Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Box Office: Thanksgiving Turkey Parade Begins as “Wish,” “Napoleon” Get Stuffed


The dismal Thanksgiving week (you can’t call it a weekend) parade of films has begun.

Neither Disney’s “Wish” or Sony’s “Napoleon” will get past $28 million for their six day runs from Tuesday through Sunday.

“Wish” is showing the edge over “Napoleon” as parents will need a place to park children as the week proceeds.

But it’s a sad situation, certainly. The new “Hunger Games” is right behind these two, which isn’t saying much.

Still in theaters: “Killers of the Flower Moon,” which you must see. Forget about the length. This is a sensational film that will not even give you a bathroom break. If you want to see great filmmaking, here it is.

Same for “The Holdovers,” which I watched again last night. This is the most charming film of the season. Paul Giamatti is wonderful, and so are Da’Vine Joy Randolph and newcomer Dominic Sessa.

If you’re into a crazy soap opera with a lot of sexual tension, “Saltburn” is dancing away in limited release. Not an Oscar picture, but a popcorn pleaser. Think “Brideshead Revisited” updated into a Rocky Horror Picture Show. You won’t be bored.

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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