Friday, February 2, 2018

Update on box office totals for "The Post"

The Post is entering its fourth weekend in wide release. To date, the film has earned about $62 million at the domestic box office and $24m foreign, for a worldwide total of about $85m. This weekend already has estimates for another $6m, which would bring its U.S. total close to $68m.  Against a budget of $50m, these are decent receipts. I've read that a film typically needs to make at least 2-2.5 times its budget to actually see profits, as marketing and other costs I probably don't fully understand factor in greatly. Overall though, I imagine that 20th Century Fox is pleased with the results.

What I like most about the fact that the film should have no problem getting over $75m domestic is that it reinforces Meryl as a financial draw for films. Of course I like that good numbers also show that people are actually showing up to her films too, but I care more that it keeps doors open for projects to get greenlit for production.  I remember reading that after The Devil Wears Prada, Meryl was "besieged" with offers due to the film's success, which is apparently what got Julie & Julia off the ground. 

With her only future projects at this point being for TV (Big Little Lies and The Nix), it's exciting to look forward to, and of course speculate on, what might be her next big role for the silver screen.  

Any guesses?

13 comments:

  1. After seeing Lady Bird, I for one certainly hope she does whatever Greta Gerwig has written for her, and with Rob Marshall possibly directing The Little Mermaid I would not be surprised to see her as Ursula. ( as she is seemingly a muse of his as of late alongside Emily Blunt) Hoping The Nix finds a home soon!

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    1. I'd be quite surprised if Meryl were in Little Mermaid. Urusula should be a big fat imposing goblin. Not that Meryl couldn't play that, I just don't think they'd cast her in it.

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    2. Lmao I don't think whoever plays Ursula is going to be made into a fat octopus (not a goblin 😂), that's a bit much (imo), but if Meryl can do a witch (and whatever craziness she apparently looks like in MP Returns), I think she could pull of Ursula just fine as well. Plus, I can totally hear/see her doing Poor Unfortunate Souls 😆

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  2. Did you notice Meryl Streep and Greta Gerwig side by side in the picture of the nominees' lunch? Discussing new projects, maybe?

    Hugo

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    1. I sure did! They've got somethin' cookin'.

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  3. Think Gerwig and Streep are talking about Little Women- Jamie

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  4. Little Women written and directed by a Gerwig and produced by Amy Pascal. Streep and Gerwig have already met about a project?- Jamie

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    1. Although I'd love to see an original character for Meryl from Gerwig, the Little Women idea is a very reasonable possibility. I think it's natural for people to think "do we really need another Little Women movie," but I read this http://lithub.com/why-we-do-need-another-adaptation-of-little-women/ and it made some really good points. I've never read the novel, but I imagine that the mom character would be who Meryl would be up for. Probably a supporting role? Many might think that Meryl is too old to play the mother of teenagers, but we all know she can easily play 15 years younger. Still, it may be a stretch even for her, depending on the adaptation, as the mother was probably more like late 30's in reality, as the oldest daughter in the mid 19th century is 16.

      Let's keep this in mind: Gerwig was quoted about her pending meeting with Meryl last fall as saying she's "writing something for her." That suggests, to me, that the potential Meryl project is not a rewrite of Little Women.

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    2. I agree- I would love her to collaborate on an original project- maybe Little Women will be updated for today- a modern retelling?
      Also if Meryl is part of it- she will not be the mother - she would play the rich Aunt- Jamie

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  5. Lansbury just did this for the BBC

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  6. I would love to see her in an Almodovar or Xavier Dolan's movie.

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  7. screen daily b.o. $40,200,000 overseas top Italy, Spain, France, Greece. mojo box office $ 68,000,00 USA total $ 108,200,000 it s a very very good cume for the POST !

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