Box Office: “Burnt” bombs, “Crisis” in crisis, “Scouts” tap out

boxofficeKind of a dismal fall at the box office, for those bothering to take notice.

Since most people aren’t going to the movies, that “take notice” seems to be a rare quality, relatively speaking.

“Burnt” is a star vehicle for Bradley Cooper, and while it didn’t manage good reviews and didn’t utterly humiliate him, this romance in the kitchen dramedy will have managed only $5 million or so, based on Friday’s number, when the final tally is sorted Sunday night.

No shame in it. Even if the movie had been terrific, the tone and the setting and the cast wasn’t going to sell a lot of tickets. Even the far lighter and bigger-name-cast (overall) “Chef” took a few weeks to make serious cash. But Cooper cannot open a movie on his name alone.

“Our Brand is Crisis” is not typical Sandra Bullock fare. Her core audience has aged out of moviegoing — waiting for her on Netflix. So the ambitious political dramedy “Our Brand is Crisis” was never going to blow up. Not without Melissa McCarthy co-starring. It’s looking like a $3-3.5 million opening, which won’t cover her makeup bills. Think that’s mean? See the movie. Few others have.

“The Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse” is comical horror counter programming that could have pulled some numbers, had it been funnier, had it had some sort of fanboy tie-in or push. It won’t even crack the top ten. It opened Thursday and will barely clear a million.

So, yes, “The Martian,” is still on top — closing in on $200 million (next weekend?)

Yes, “Goosebumps” is going gangbusters — a surprise hit of the fall.

“Bridge of Spies” is closing in on $50, and feels like an Oscar nominated picture. “Steve Jobs,” spiraling down the drain, does not.

“Last Witch Hunter” and “Paranormal Activity: The Student Film” are flopping. Bill Murray is headed back to supporting roles, as “Kasbah” is not making any cash. It’s about to drop out of the…wait for it… top 20.

About Roger Moore

Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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