Monday, June 17, 2024

Dreary Box Office Points to Record Low Weekend as Garfield the Cat Battles Mad Max Again


Sad to say, it’s a dreary weekend at the box office. The weekend is probably going to be a record low point.

There were allegedly four new indie releases, but none of the companies have released numbers from last night so far. I think we know what that means.

Back among the big guys, “Garfield” and “Furiosa” are tied for total grosses at $41 million through today. Neither of them is a success. I would say, having met with some box office people last week, that they are crushing disappointments.

Like “The Fall Guy,” “Furiosa” should have been a hit. Is this the end for Max Max? Or was it the casting? Anya Taylor Joy maybe shouldn’t have been expected to open a movie. When Charlize Theron did “Fury Road,” she already had an Oscar. She was a NAME. Anya isn’t there yet.

One bright spot: Paramount’s “IF,” was a slow starter but has hung in there with families. They’re up to $72 million. It’s still unclear how much steam is left, but so far we haven’t had to write IF-Not.

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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