Monday, April 15, 2024

Box Office: “Drive Away Dolls” Run Over with Just $1 Million Opening, Bob Marley Heading to $65 Mil


The Friday box office had ups and downs.

The good news is “Bob Marley:One Love” is heading to $65 million this weekend and looks like it’s going to have long legs. Paramount can only be thrilled.

The film about the reggae and political legend has mixed reviews. But the music is carrying it to success just as it did with the Freddie Mercury and Elton John movies.

That bodes well for forthcoming films about Linda Ronstadt, the Bee Gees, and Michael Jackson.

On the downside: Ethan Coen’s “Drive Away Dolls” is roadkill at this point. The road trip comedy has made $1 million in a full day of release. Odds are the weekend will come to $2.5 million all in. Audience score is down to 36%, which means no one wants to see it unless forced. Could this be headed to Peacock quickly? Makes sense.

PS Academy voters– I was reminded that the way voting works, always put your absolute favorite choice at number 1 on the ballot. Don’t save it for number 2 or 3. For example, don’t think Lily Gladstone is so popular that you can make her number 2. Put her right at the top along with Paul Giamatti, Robert Downey Jr, and Da’Vine Joy Randolph. And best movie? I guess “Oppenheimer” is coming in for the sweep.

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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