Saturday, May 18, 2024

Box Office: It’s Tough Out There, Not Just for Indy and The Flash, But for Asteroid City and Jennifer Lawrence, Too


The big story at the box office are the big movies. Both “The Flash” and “Indiana Jones” are terrible disappointments.

“The Flash” is actually dead. “Indiana Jones” came in too exactly at $60 million today. It will be interesting to see if that number is a little high or low when the receipts come in tomorrow.

But it’s also tough out there for “smaller” movies. “Asteroid City” is starting to collapse. Wes Anderson’s twee of celebrities fell a sharp 58% from last week. It’s up to $18 million but a goal of $40 million is looking unlikely.

Jennifer Lawrence’s “No Hard Feelings” is also at a cross roads. The R rated comedy dropped 50% this week, and has $30 million in the bank. So Jennifer gets paid on the first dollar, but Sony may find itself pushing for big international sales soon. What will always remain is Jennifer in her birthday suit, ready for clipping from the streaming and DVD versions.

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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