Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Box Office: Barbenheimer Combo Hits $750 Million After Just 22 Days, But Newest Film of Week Opens in 5th Place


The “Barbenheimer” express is booming along.

Last night, “Barbie” crossed the $500 million line and “Oppenheimer” hit $250 million. That’s just in 22 days of release. Cowabunga! The cross marketing of these films was absolute genius. The result is big bucks for everyone, especially the movie theaters. They’re no doubt selling popcorn and soda by the ton.

On the negative side, “The Last Voyage of the Demeter,” which cost around $60 million, capsized last night with just $1.9 million. This will be a total write off for Universal. No one knows what a Demeter is, and apparently no one wants to.

“Asteroid City” meanwhile is still playing in 63 theaters despite starting on Peacock streaming. It made $10,000 last night, which can be added to its total of $27.8 million. Even if the entire A list cast was paid scale, just the cost of shooting in Spain and flying everyone around first class, plus the hotels and food etc, the P&L sheet on this movie must be fascinating. One actor who has no lines told me he was there for six weeks!

Roger Friedman
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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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