Sunday, July 21, 2024

Kevin Costner: “The Postman” Rings Twice as Poor “Horizon” Advanced Ticket Sales Echo Star’s Other Flops


Kevin Costner’s “Horizon” opens Thursday night in previews. According to Fandango seat maps, not a lot of people have purchased advanced tickets.

In fact, most theaters in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles show just a few seats sold — like four or five at most.

The Thursday previews are wide open. So are Friday shows. I checked the 7pm show in all cities, and right now you can buy 20 at a time if so desired.

Costner is no stranger to huge flops. Two of the biggest in movie history are on his resume: “Waterworld” and “The Postman.” With “Horizon,” another vanity project, Costner may get to put his stamp on this category: The Postman always rings twice.

“Horizon” is a three hour part 1 of two films coming this summer, like it or not. In part 1, Costner himself evidently doesn’t show up in the first hour. Costner is relying heavily on Sam Worthington — whose screen profile is mostly as a blue Avatar — and the always welcome Sienna Miller to carry the show.

Audiences don’t seem excited. The really big hit of the weekend is set to be “A Quiet Place: Day One,” from Paramount, which already has sold out shows. This is the third chapter in a very successful series, which spells stiff competition for an unknown quantity. Original three hour film about the Civil War vs. scary, slimy aliens?

Costner also goes into “Horizon” with a lot of bad will from his “Yellowstone” fans. He’s finally conceded that he’s not going back to the hit show, although everyone knew that. Costner had been insisting up until last Friday that he could return. But the final episodes were mapped out long ago, and that ship has sailed.

“Horizon” Part 2 comes in August, although if Part 1 is ignored, Warners/New Line will really have a problem. Might they move it to Max? The film has a “rotten” 47% among critics on Rotten Tomatoes.

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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