Sunday, May 19, 2024

Box Office: “The Creator” DOA for Disney, “Paw Patrol” Wags the Tale, as $100 Mil “Saw X” Slices Through the List


Not a sterling weekend at the box office, as we expected.

Disney spent at least $100 million making the very good sci fi movie, “The Creator.” But the title is terrible, no one knows what it is, and so receipts were minimal — just $14 million. What a shame. Lack of promotion played a big part, but also just indifference. “The Creator” is a film you’ll recommend to friends in years to come, and they will say they never heard of it. Too bad.

“PAW Patrol” the sequel won the weekend with $23 million. Families needed a movie, and this was it. The first “PAW Patrol” made a total of $40 million, but that was two years ago in the middle of the pandemic panic.

“Saw X” — was there a Saw 9? Anyway, good reviews pushed this one to $18 million, which is probably what it cost.

Sony expanded “Dumb Money” but did nothing to help it. so the total was $3.5 million. Again, when it’s streaming people will say “That was a good movie, how come I didn’t know about it?”

The biggest calamity remains “Expendables 4,” which has so far earned just $13.2 million, which is what Sylvester Stallone spends on lunch.

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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