Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Box Office: Warners Trio Booms as “The Color Purple” Crosses $50 Mil, “Wonka” Rules, Even “Aquaman 2” Eyes Prize


Friday box office takeaway: Warner Bros. trio booms.

“The Color Purple” crossed $50 mil last night. This is big stuff. The movie got a late start and missed some potential prize publicity. The Golden Globes didn’t even nominate it for Best Picture Musical or Comedy. I mean, wasn’t getting a Black picture in there the group’s only mandate this year?

Anyway, I digress. “The Color Purple” was nominated for the Critics Choice Awards next Sunday, will be a SAG Best Ensemble, and certainly a Best Picture for the Oscars. All of that will keep the ball rolling nicely.

Meanwhile, “Aquaman 2” should hit $100 million by tomorrow or Monday. It cost a fortune and got bad reviews, but little by little it swam and didn’t sink. Yes, it cost a fortune, but it’s not all wet. I’m sure there will be a big write off coming, but for now, it’s not a total embarrassment.

And “Wonka” at $150 million is a solid hit. So Warners’ marketing and distributing plans were sound, they rule the ‘wood right now.

A24’s “The Zone of Interest” has played in 6 theaters for 22 days. Last night’s small take was 32% off last Friday. This is the Zone of Disinterest. I said in Cannes this movie should just play in museum showings. And that’s the way it’s going.

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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