Monday, June 17, 2024

“Furiosa” Nervosa as Mad Max Movie Opens to Iffy Box Office, “Garfield” De-clawed, Scratching Around


Saturday: today, tonight are crucial for the new releases of the week.

So far, “Furiosa” is making everyone nervosa. The “Mad Max” story has made just $10.5 million from previews through last night. It’s actually following the path of the most recent new release, “If.” It’s hoped that “Furiosa” will add $20 million on Saturday and Sunday.

The return of “Garfield” the cat for family viewing is also scratching the furniture. We need some purring. “Garfield” has grossed $8.4 million over the two day opening. Its claws could be sharper After all those mixed metaphors, let’s hope it doesn’t cough up a hairball. Are families too complacent at home?

It does look like a historically low Memorial Day weekend is coming to the box office. If only “Hit Man” were reporting numbers, we’d have something exciting to report. But it’s not playing anywhere. Thanks, Netflix. This is no help.

There are plenty of seats today at the Paris Theater, by the way. No surprise, everyone’s away for the weekend. What a mess.

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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