Saturday, April 20, 2024

Oscars Did Not Drive Audience to Theaters on Monday: “Oppenheimer” Up Just 1%


Ratings for the Oscars were good, and the ABC broadcast was certainly a showcase for the winners.

But the two movies that should have gotten box office bumps simply didn’t, at least on Monday.

“Oppenheimer” was up just 1% from Sunday with slightly less than $30,000 in its remaining theaters.

“Poor Things” — which won Best Actress and three big craft prizes — was down 14% from Sunday and just under $40,000.

No, the main interests on Monday were seeing “Dune Two” and “Kung Fu Panda 4.” I guess by now everyone who’s wanted to see the Oscar winners has satisfied that urge.

But that was Monday. Yesterday — Tuesday — may be a different, more encouraging story. We’ll check in during the afternoon and see what happened.

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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