Monday, May 20, 2024

Box Office: “Civil War” Aims at $26 Million Weekend with B- Cinemascore, Mixed Reviews


Alex Garland’s “Civil War” will not be causing riots in the streets, or theaters.

Last night, the overwrought film about America in turmoil made $8 million. Combined with Thursday, they’ve banked almost $11 million.

The weekend projection is $26 million. But “Civil War” is not a crowdpleaser. It has a B minus Cinemascore and a 79% audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes. This means customers who exit the theaters are not excited to come back or tell friends.

“Civil War” is a mess. Rather than being incendiary, it’s flaccid. Just shooting characters in the head without warning doesn’t make compelling drama. I think audiences must have had the same issues as critics: who’s fighting for what? And why?

Meantime, “Godzilla x Kong” is still outselling “Ghostbusters Frozen Empire” three-to-1. Even if “Ghostbusters” does well this weekend it still won’t hit $100 million by Sunday night. That probably won’t happen until the end of next week.

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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