmudgeon has hit a note with the audience. It’s a little like “Forrest Gump” as a senior citizen. Did I think it would strike a nerve? No. But Tom’s actress wife Rita Wilson has turned out to be a very wise producer. After all, she brought us the “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” movies. There’s another one coming soon. Plus, Rita wrote and sang the song in “Otto.” Good deal.

Another hit: Searchlight’s “The Menu” coming close to $40 million shortly. Very quietly done, under the radar, but the movie has caught on like crazy. A satisfying meal!

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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