Saturday, June 15, 2024

Box Office: “Air” Remains Aloft, “Super Mario” Still Super, “Beau” Scared to Death


Weekend box office:

Ben Affleck’s “Air” is notable in that continues to make money and have very little fall off — just 29% — from last week. Still headed nicely to $50 million and then some, “Air” shows a steamer — in this case, Amazon — did the right thing to put their quality film into theaters first before going onto their platform.

“Super Mario” — yes, $434 million. The goal of $500 million is in focus.

“Beau is Afraid” is up to $3.1 million, adding 965 theaters where a lot of people were obviously perplexed at how this movie got made. If you’re waiting for Broadway star Patti Lupone to appear as Joaquin Phoenix’s mother, I’m told it’s two hours before you see her. Two hours! I guess you could go see “Air,” then sneak into “Beau.”

Guy Ritchie’s “The Covenant” made $6 million, so that’s over. MGM strikes again. “Evil Dead Rise” made $23 million in its debut. Horror works if it’s not self indulgent, and three hours long! Beau would be more afraid if he were in that movie!

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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