Thursday, June 20, 2024

Box Office: Theater Worries as Animated Japanese Movie About a Boy and a Fish Leads 3rd Lowest Weekend of 2023


It was not a good time at the box office this weekend.

The rough total for all films came in at just over $68 million. Total.

The number 1 film was Hayao Miyazaki’s “The Boy and the Heron,” a Japanese animated film not really for children. It made $12.8 million. For the weekend including Thursday.

Number 2 was the new “Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbird and Snakes.” with $9.4 million.

Even Beyonce’s “Renaissance” movie has turned out to be a big disappointment, picking up $5 million for a total of $28 million. The premiere in London cost more than that!

Movies that should in theaters but aren’t include the whole Netflix group– “Rustin,” “Nyad,” “May December,” and “Maestro,” which is in theaters but there are no box office numbers.

Christmas looms as a bleak time. Warner’s “The Color Purple” should be a massive hit, cross fingers. In the old days, it would have been. But if it doesn’t get Critics Choice and Golden Globe nominations this week, the studio will panic. “The Color Purple” is one of my top 5 movies of 2023. But it’s like a great R&B hit on the singles chart– it needs a lot of love to crossover to the top 40.

Warner’s has some other shots at holiday hoopla with “Wonka” and “Aquaman.” MGM has the great “American Fiction.” And there’s always “The Iron Claw,” which I’ve seen and doesn’t look like a Christmas crowd pleaser.

The good news is that Universal is re-releasing “Oppenheimer” into theaters January 5th. It’s worth second and third look. There’s a lot you miss in the first showing.

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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