Who could have predicted audiences would steer clear of a story about a stolen kitty?
“Keanu,” powered by the comedy team of Key & Peele, underwhelmed at the box office over the weekend. The soft projections had the R-rated comedy coming in at $10 million. It actually generated just $9 million.
Some outlets, like Deadline.com are already spinning on Key & Peele’s behalf. The bigger mystery remains. Why would a duo known for comedy soaked in social commentary bank on a cute kitty movie as their breakout vehicle?
In other entertainment news…
- Jon Bernthal didn’t last a full season on “The Walking Dead,” but now he’s got a show to call his own. Netflix is moving forward with a “Punisher” series starring the grizzled star.
- Low-rated Comedy Central star Larry Wilmore called President Obama “My N*gga” during his White House Correspondents Dinner routine. Discuss.
- Paul Rudd earned even more pop culture cool points by re-creating a classic Styx video with “The Tonight Show’s” Jimmy Fallon.
- Death, alas, remains good for business. More than 4 million Prince albums and songs have sold since the pop icon’s April 21 passing.
- It’s the second season nobody wanted! “Grace and Frankie” returns May 6 for a new round of contrived sexual identity farce.
- “Captain America: Civil War” doesn’t open for a few more days stateside, but it’s already collected north of $200 million in overseas ticket sales. Those expecting a sign of superhero burnout in 2016 should direct their energies elsewhere.
- Who you gonna call? Maybe someone other than “Ghostbusters?” The film’s first trailer is the most disliked movie tease in YouTube history.
- Today’s stars have it easy, except for the fact that they do their own stunts more and more. “The Maze Runner” star Dylan O’Brien was hurt on the set of the franchise’s third film. Apparently, the injuries are severe enough that filming has stopped while he recovers.
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