Thursday, May 23, 2024

Box Office: “Creed III” Sacked in 2nd Weekend, Adam Driver Faces His First Real Flop Critically and Financially


“Creed III” started its run last weekend with knockout punches all kinds of other big boxing puns.

But in a true test, the second weekend has “Creed III” on the ropes. Friday’s box office fell 66% from last Friday. It seems like the big money was made in round 1, and round 2 may not fare so well.

This may be the way movies are going right now. Big opening weekends, followed by big fall offs. It used to mean a lot to have “legs,” but right now those legs are wobbly. “Creed III” will still hit $100 million by Monday or Tuesday, but that propulsive element is gone.

Meanwhile, Adam Driver is facing his first real flop with “65,” a title that sounds like it’s referring to retirement. Maybe it is, I have no idea. But “65” has disastrous reviews and just $4.4 million for its opening night. This is no “Star Wars” for Driver, who’s already had another off the books flop with Netflix’s “White Noise.” (Remember how “White Noise” was going to be their big Oscar movie?)

In the good news department, Paramount’s got a hit with “Scream 6.” They made $20 mil over Thursday and Friday. This is a huge leap from the last “Scream” movie in 2022. Horror of horrors, the new installment recalls the halcyon days of “Scream” when it first launched from Miramax decades ago. This episode has Courteney Cox, but no Neve Campbell, who turned it down after a low ball salary offer. You just never know how these things will go.

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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