Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Box Office: “Super Mario” Heads to Improbable $400 Mil Today, There Was a Reason Beau Was Afraid

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Friday box office news:

Improbably, “Super Mario Brothers” will cross the $400 million line today. It made $14 million last night, so another $28 million tonight and tomorrow puts the animated video game movie on its way to $500 million. I hear Luigi is looking for a bigger slice of the streaming pie coming up, while Mario has just bought a house in Beverly Hills for $46 million.

There was reason “Beau” was afraid of posting box office numbers all week. Increasing to 965 theaters on Friday after being just 4 all week, “Beau is Afraid” took in just over $1.1 million. The audience score on Rotten Tomatoes is just 71%, and the critics rating has dropped to 68%. That’s not too promising for this three hour fever dream of a man, played by Joaquin Phoenix, who’s scared of his mother.

Meanwhile, Guy Ritchie’s “The Covenant,” not to be confused with a half dozen other movies with that name, made $2.5 million last night for a probably $7.5 million weekend. The battle action film has a decent 81 on Rotten Tomatoes, but it may be too intense or violent to cross over into a real hit.

Roger Friedman
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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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