Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Tasty Box Office: Timothee Chalamet, 28, Now Officially a Movie Star as Musical “Wonka” Closes in On $300 Mil Worldwide


Timothee Chalamet blasted off in “Call Me By Your Name” six years ago. Since then he’s been in a couple of films that have made each $108 million total in the US– “Dune” and “Little Women” — but they were arguably ensemble pieces.

Now “Wonka” has scored $110 million in just 14 days. Worldwide, the total so far is $281 million. “Wonka” has turned into a smash hit for Warner Bros, one that could and will go much higher before it finishes its theatrical run. Chalamet, who just turned 28 this week, is a movie star. (So far, the only thing wrong with him is that he’s in the Kardashian orbit.

“Wonka” leads three Warner Bros movies to the top of the box office for the 2023 holidays. “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom” is up to $53 million but will not likely hit $100 million. It’s a write off. But “The Color Purple” is doing great with $32 million in its first week. Plus, “TCP” has a lot of awards action coming. It’s having an excellent run.

Last night’s box office showed a steady continuation from Wednesday night, so the holiday is at least consistent. George Clooney’s “The Boys in the Boat” is still rowing along as the main family film. Sony’s comedy “Anyone But You” isn’t getting a lot of laughs, but will have a big life on airplanes soon. I’m looking forward to seeing it there, without the sound.

PS We’ll probably be seeing a lot of Chalamet as Willy Wonka as Warner’s surely has two more in the oven.

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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