Saturday, April 20, 2024

Box Office: Audiences Choose Blue Slightly Over Pink as Comic Book Movie Beats Doll by a Nose


Warner Bros. can only be happy. They have the number 1 and 2 movies of the weekend.

Audiences chose Blue over Pink.. “Blue Beetle” beat “Barbie” by $4 million.

The Beetle had the worst debut ever for a DC Comics movie with $25 million. This was $5 million lower than estimates. But the film had no stars or publicity — the latter thanks to the strikes, which meant no talk shows or interviews.

“Barbie” is booming away, closing in on $600 million perhaps for a final domestic total, $1.2 billion worldwide.

“Oppenheimer” has done better than anyone could have hoped for. “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” is closing in $90 million.

“Strays” stayed in the pound, with no one to adopt it at $8.2 million.

Labor Day can’t come fast enough.

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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