BOX OFFICE: Is “Eternals,” the “Worst Reviewed MCU movie ever,” headed for a Box Office bust?

Chloe Zhao’s “Eternals” isn’t headed down the box office toilet, by any means.

It did a brisk just-under-$10 million Thursday night — below the pandemic era peaks for Marvel movies — and was over $30 million by Friday night.

But as Deadline.com points out, the reviews have been indifferent to bad and Cinemascore polling from folks leaving the theater is telling Marvel and our “Nomadland” Oscar winning filmmaker that they weren’t a good match.

So a $70 million weekend may be what we see, or something in the $60s if Saturday doesn’t pan out. Those are “Ant Man” numbers, nowhere near “Black Widow” or “Venom/Carnage.”

Netflix isn’t reporting the box office take of its soon-to-be-streamed Red Notice.” I will be reviewing that in a few minutes, and the fact that it cost $200 million should make them hope for at least a little cash from the brick and mortar cinemas before it has to pay the rent with the streaming service.

They haven’t had the best of luck with big budget action films, so fingers crossed.

“Dune” is sliding down the charts, and won’t clear $7 million this weekend.

The Kristen Stewart “Spencer” movie about Princess Diana is bombing. I will see that Sunday. Neon’s marketing department is out to lunch (no pitch, no response to queries), which may explain why this Oscar bait with good reviews isn’t doing diddly.

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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