Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Box Office: “Indiana Jones” Pushed to Second Place by Horror Film But Harrison Ford Isn’t Giving Up, Films Warm Message to Fans

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Harrison Ford isn’t throwing in the towel.

Even though “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny” fell 58% this weekend, to second place, the star who’s played him for 40 years issued a warm message to fans on social media this weekend. You can see it below.

“DoD” isn’t a bomb but it’s not what was hoped for. It has around $250 million in worldwide sales so far, but it’s struggling to stay afloat. In years to come it may pay off on streaming and DVD, TV sales, too as it joins the four other films. One day someone will be watching it and say, “Hey, that was great.” But for now, it’s a wash.

“DoD” lost its top spot to “Insidious: The Red Door,” which made $32 million If you like horror films, especially from Blumhouse, that’s a great success. Of the films, “DoD” will probably last longer. But right now, that doesn’t matter.

Elsewhere, more free tickets– thousands – pushed “Sound of Freedom” to nearly $40 million total. This is absurd, of course. Religious organizations are paying for their followers to see the movie, so they’re getting in free. I signed u for a free ticket to see how this works. It took a few days to get a response, but if I want to cash it in, I can. (I won’t.) The whole enterprise has cult like markings and its box office report should reflect that.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
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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