Thursday, April 18, 2024

Studios Begin Yanking Misfires Asteroid City, No Hard Feelings, The Flash from Huge Numbers of Theaters to Make Way for Potential Hits


The party is over for Hollywood studio misfires of the last month.

Start saying goodbye to “The Flash,” “Asteroid City,” and Jennifer Lawrence’s “No Hard Feelings.”

The breakthrough audiences weren’t there, so after first big weekends, the studios are not going to keep paying theaters to keep them running.

Today, for example, “The Flash” is losing 995 spots. We won’t belabor the whole “Flash” saga. It’s made $102 million over a long time, and is dying on the vine.

But also mostly dead is Wes Anderson’s “Asteroid City.” Despite an all star cast, Anderson’s movie was for his niche audience — and they’ve seen it by now. “AC” loses 790 locales today. Total take: just $21 million in the US. It’s a big disappointment.

Also winding to an end is “No Hard Feelings.” Jennifer Lawrence, an Oscar winner, runs around naked and delivers crude dialogue. What a mistake. She’s also a got a teen boy in the story who doesn’t care. (Imagine if that kid had a libido.) They could have called this “There’s Something About Jennifer” if it had been funny. Total b.o.: $34 million US, $20 mil international, so they’re pulling it from 522 spots.

Next up, the summer’s big three — “Mission Impossible,” “Oppenheimer,” and “Barbie.”

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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