Thursday, April 18, 2024

“Aquaman 2” All Wet with 5 Day Holiday Take Just $40 Mil, Warner’s “Wonka” Wows, “Iron Claw” Wrestled to the Ground


Tomorrow concludes a five day holiday weekend at the box office.

So far, “Aquaman 2” is all wet with just $40 million for the five days. Throw him a life preserver! Glub glub glub.

Warner Bros, however, has a hit in “Wonka,” which will clear $100 million later this week. I’m actually surprised this worked so well, but Timothee Chalamet is charming, and the sets are spectacular. This was the family film.

Not everything is booming. “The Iron Claw,” kind of the feel bad movie of Christmas, has made just $5 million over the four days. We’ll see what happens tomorrow. Even with a trio of hot leading men, the movie wrestles with the truth of the von Erich family — it’s a tragedy. Even the best made wrestling movies — think “Foxcatcher” — are not crowd pleasers.

Sony’s rom com “Anyone But You” took in $6.5 million over the four days. I’m reading that it didn’t cost much, but a fortune was spent on ads and publicity.

Big hits: “Poor Things” and “All of Us Strangers” from Searchlight have strong starts. They’re all mixed up in the awards races, too. Quality films. “Poor Things” is not to be missed.

Meanwhile, the repetitive and very grim “Zone of Interest,” which I didn’t think would have a big following in theaters when I saw it in Cannes, is already down 31% from last week and it hasn’t even gotten a middling release yet. I can’t imagine people sitting through this movie, especially at this time of year. Show it in museums! Perfect for MoMA, MOCA, etc.

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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