Wednesday, April 24, 2024

What’s Da Matter with “Demeter”? Vampire Cruise Flick Crashes and Burns in 5th Place Debut


What is da matter with “Demeter”? Who can say, really, except that critics hated it, do did bloggers. Universal knew and put nothing into it.

And now the $45 million Dracula on a cruise flick has died at sea. Total take for the weekend was $6.5 million, which is more than anyone would have predicted. It could be the air conditioning in the theaters was the attraction.

“The Last Voyage of the Demeter” finished in 5th place for its debut week, and will sink like the Titanic now. Best bet is get it over to streaming ASAP.

Otherwise, the box office was dominated by “Barbie” and “Oppenheimer,” which continue to roll along steadily and strongly.

Paramount is actually having better luck with “Teenage Mutant Turtles” than with “Mission Impossible Dead Reckoning Part 1.” The latter continues to run $30 million behind the last “MI” movie, “Fallout,” and may never get near $200 million.

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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