Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Box Office UPDATE: Willy Wonka’s Magical Saturday Pushes Prequel to Higher-than-Expected $39 Mil Weekend


Willy Wonka really had a magical weekend.

Warner’s says the total for Thursday through today will come to an astounding $39 million.

That’s quite a bit higher than expected. But big Saturday receipts pushed the total. Word of mouth must have been excellent. Families would have been the driving force.

Elsewhere, Beyonce’s Renaissance Tour movie hit $30.9 million. Friday’s receipts came to $500K, which means there was quite a surge Saturday and expected for today. Final numbers will be out tomorrow for the individual days. I guess Beyonce had an actual Renaissance on Saturday.

Some of the Oscar movies hit the box office this weekend. Best stuff came from Searchlight’s terrific “Poor Things” with Emma Stone, Mark Ruffalo, and Willem Dafoe. The sexy Frankenstein saga opened its run with $2 million in 82 theaters. And that’s just the start! Others coming up behind it include “American Fiction,” “The Zone of Interest,” but Cannes winner “Anatomy of a Fall” — with tons of PR and rave reviews — is already faltering out of the gate.

Roger Friedman
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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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