Monday, June 17, 2024

Box Office: “Mad Max Furiosa” Sets Unwanted Record for 36th Lowest Memorial Day Weekend Opener


There are 36 movies ahead of “Furiosa: A Mad Max Story” on the all time Memorial Day opening weekend list.

“Furiosa” today become number 36 on the list. That breaks an all time low, or high, depending on how you look at it.

For “Furiosa,” the take from Thursday through today, Sunday, is $25.5 millon.

The movie ahead of it on the Memorial Day weekend list is “Rambo: First Blood, Part 2” with $25.52 million.

This isn’t about the quality of “Furiosa.” George Miller’s film has B+ Cinemascore, and high numbers from Rotten Tomatoes. It’s a well made movie. But the studios have taught the moviegoing audience that if they don’t come out to theaters now, they’ll see “Furiosa” at home by the middle of the summer. So why get off the couch?

The box office is in shambles, also partly due to the strikes from last year. Aside from “Deadpool and Wolverine,” there isn’t a lot of light at the end of the tunnel. Will Smith’s “Bad Boys” movie will be more a test of his popularity two years after he lost his mind at the Oscars and slapped Chris Rock on stage (followed by cursing him out).

The new “Garfield” movie, also out this weekend, has turned into a disappointment, as well.

All of this may be a blessing in disguise for “The Fall Guy” and for “If,” two films that got written off. But they may hold up a bit in theaters for the people still wanting to get out of the house.

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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