Monday, May 27, 2024

Box Office: “Godzilla” A Monster, But “Monkey Man” Apes Him, “Ghostbusters” Frozen Below $100 Mil


This weekend’s box office:

“Godzilla x Kong” is still a monster at theaters. Total is up to $135 million. These two guys had a $31 million weekend! There are talks not at Warner’s to get them into a reboot of “Lethal Weapon” or “Starsky and Hutch.” Kong said he’s open to talks!

The success of “GxK” is in direction opposition to “Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire.” The Sony film has been out a week longer than Zilla and is $50 million behind! Stuck at $88 Million, “Frozen” is just as the title says. Will it hit $100 million? Will it matter? And why did Dan Aykroyd miss the big press day a couple of weeks ago?

Dev Patel became an overnight star in “Slumdog Millionaire,” along with Freida Pinto. Patel has had plenty of star turns in various films since then, but there was no indication he would become a star director too. Now his “Monkey Man” has made $10 million in its opening weekend. The social media response and critics all agree that the film is a keeper. So is Patel. Exciting.

The faith based Christian movie “Someone Like You” aka “Twin Love,” made $3 million. It was “four-walled” at theaters — meaning producers paid to have it played. But Christian audiences liked the idea of a guy finding his dead girlfriend’s twin and shtupping her. They should have called it “Carbon Copy.” Or “Cherry 3000.”

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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