Sunday, May 26, 2024

Box Office: It’s Zendaya’s World as “Challengers” Scores $15 Mil Weekend, “Dune Two” Approaches $280 Mil


The biggest movie star right now is Zendaya.

The 27 year old actress from Oakland, California stars in the number 1 movie of the weekend, and the movie that’s made the most money.

Zendaya Coleman leads “Challengers,” which had a $15 million weekend and came in at number 1.

She’s also one of the main players in “Dune Two,” now nearing $280 million and maybe heading to $300 million if Warner’s just lets it sit in theaters.

Aside from Zendaya movies, the box office is a tepid place and getting worse. “Challengers” is number 1 but it has a $55 million price tag. So the future is not that bright unless there’s a sudden wave.

The number 2 movie is “Unsung Hero,” a Christian film that made $7.5 million in its first weekend. Critics panned it, but the usual suspects are driving ticket sales.

Elsewhere, desperate for product, studios have re-released “Alien,” “The Mummy,” and “Shrek 2” to theaters.

What is everyone talking about, however? “Baby Reindeer,” an uncomfortable series on Netflix about a British comedian bartender who was groomed and raped by a mentor, has a trans woman girlfriend, and is being stalked by an overweight sociopath. Oy.

One month to go before Netflix puts “Hit Man” into theaters for two weeks. Can we last that long?

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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