Monday, April 22, 2024

Boxing Day Box Office: Warner Bros. Holds the Top 3, “Color Purple” Adds $7 Mil, “Wonka” Rises to Top


The day after Christmas and all through the country…

Warner Bros. held onto the top 3 for a second day. “Wonka” and “The Color Purple” switched spots with the former rising to number 1 — kids are in the house. “The Color Purple” dropped to number 3 with a very healthy $7 million. It’s up to $25 million, which is amazing. Go see it — one of the most joyous and wonderful films of the last few years.

George Clooney’s “The Boys in the Boat” from MGM is the family film of the holiday. It’s Clooney’s best work in years. If you love sports movies, it’s for you. Extremely well made and very entertaining. “The Boys” added $3 million last night.

Really not doing well: A24’s “The Iron Claw,” which has good reviews and Zac Efron but is a total downer of a movie for Christmas. Also, the studio’s “Zone of Interest” is of little interest considering its subject matter. Who wants to see a movie about the Nazis who lived outside a concentration camp ignoring what’s going on inside? Also, the sounds of the killings is constant on the soundtrack. Not a long film by today’s standards, but repetitive and off putting.

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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