June 23, 2014

#JerseyBoysMovie Takes In $13.5 Million at Box Office Opening Weekend; Maybe It’s Time to Start a Little Movement?

June 23rd, 2014


Playbill.com reports that the JERSEY BOYS movie took in $13.5 million its opening weekend, according to Deadline.com.

“This is a marathon not a sprint,” Warner Bros. distribution head Dan Fellman told Deadline.com. “We always knew that it would be challenged in the heart of the summer, and it was a risk worth taking. I think our mid-week days will be strong, maybe $1M a night, and we’ll end up in a good place.” The film’s budget was reported to be approximately $38M.

“Jersey Boys” placed No. 4 at the box office this weekend, trailing behind “Think Like a Man Too,” “22 Jump Street” and “How to Train Your Dragon 2.” Disney’s “Maleficant” came in at No. 5.

According to IndiWire.com: The 1960s flashback feel seems also to have taken a toll on the audience demo: a staggering 71% over 50, 84% over 35. Only 8% were under 25. This could easily be the oldest audience film ever for a wide release film. It also skewed female (61%).

Truth is, JERSEY BOYS movie is not just appealing to the over 50 crowd!

This got us thinking of a Bob Crewe line in the stage show: “You start a little movement. Word gets out…”

Look on Twitter & Facebook for raves of the JERSEY BOYS movie! Word is getting out! People are already starting their own little movement with their positive reactions and bringing their friends & family to the the JB movie!

Check out what a pal of mine in the “old neighborhood” in “Old Ohio” (who’s not a senior citizen) had to say about the JERSEY BOYS movie: “We LOVED it. It was A-FREAKING-MAZING!!! I am in love , and John Lloyd Young will be my new husband (hey, it’s my Birthday…a girl can dream). A definite must see… I’m going again.” (She brought her mom & teenage daughter with her).

Two days later, here’s what my pal posted: “JERSEY BOYS MOVIE–I’m baaaack. Round two…its just that great!”


  1. Maybe after the album release tomorrow this weekend will boost up. Its a shame. It was a phenomenal film!

    Comment by Nick Rapuano — June 23, 2014 @ 6:03 pm

  2. I loved it..It is so real..I am from the neighborhood and Frankie sang under my streetlight I am going back to see it again and again..This movie is important because it is a backdrop to what should be a weekly TV series where the songs like “girl In my dreams” and so many wonderful songs could introduce the Newark stories..and everybody has a Frankie story..He is proof that anyone who believes in himself can do unbelievable and wonderful things. I can say he never forgot his humble roots, when we go to his concerts he calls us backstage and we talk about the old neighborhood he is a true and loyal friend. I post his songs everyday on facebook and you can see pictures of the actual lamppost, every time one of my friends post a great review of the movie, I share it to my wall. I understand why so many of the songs had to be left out for the sake of time, but the song “Fallen Angel” should have been in it..I hope this isn’t the end of the story, the movie is great but we want MORE…

    Comment by wilhelmina alessio — June 23, 2014 @ 6:57 pm

  3. I have seen the MUSICAL several times and had the days counted till the movie released…..went last night with hubby for DATE NIGHT and we BOTH loved it!!! The play shows the music side and the move tells the STORY. Anyone who is a child of the 60′s should see this movie it will bring you back in time when we were all young and innocent…OH WHAT A NIGHT

    Comment by JAYNE COLIN — June 23, 2014 @ 7:24 pm

  4. I can’t believe that I’m in that 8% that’s under 25 seeing this film. I’ve seen it twice. Many people are wanting to see it again so hopefully it’ll do better. I plan on seeing it a third time.

    Comment by Kristina — June 23, 2014 @ 8:31 pm

  5. Wife and I went to opening day showing…a date, along with breakfast prior to the show. We really liked the movie. I especially liked the safe stealing attempt with them trying to put the safe in the car trunk. Great songs, good story and strong performances from all the main characters. Clint did the movie directing in a way only he could envision. We plan on seeing it again. Too bad it’s rated “R”. A lot of the younger crowd will have to wait for it to be released outside the theaters to see it.

    Comment by Ron Fern — June 23, 2014 @ 8:38 pm

  6. Went to see it this evening loved it. It puts a story behind what you see in the musical. The theater we were in was full the ages varied from young adults to senior. Hope to see it again. Along with seeing the musical again when it comes close to our area.


    Comment by Diona Andrews — June 23, 2014 @ 11:04 pm

  7. I agree with Frankie.

    Comment by Maureen — June 24, 2014 @ 7:12 am

  8. And when Jersey Boys -The Musical comes back to Toronto this Xmas I’ll be going many many many times!!!!!
    Can’t get enough of it!!!!!

    Comment by Maureen — June 24, 2014 @ 7:13 am

  9. The R rating may be hurting the movie. Parents/Grandparents that would like to expose a younger age set (10-16) may be reluctant to do that because of the rating.

    Comment by Rich Miller — June 24, 2014 @ 2:14 pm

  10. Regardless of what the Box Office does, and it could fool everyone and take off, remember that the movie is just the SPRINKLES on the ICING on the CAKE! The Four Seasons Partnership chose to do the Broadway Play first for this very reason. No Movie could perform as well for as many years like Jersey Boys the Play. One can only assume that the same powers that gave us The Beatles less than a year and a half after The Four Seasons took off are the same powers that are downplaying the Movie. The Four Seasons have had tremendous success regardless of how the Play and the Movie have done. You have to realize that the sales and fan adoration glass was never half empty compared to The Beatles, it was always better than half full. And we have to view it that way ourselves as FV4S/JB Fans. But don’t give up on the Movie either. It could do very well on DVDs and downloads for years also.

    Comment by Ted — June 24, 2014 @ 10:06 pm

  11. Susie and Dale, movement or not, you both deserve a lot of credit for making “Jersey Boys” the worldwide phenomenon it has become. You’ve boosted interest in the play, the national tours,and among the fan base. You’ve given me the opportunity to interview many of the cast and write many articles.

    Without you guys, who knows if there even would have been a movie. I’m so happy to have been a part of the Jersey Boys World and the Jersey Boys Blog for over eight years. Thank you Susie and Dale.

    Comment by Howard — June 25, 2014 @ 12:05 am

  12. I do not listen to critics. Most were not old enough to hear the Seasons music back then and those of my age, they know nothing about music.( especially if you listen to what they think is great today ) Listen to the words of Bob Gaudio at the end of the play, or the movie, doesn’t give a crap ( clean version ) about a lot of things. He is enjoying himself. I especailly liked the way Bob turned down a rolling stone mag interview. He had said when the 4 Seasons were at the top of the charts, they did not want to speak to them. Now that Jersey Boys is a worldwide hit they finally want an interview. It is a great movie, tells the tale of success and failure, even greater music and the 4 Seasons will continue to be as popular years from now as they were at the very start. Frankie will keep “that bunny ” alive for many more concerts. Good job on the movie Clint

    Comment by Bob Nelson — June 25, 2014 @ 8:47 am

  13. The R rating does hurt. And by the way, I enjoyed the movie but all the historial blunders soured it. Is attention to detail not important? My Eyes Adored You was not released untill 1974 and Frankie is singing it to his little girl ! ( I never laid a hand on you) Really ? Can’t Take My Eyes Off You was released in 1967 not the late 70′s as depicked. Francine died in 1980. The facts got in my way to call this a great movie. It was entertaining, but could have been better with just a few tweaks.

    Comment by Richard — June 25, 2014 @ 2:27 pm

  14. I agree with Richard. Unfortunately, the movie is a failure. It really could have been the classic that the Bway show is.

    Comment by rosie083 — June 25, 2014 @ 7:28 pm

  15. Well, the Jersey Boys movie has reached my area, and I went to see it today with my wife. As a point of reference, my wife is a much better air traveler than I am, and has actually seen the play more times and in more cities than I have, since it is such an attraction in so many places it has appeared. She liked the Movie better than the Play. She was hypnotized and mesmerized, to borrow some 12-63 (OWAN) verbs. She watched it intently, and found it to explain the story behind FV4S better than the Play does! She absolutely loved it, and she is not as much of a FV4S fan as I am, being somewhat younger than I am, being in more of an Elton John fan demographic. Our friend that we went to see JB with at the Wharton Center with her father is taking him to see the movie today. He is in his 80s and he loved the Play, so it will be interesting to see what they say about the Movie. I found the Movie to be very funny and enjoyable, in addition to the “depressing” moments that some reviewers have zeroed in on. My father in law saw JB in Las Vegas with my wife when he was about 90, and he loved the Play also, and said he liked it much better than “Phantom”. Sadly, he is gone now and won’t be able to see the Movie with us. The theater was about 3/4 full. The only attendance downside was that almost everyone was over 50. I think if younger people see it, they will like it too. It might be a “sleeper” hit like MEAY. I’m not counting that out yet. I will go see it again!

    Comment by Ted — June 29, 2014 @ 8:03 pm

  16. The only thing that disturbed me about the artistic license taken with the movie, was when they were talking about going to The Roostertail in Detroit and promoting “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” to radio stations there. They referred to the station promoting it as WJR. The station that Paul Drew worked for was CKLW Windsor, Ontario, across the river from Detroit, like Newark is to NYC. That is the station that deserves the most credit for promoting CTMEOY. They alluded to the fact that people heard the song on CKLW, particularly at night on the East Coast, and called their local stations such as WABC New York and asked why they weren’t playing it or requesting the song. But the dialog said WJR. I will have to ask around if Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons also appeared on the “Focus” show on WJR with J.P. McCarthy back then. There is a rather famous picture of Joni Mitchell and then husband Chuck Mitchell with J.P. and later FCC Chairman Jim Quello, the station manager at the time, during that same era, before anyone not on the “Coffee House” circuit had ever heard of Joni Mitchell. The only time I remember Frankie Valli appearing on the “Focus” show on WJR was in 1994, when Frankie announced to J.P. that “December, 1963 (Oh What A Night)” had reentered the Billboard Hot 100! That WAS news to me, but not entirely surprising. For one thing, I’d been hearing the remixed version played on the radio for a couple of years before that, and already had the CD that included it!. But I will research the validity of the WJR reference further, and I will let you know if I find anything out. I don’t think this reveals enough information to be a “spoiler”.

    Comment by Ted — June 29, 2014 @ 9:13 pm

  17. I have now seen Jersey Boys the Movie 5 times and if everything goes ok I will see it a 6th and 7th time this week. This movie is the best feel good movie I have been to in ages.
    I am planning on traveling to Boise, Idaho in December from where I live in Oregon to see the National Stage Production of Jersey Boys. I would of love to been able to see John Lloyd Young, but I at least saw him in the movie. The play is going to be my early birthday treat to me, so driving the 250 miles in winter across open range land. Oh yeah you bet your bippy!!!!

    Comment by Kathleen McClure — July 14, 2014 @ 1:06 am

  18. You’re my kind of woman, Kathleen ~ enjoy!!

    Comment by Audrey — July 15, 2014 @ 8:42 pm

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