We’re off to the races with the main Oscar movies so far at the box office.
Will Smith’s “King Richard” took in $ 1.920 million on Friday night as he embarked on a long journey into awards season. “King Richard” is also playing on HBO Max, which will temper its box office numbers. But the story of Serena and Venus Williams and their father, Richard, is a MOVIE and should really be seen in a theater for the experience. There are so many great performances in it and they will all be rewarded with nominations in the weeks to come.
In a limited release so far, Kenneth Branagh’s “Belfast”, also top Oscar winner, is bringing audiences into theaters. Last night, “Belfast” rose to $ 2.8 million with a solid $ 462 per cinema. “Belfast” is a must-see, with Judi Dench, Jamie Dornan and the music of (the wise old man) Van Morrison for a glorious film.
Blockbuster enthusiasts will comment on “Ghostbusters: Afterlife,” which appears to be heading for a $ 38 million weekend. That’s less than the huge numbers from the last “Ghostbusters” movie in 2016, but nothing to worry about. Can’t wait to see him on a plane someday.
And “The French Dispatch” is holding up, with a total of nearly $ 13 million to date.
More tomorrow. It’s a beautiful day. Go to the movies this weekend!