Saturday, April 20, 2024

Box Office: Asteroid City, Star Studded, Crashes To Earth with Declining Numbers All Weekend, Low Audience Score


“Asteroid City” has crashed to Earth.

The latest outing for Wes Anderson started strong on Friday with $350,000 in 6 locations.

But on Saturday that number fell to $250,000 and today they’re expecting just $190,000.

Word of mouth isn’t there, and the audience score on Rotten Tomatoes reflects that: just 50%.

Anderson’s last effort, “The French Dispatch,” made only $16 million. This one may not get there at this point.

The audience — even die hard fans of Anderson’s twee tales — may have just tired of the same thing over and over again. Long since passed are the days of his films with real stories and a few characters. Remember how charming “Bottle Rocket” and “Rushmore” were? Then came “The Royal Tennenbaums,” Anderson’s effort to bottle JD Salinger. “The Life Aquatic” made no sense, but Anderson was forgiven. He had a good then with a few films that were totally the same in style: “Darjeeling Limited,” “Grand Budapest Hotel,” and “Moonrise Kingdom.” (There was also my favorite, “The Fantastic Mr. Fox,” with Noah Baumbach.)

But enough is enough. “Isle of Dogs,” animated, never caught on. “French Dispatch” was a puzzlement.

Luckily, there’s word that Anderson’s next one may be a more slimmed down drama about a father and a daughter. There’s also a 37 minute short, though, again stuffed with stars, which will come first. (I don’t know where these “shorts” — like Pedro Almodovar’s “Brokeback Mountain” tribute- are supposed to play.)

Hope springs eternal! We’ll see when the Asteroid goes wide this Friday is there’s a bigger more enthusiastic audience.

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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