Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Box Office: “Fabelmans,” “Tar,” “Women Talking,” All Oscar Movies Up, “Whale” Beached, Billie Eilish Bonanza


The weekend was a gone one for movies nominated for Oscars.

All of them were up a lot. “The Fabelmans” rose by 73%, “Women Talking” — which re-entered theaters completely, was up 144%, “Banshees” cut off a lot of finger up 383%, “Everything Everywhere” — also a total comeback to theaters — made a million bucks, also “Tar” paved its own way,

Not so good was “The Whale,” which failed to get a Best Picture nom but has two acting nods for Brendan Fraser and Honh Chau. The spout fell by 20% over last weekend.

Biggest surprise of the weekend was a two hour, forty minute Bollywood film called “Pathaan,” bringing in $6 million. Neon’s “Infinity Pool” swam to $2.7 million.

And don’t bat an eyelash at Eilish: the mopey pop star’s live concert film. “Live at the 02 Arena,” raked in $1.3 million at 596 theaters, a robust $2,164 per site. That film has no time to die, as they say.

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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