Monday, June 17, 2024

“Furiosa” Bombs Scratched Up Garfield at B.O. — Where Did All the Mad Max, Thor Fans Go?


The box office ended with a whimper this weekend.

A cat — wise guy, purring, snarky — went beyond Thunderdome and beat “Mad Max Furiosa” by several hairballs.

“Garfield” — not the biopic of either Andrew or James — made $14 million and took the number 1 spot. “Furiosa” came in THIRD with just $10.7 million, falling a whopping 59% from last week. That’s a big surprise. Not only did “Fury Road” fans not return, but Chris Hemsworth — aka Thor — wasn’t able to open a movie.

Both “Garfield” and “Furiosa” would have benefitted from “Barbenheimer” type cross promotion — “Fur-iosa”? “Furry Road”? “Beyond Litterbox”?

Three new, small films opened modestly, with Bleecker Street’s “Ezra” doing the least amount of business with $1.1 million. “Ezra” is a well meaning, well made, but preposterously written film about a damaged man trying to save his autistic son.

Two studio films that were labeled failures — “The Fall Guy” and “IF” — are each up to $80 million, which ain’t bad. The latter has a shot at $100 million. The former is already on streaming, but $4 million worth of audience went to the theaters this weekend. Not bad!

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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