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VIA: The Force has topped Harry Potter as “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” took in $57 million in opening Thursday-night preview shows in the U.S., setting its first box office record.
“The Force Awakens” easily beat the previous Thursday-night preview record of $43.5 million by Warner Bros.’ “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” set in July 2011.
The first showings of the seventh Star Wars movie generated 47% of its U.S. preview grosses from 3D screenings, including $5.7 millions from 391 Imax screens, nearly doubling the previous record. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has also taken in $72.7 million from its first two days in 44 international markets.
The seventh Star Wars movie — which generated hundreds of sold-out shows and thousands of fans showing up in costume — was so powerful that it grossed about 70 times the amount taken in Thursday night by previews of Universal’s Tina Fey-Amy Poehler comedy “Sisters,” which drew $769,000 at 2,220 theaters.
The U.S. showings of Disney-Lucasfilm’s “The Force Awakens,” directed by J.J. Abrams, began at 7 p.m. following months of a massive marketing build-up by Disney. The cast includes Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Lupita Nyong’o and Domhnall Gleeson along with original “Star Wars” stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher.
In a sign of sky-high anticipation, the seventh film in the iconic science-fiction franchise had set a record by selling more than $100 million worth of advance tickets domestically as of Tuesday — raising expectations that “The Force Awakens” will do more than $200 million worth of business on its opening weekend domestically. The current record for a launch weekend was set in June by Universal’s “Jurassic World” with $208.4 million, followed by 2012’s “The Avengers” at $207.4 million.
Rival studios and industry analysts have asserted in recent days that “The Force Awakens” will open to $210 million or more domestically.
Disney hasn’t offered a forecast but its marketing campaign has clearly tapped into an enormous pent-up demand for the return of Luke Skywalker, Chewbacca and Han Solo, plus the new characters and story line. The movie is opening six years after Disney paid $4.06 billion for Lucasfilm.
“The Force Awakens” is set 30 years after the events of 1983’s “Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.” The film will be in a total of 4,134 North American locations on Friday — a record for a December opening.
“The Force Awakens” also debuted in a dozen international markets on Wednesday with a total of $14.1 million at the international box office, then added $58.6 million on Thursday as it opened in 32 more territories and set single-day reocords in the U.K., Germany, Sweden and Norway.
The film, which carries a production cost of at least $200 million, will open in most other markets Friday. It could eclipse the international opening weekend record of $316.1 million, set again by “Jurassic World.”
“The Force Awakens” is the first Star Wars movie since Fox released George Lucas’ “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith” a decade ago. “Sith” generated nearly $850 million in worldwide box office.
Anticipation is so high that speculation has already emerged that “The Force Awakens” could set a new record for worldwide gross by passing “Avatar” at $2.78 billion.
“Sisters” will likely pull in $13 million from 2,961 North American theaters this weekend as Universal offers counterprogramming for comedy fans. Fey and Poehler portray siblings throwing a blow-out bash in their childhood home with a production cost of $30 million.
Fox is attempting to draw younger children this weekend with “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip.” The fourth installment in the Alvin series should make $12 million from 3,653 locations.
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VIA: Melissa McCarthy is one of the biggest names in comedy, starring in critical (St. Vincent) and commercial (Identity Thief, The Heat), and occasionally both (Bridesmaids, Spy), smashes. So, it’s always a little surprising to see “Mike & Molly NEW” on the channel guide. She deserves better than to be stuck — and by stuck, I mean she’s getting paid a lot of money to do something she enjoys — on a CBS sitcom produced by Chuck Lorre that isn’t Mom. (Mom is great.)
Wish, granted, because according to McCarthy’s co-star, Rondi Reed, CBS quietly canceled Mike & Molly after six seasons. She broke the news on Facebook, writing, “Before you hear it elsewhere (and some already have), this is the final and sixth season of MIKE & MOLLY on CBS. It is also a shortened season (13 episodes) after the announced full renewal of 22 episodes back in March by the network. We are done taping as of January 27 2016.”
The network has it’s reasons, and I will not get into a debate, discussion, or campaign to get them to change their minds. Other venues were explored by WB and Bonanza Productions (Chuck Lorre) after CBS announced their intentions, but did not turn up a future for our show. It is a fact and we have known for a few weeks.
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VIA: There appears to be a changing of the guard at Nike Soccer.
Mexico's Economíahoy is reporting that Nike is planning to replace Cristiano Ronaldo with Neymar as the global face of Nike Soccer beginning in 2016. Ronaldo, 30, is a three time winner of the Ballon d'Or, but is on the down swing of a spectacular career. Neymar, 23, has been the face of Brazilian soccer star for some years now and with Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi injuring his knee earlier this year, Neymar has taken his game to another level and shined in his absence.
During their time with the Swoosh, Nike developed a signature model and collection for Ronaldo while Neymar has been the prominent figure behind the Hypervenom collection. With this upcoming move, it's assumed Neymar will eventually receive his own signature line as well and it'll be interesting to see what Nathan Vanhook and company cook up for Nike's new soccer icon.
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
"I meet Jay-Z and he says "This is my wife," and I'm like, "Oh, hi, what's your name?" 'Cos that's what I do when I meet someone's wife. And as I'm shaking her hand, I'm thinking, "Why did I just say that? Why did I just say that? It's Beyonce. Then Jay-Z's asking me about the fight, and I can't even focus on what he's saying because I just put my foot in my mouth. And I literally have to interrupt him, I'm like, "I'm really sorry." And I go back to Beyonce, and I'm like, "Beyonce, like, I can't believe I just did that." Yeah, she goes, "Oh, no it's fine." I'm like, "No, like, I really, really -- it's like such an honor to meet you."
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TOI – A Vietnamese-Australian called Phuc Dat Bich has spoken of his anger after repeatedly being blocked by Facebook. The 23-year-old, whose name according to the Evening Standard is pronounced Phoo Da Bic, has posted an image of his passport on the social media site after it banned him several times. His picture of proof, and its accompanying message, has been shared more than 123,000 times. “I find it highly irritating the fact that nobody seems to believe me when I say that my full legal name is how you see it,” he said. “I’ve been accused of using a false and misleading name of which I find very offensive.” He went on to explain that his frustration was due to what he suggested was a lack of understanding in the West for names which appear amusing to some. “Is it because I’m Asian? Is it?” he asked in the post. “Having my (Facebook) shut down multiple times and forced to change my name to my ‘real’ name, so just to put it out there. My name. “Yours sincerely, Phuc Dat Bich”.
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Jump to the 4:47 mark of the video. Did you see it?
Here it is again in GIF form:
VIA: As MPBrouser over at Reddit pointed out, this quick production error has turned into a creepy “Easter egg” of sorts for Seth Rollins’ WWE World Heavyweight Championship run. On the night he won it from Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 31 by cashing in his Money in the Bank Briefcase and pinning Roman Reigns, a SURVIVOR SERIES logo briefly flashed on the video screen behind him. Why is that notable? Because Rollins’ championship reign will end during the build for Survivor Series, thanks to him blowing out his knee during a match in Ireland. Weird.
This is the kind of moment you wish could’ve happened on purpose, if only for Rollins’ injury to be part of the story and NOT something that keeps one of the company’s top stars on the shelf for more than half a year. Also, because you want someone to go through it frame-by-frame and find images of Bray Wyatt commanding lightning in the background. Wyatt’s currently reliving his WrestleMania feud with The Undertaker heading into Survivor Series, right? Just bring it all full circle.
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VIA: Ever wonder who creates all of WWE’s increasingly shiny and elaborate gear? It may not come from the source you were expecting. For years, most of WWE’s gear was the work of head seamstress Sandra Gray, but she recently retired, and so WWE hired wrestler Sarath Ton as their new tailor. You may recognize Ton as “Rutherford Hayes” from this infamous early Ryback squash.
He’s also the fiancé of Sasha Banks, so yeah, there’s hope for us all, fellas.
Ton, who wrestled on the indie scene as Kid Mikaze, caught attention for his elaborate, self-designed outfits and started getting requests for gear from other wrestlers. One of his clients was Sasha Banks, which would lead to a relationship, and more NXT clients like Summer Rae, Paige and Emma. Eventually, it would lead to WWE hiring Ton as a full-time costume designer. The above mini-doc by Chris Emswiler and Taylor Ellis was filmed before Ton was hired by WWE, but it’s nevertheless an interesting look at the creative process of the man now in charge of what the guys and girls of WWE wear.
So yeah, if you’re a small guy gutting it out on the indies and that call from WWE just doesn’t seem to be coming, maybe you should start studying sewing machines and sequins. You definitely should if you spot a pretty bossy lady who’s totally in need of some fabulous new wrestling duds.
Chick casually doing bumps of blow at the Astros game earlier pic.twitter.com/W8VZCvUokH— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) October 12, 2015