Friday, June 21, 2024

Box Office: “Super Mario” Eyes $500 Mil This Week, “Beau” Goes Wide, Judy Blume Blooms, George Foreman Gets Grilled


It’s a typical April at the box office. A lot of rain and hope for May flowers.

Crazy as it seems, “Super Mario Brothers” will hit $500 million domestic Monday or Tuesday. It’s already there internationally, with a worldwide total of $1 billion. I’m told Ms. Pac Man has been busy getting in shape at Canyon Ranch, and has already seen a top cosmetic surgeon. Meantime, Luigi was seen with Julia Fox dining in the same room as David Geffen and his pals last weekend.

“Beau” went wide — to 2,125 theaters– but didn’t catch the ball. Per screen average dropped precipitously, and total box office is now $5.6 million. Why did A24 expand when no one was excited to be tortured by this three hour film?

Judy Blume’s most famous title, “Are You There, God? It’s Me Margaret?” made a very nice $6.8 million. This is a movie for young girls. Reviews are extremely positive, but it’s never going to be a blockbuster. It will be a perennial, so Lions Gate is in for the long run, the big picture.

The George Foreman film was in 3,000 theaters– astonishing for a movie with no press, and no awareness, no stars, — and made $3 million. It got grilled, Sorry. I guess Sony figured they’d make their money in the first weekend and clean the grill later.

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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