Thursday, April 18, 2024

Box Office: Game On as “Barbie” from Mattel Knocked Off Number 1 by “Gran Turismo” Movie from PlayStation


“Barbie” is no longer the number 1 movie made from plastic.

The new kid in town is “Gran Turismo.” The former film is from Mattel, the latter from PlayStation (and Sony).

The toy department has suddenly taken over the movie business.

Last night, “Barbie” was knocked off its perch at number 1 by “GT,” and by four million dollars. The $8.5 million “GT” opening includes $1.8 million in Thursday previews.

“Barbie” needn’t worry her pretty pink world, though. She’s fast approaching $600 million domestic. The end of her run will come after Labor Day as kids go back to school and life returns to what some call normal.

“GT” is based on a video game about kids who play the game but then become real race car drivers. It’s a true story with Orlando Bloom and David Harbour playing the adults. Bloom rarely works anymore after making so much money from Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” series. Harbour has turned his role in “Stranger Things” into the stepping stone of all time.

Sunday — tomorrow — is $4 day at the movies so everything will be sold out.

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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