Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Box Office: “Panda” Beats “Dune” 2nd Week in a Row, “Society” Not Magical, Sony Hopes “Ghostbusters” Hits


The Box office this weekend was notable for one thing: “Kung Fu Panda 4” beat “Dune Two” for the second week in a row.

The Panda only did it by $900,000. And after all, “Dune” shed 277 theaters while “Panda” added 32. “Dune” has also made $205 million, so Warner Bros. probably doesn’t care at this point. “Panda” has $107 million.

But where was the Dune-Panda marketing a la Barbenheimer? Seems like a missed opportunity! We will never know “Kung Fu Dune”!

Focus Features released a film called “The American Society of Magical Negroes.” I’d never heard of it and apparently no one else did, either. Total for the weekend was $1,250,000. On Rotten Tomatoes, 50 critics gave it a 30% rating. Audience members were at 61%. The title didn’t help.

On Thursday night we get the latest “Ghostbusters” from Sony, which has two stinkers in theaters right now. Their one shining light was the romcom, “Anyone But You,” now on home video. Another flop, they don’t need. But “Frozen Empire” should have a big Thurs-Fri opening, and then we’ll see about word of mouth.

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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