Friday, July 19, 2024

Box Office: Tuesday Previews Point to Disappointing Holiday Week Debuts for Disney’s “Wish,” Sony’s “Napoleon”


Hollywood has one thing to give thanks for tomorrow: the strikes are over.

At the same time, the movie biz doesn’t look like it will have a very profitable holiday week with two new releases: Disney’s “Wish,” and Sony’s “Napoleon” (with Apple).

Last night’s previews were pretty disappointing, although that may have had a lot to do with the terrible weather conditions for most of the country.

“Wish” made just $2.3 million. “Napoleon” took in $3 million.

Will things improve tonight and over the weekend? Both studios hope so, by a lot. Unfortunately, reviews for both movies are lukewarm. “Wish” now has the lowest rating of any Disney animated film ever, just 48%. “Napoleon” is better at 65%, but not very inspiring to get people out of their houses.

It looks like the big winners this weekend will be more Taylor Swift and “Hunger Games.” We’ll see what happens.

PS I’m told that one of the weird parts of “Napoleon” is that Joaquin Phoenix is pretty tall. Napoleon was famously short, and as my friend Bill McCuddy pointed out, there’s a whole complex named for him. At least he’s got the hat!

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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