Saturday, May 18, 2024

Sony’s “Napoleon” Crashes with Just $32.5 Mil Weekend On $200 Mil Budget, Disney “Wish” Doesn’t Come True


It was the worst of times.

“Napoleon” and “WIsh” were even bigger bombs than guestimated.

Sony’s “Napoleon” made just $32.5 from last Tuesday through today. It has a $200 million budget.

In the same time frame, Disney’s “Wish” took in just $31.7 million.

These receipts are about the same as a business lunch at some Hollywood restaurants. Ouch!

Quel domage! This means that Disney has two Thanksgiving turkeys. The other is “The Marvels,” which itself was DOA.

Disney has no other Christmas release. That’s it. And Sony’s big holiday movie, “Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire,” was moved to next March.

It’s hard to say which of this weekend’s movies was the biggest disappointment, although I’d say “Napoleon.” The whole thing went completely sideways. The strike certainly didn’t help, but neither did Joaquin Phoenix as a press-shy leading man. There was nothing they could do with him. He wouldn’t talk, even at the last minute.

“Wish,” meantime, could catch on if one of the songs suddenly pops out on radio. But so far Ariana DeBose hasn’t appeared anywhere obvious singing — not even on a Macys Parade float. If one of the songs gets an Oscar nomination that would help, but just for the streaming and DVD releases. By the end of January, “Wish” will be long gone from theaters.

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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