Saturday, June 15, 2024

“Magic Mike’s Last Dance” Panned by Critics, Will Fans of Series Save It Before Streaming Kicks In?


This weekend, starting tonight, we get “Magic Mike’s Last Dance.”

This is part three– and hopefully the end — of Channing Tatum’s “Magic Mike” movies about Chippendale’s like dancers.

Rotten Tomatoes gives it a 48%, meaning rotten, people didn’t like it. We get it.

But it’s Super Bowl weekend, this is counter programming to sports 24/7. The first two movies were hits, although the sequel did about 50% of the business of the first. “Magic Mike XXL” took in $66 million.

If “Last Dance” falls another 50%, then uh-oh. Warner Bros. is only releasing “Last Dance” to 1,500 theaters. The guess is that soon it will hit HBO Max, and that will be that. Stay tuned tomorrow for preview numbers.

PS Salma Hayek is in this film. She was nominated for an Oscar for “Frida.” She has enough money to start her own production firm and make a couple of movies for herself that are awards worthy. She can do it. She’s that good. These kinds of films are not up to her standards.

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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