Saturday, June 22, 2024

Box Office: Ben Affleck’s “Hypnotic” Goes to VOD After Collapse, Disney’s “Little Mermaid” Hits But Falls Short of Target


Wrapping up the weekend box office.

Robert Rodriguez’s “Hypnotic” was really a bust. Released by Ketchup Entertainment, it never made it out of the bottle. Today, “Hypnotic” goes to streaming platforms after a short, sad run. Total take was $4.7 million. Funny how this stuff works. Star Ben Affleck has had such a big hit with “AIR,” which will be going to the Oscars. But “Hypnotic” failed to hypnotize anyone…

Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” made $117 from last Thursday through yesterday, which sounds pretty good. But it fell short of a hope for $120 million and was kind of less than celebratory in its debut. Maybe “Mermaid” will have fins and keep swimming as school gets out.

A24 managed to botch Julia Louis Dreyfus in “You Hurt My Feelings,” a terrific little film made by Nicole Holofcener. I guess they weren’t used to a regular, understandable movie told in one universe. Well, with their connections, “You Hurt My Feelings” will at least get on the NBR’s Indie film list. That’s something.

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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