Home Movies Summer Box Office Hell: Warners Shuts Down Flop “The Kitchen” After 3… Weeks, Drops Almost All Theaters 


Melissa McCarthy must wonder what the heck is going on with her career. Earlier this year she was nominated for an Oscar in “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” She’s a terrific actress and comedian. She won an Emmy for playing Sean Spicer so hilariously on “SNL.”

But her new movie, “The Kitchen,” is such a dud that Warner Bros. is pulling it almost completely from release on Friday. According to Exhibitor Relations, hey’re cutting its run from 2,700 theaters to just around 600. It’s over, dead, gone.

So far “The Kitchen” has earned just $11 million in its two and a half weeks. It’s been a big disappointment was Warners, as it co-stars Tiffany Haddish and Elisabeth Moss. They must also wonder what’s going on.

But no liked “The Kitchen.” Reviews were terrible. It has a very low 22 rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Warners is in the soup right now. “Blinded by the Light” is also DOA after 5 days in release. They’ve made around $6 million (rounding up), but it’s over. The Bruce Springsteen-scored movie was supposed to be a big hit. Only, no one did marketing or publicity. The audience was confused, since “Yesterday,” a similar movie, is just finishing its run and has made $70 million. What a mess.

Now Warners is grappling with “It,” Chapter 2. The first installment was a monster hit. But now there’s been very mixed to a bad reaction to early screenings. “It” hits on September 6th, and reviews will be held up to the last minute. This sounds like strike 3 in a bad summer.

The good news for Warners is that they’ve got “The Goldfinch,” which everyone has high hopes for, and “The Joker,” which should be a smash. In December they’ll have Clint Eastwood’s Richard Jewell movie. I’ve also heard great things about “The Good Liar” with Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen. So the fall will exceed the summer, and then no one will remember the bad times.


by Roger Friedman

Divorce! Sony Splits with Disney Over Spider-Man, Separating Peter Parker Once Again from Marvel Universe

Spider-Man is an orphan once again, and Tom Holland, the current Peter Parker, could be out of a job.

Sony Pictures apparently refused to make a 50/50 deal with Disney-Marvel over the latter’s participation going forward with Spider-Man movies. The result is that Spider-Man will return to Sony without his Marvel buddies, to start his own universe. The Avengers, with whom Spider-Man has been involved now for several movies including the colossus “Endgame,” will go on without him.

For eons, Spider-Man had been parked at Sony getting his own movies. Then the Marvel Universe took off at Disney. The studios reached an agreement so that Spider-Man could be part of the Marvel gang in Disney movies. The Marvel characters then appeared, at last, in the recent two Spider-Man movies starring Tom Holland. Disney was paid a small fee for the exchange.

But now according to reports Marvel’s Kevin Feige– who waved a magic wand over Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Far From Home — will not continue to work with Sony’s Tom Rothman or the studio. He’s out. Reports say Rothman wouldn’t even talk to Disney.

“Far from Home” has turned out to be Sony’s highest-grossing movie ever. Sony should be sending thank you notes to Feige. After all, the last set of Spider-Man movies did not work out so well. But now Sony has called for a divorce. It’s not going to end well.

Disney-Marvel and Feige must be shocked. They weaved Spider-Man into their films as the successor to Robert Downey, Jr.’s Iron Man. That plotline and character arc are now gone. At Sony, their choice will be whether to proceed with Tom Holland in more movies, or cut him loose and start over again. Sony has a history of killing the Spider-Man franchise when it’s successful. They did it to Tobey Maguire when they replaced with Andrew Garfield. Now they may do it again.

Don’t worry about Tom Holland. He’s 23, loaded, and very talented. The world is his oyster. But for Marvel movie fans, it’s a big loss.