Sunday, May 19, 2024

Box Office: Indiana Jones Dial of Destiny Fails to Crack $100 Million Over 5 Day Holiday Weekend


You can’t say “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny” is a failure. Yet.

But the James Mangold directed fifth installment of this famous franchise has not been a break out hit.

Total take for five day July 4th holiday is coming to between $82 and $85 million. The Harrison Ford epic has fallen well short of $100 million, which is a big disappointment.

A lot of fingers will be pointed internally at Walt Disney, but there are some easy things to cite: Cannes wasn’t the place to premiere the film. Also Disney has a lot of trouble with marketing and PR when it’s not a Marvel film, or Pixar (sometimes). Their biggest disaster was Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story,” which should have been a big hit and won a lot of Oscars. But the whole thing went sideways.

“Dial of Destiny” could pick up as the summer proceeds, particularly with good word of mouth, which it has. If you follow social media, each person chimes in with surprised responses. It’s good! Go see it!

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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