Wednesday, April 24, 2024

New “Mean Girls” Musical Film Number 1 with $50 Mil, Running Slightly Ahead of 2004 Original Comedy


The new “Mean Girls” is a hit.

Tina Fey’s musical version of her 2004 movie hits $50 million today after 10 days in theaters.

The original comedy came out in 2004. On its 10th day, the first film was at $42 million. So the new one is ahead by 17%.

On the other hand, that $42 million would be worth $68 million today. So let’s say the new movie is slightly ahead. At least, there’s a lot of enthusiasm for it.

The new movie also based on Fey’s Broadway musical, which was a solid hit for almost two years, from 2018-2020.

That’s a lot better than a new release called “I.S.S.” from Bleecker Street. I had no idea until last night this title existed. It made just $3 million over the weekend. Even if it only cost $13 million, the future is very cloudy for whatever this movie is. Bleecker Street has had a lot of trouble recently. This is the third movie in a row they’ve released into the abyss including Meg Ryan’s comedy, “What Happens Later.”

But cheers to Tina Fey, who does seem to be on the fast track to be Lorne Michaels’ successor as producer of “Saturday Night Live.” That would be so meta, since she produced and wrote “30 Rock,” which was a parody of “SNL.” If she does get the job, she should put Amy Poehler on every week, and Kate McKinnon on once a month.

PS The star of “Mean Girls” — Renee Rapp — was featured on “SNL” last night as musical guest.

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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