Friday, July 19, 2024

Box Office: Final Indiana Jones Movie, Dial of Destiny, Lasso’s $7.2 Million in Thursday Previews


Indiana Jones is back for one final movie.

Last night’s previews for “Dial of Destiny,” starring Harrison Ford, Karen Allen and Phoebe Waller Bridge, took in $7.2 million, which is just right for an older-skewing finale to a 40 year old franchise. Disney is saying they expect $65 million for the weekend. They should be able to hit $20 mil a day for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, maybe a little more — that way they can say it “over performed.”

James Mangold managed to wrap this whole thing up pretty neatly. There are a lot of references to the first three movies, and just enough new stuff to bring people in. Phoebe Waller Bridge was an odd choice, as was her character, but it works. And Indy and Marion get a happy send off.

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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