Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Box Office: Mission Impossible Lower Than 2018 Installment As Audiences Turn Off Summer Movies, Aging Stars


It’s really a rough summer in Hollywood.

Not only is the town on a massive strike, but box office receipts are disappointing all the way around.

With traditional promotional venues like late night talk shows closed thanks to the strike, Hollywood has had a lot of trouble pushing its wares.

This weekend, “Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part One” made just $56.2 million. For the comparable period in 2018, “MI: Fallout,” the last installment, made $61 million. “Dead Reckoning” has made a total of $80 million since last Tuesday.

That’s not good news for a much hyped movie upon which millions were spent for promotion.

But Tom Cruise is almost 60 and looking it. Meanwhile Harrison Ford, 80, starred in “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny.” It’s also a big disappointment. Both movies cost well over $250 million.

“The Flash” crashed also because of promotional problems. The star, Ezra Miller, couldn’t do interviews because of all his legal issues.

The big hit is “Sound of Freedom,” a controversial Christian movie. Box office is $85 million, driven by the purchase of ‘free tickets’ from groups and distributed to lottery winners. There’s nothing kosher about “Sound of Freedom.”

And so we wait for “Barbie” and “Oppenheimer” and a needed jolt.

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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