best man

This Weeks Anniversaries

Sunday marks the 30th Anniversary of The Terminator, which opened in 1st place in 1984 with 4 million, eventually making 38M domestically and 78M worldwide. That would only be 9.7M adjusted to todays grosses for an opening weekend, so it wasn’t a huge hit upon release. Still, it was enough to launch a franchise. The Terminator has a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes and an 8.1 on IMDB, putting it at #208 on the IMDB Top 250 films of all time.

This is the 20th Anniversary of Clerks, the indie hit that launched the career of Kevin Smith. Made on a shoestring budget, Clerks eventually made 3.1M at the box office, garnering an 88% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 7.9 on IMDB.

This is the 15th Anniversary of The Best Man, which just saw its sequel finally open last Thanksgiving. The Best Man opened in 1st with 9M, on its way to 34M domestic. It managed a 72% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 6.5 on IMDB.

It’s the 10th Anniversary of The Grudge, which opened in 1st place with 39.1M in 2004. It would go on to make 110M domestically and 187M worldwide. It has a sad 39% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 5.8 on IMDB.

Honey Boo Boo

TLC Cancels ‘Honey Boo Boo’

TLC has axed hit reality trainwreck Here Comes Honey Boo Boo amid reports that star Mama June has started dating a convicted sex offender, specifically someone who was convicted for molesting an 8 year old child.

Entertainment Weekly got a quote from TLC (not me, I’m not that important):

“TLC has cancelled the series Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and ended all activities around the series, effective immediately. Supporting the health and welfare of these remarkable children is our only priority.TLC is faithfully committed to the children’s ongoing comfort and well-being.”

Honey Boo Boo, aka Alana Thompson is 9 years old. It’s good to see that someone is worried about this.


ABC Rewards Hit Shows With More Episodes

ABC has added episodes to some of its most consistent performers. Grey’s Anatomy will film two extra episodes this season, bringing its total to 24. All of the Wednesday comedies got two extra episodes, including Freshman comedy Black-ish. Castle and Once Upon A Time both got an extra episode, bringing their totals to 23. Resurrection got one more episode, bringing its order to 15.


CBS Trims ‘CSI’ To 18

CBS has decided that long-running drama CSI will only run 18 episodes this season, instead of the typical 22. CBS swears this has nothing to do with ratings, but everything to do with having three midseason dramas, and a couple new shows that aren’t flops. Of course, they wouldn’t trim The Big Bang Theory, so it does have a little to do with ratings.

John Wick

Box Office Predictons: Can Keanu Fight For First In ‘John Wick’?

1) Ouija- 18M Weekend, 18M Total
This well marketed horror flick hasn’t screened for critics yet, but the tracking suggests it might win a very tight weekend. A PG-13 rating will help it, for sure, but poor word of mouth could hurt it on Saturday and Sunday. Friday’s numbers (and early Thursday box office) will help solidify whether or not Ouija can eek out a win.

2) John Wick- 15M Weekend, 15M Total

Keanu Reeves normally is not a huge box office draw, but a 93% on Rotten Tomatoes will help more than his name. Plus, a little bump from having IMAX screens won’t hurt either.

3) Fury- 15M Weekend, 49M Total

Brad Pitt’s Fury should drop a respectable 40% in Week 2, as word of mouth should be good. It’ll fight with Keanu’s John Wick for second place.

4) Gone Girl- 12M Weekend, 126M Total

Gone Girl is still the movie everyone has to see, and will hold with a nice 30% drop again this week.

5) Book Of Life- 11M Weekend, 31M Total

No new direct competition will keep Book of Life in the Top 5.

6) St Vincent- 8M Weekend, 9M Total

Without knowing the exact screen count of Bill Murray’s new film, I have a hard time predicting a runaway hit. Good word of mouth, and probably at least 1000 screens could get the film a nice chunk of change this weekend.

7) Alexander…- 7M Weekend, 45M Total

8) The Best Of Me- 4.5M Weekend, 18M Total

9) Dracula Untold- 4.5M Weekend, 49M Total

10) The Judge- 4.5M Weekend, 35M Total


Dear White People expands this weekend into an unknown (right now) screen count, and could do well. It’s unlikely that it will get enough screens to break 4.5M, as it is not going wide.

23 Blast is targeting a Christian audience, and a football audience, in 600 screens. As par for the course with Christian releases, they can either fall completely off the map, or become really big hits. It’s almost impossible to gauge these things without knowing advance ticket sales (churches buying out theatres). A PG-13 rating suggests this might not be as “family friendly” as some other offerings, and might cause 23 Blast to be a disappointment. Still, Meet The Mormons has made 4.5M so far without ever cracking the Top 10, so there’s something.

Uncle Buck

Why Are The Networks Adapting/Remaking Next Year?

Everyone is talking about the new fall season, which is full of a lot of (basically) original shows, or comic book adaptations, with a few spinoffs. You can always see a “trend”, and the big trend this year was comic books. Gotham, Constantine, I Zombie, The Flash, and Agent Carter are all guilty of this.

But next year? We’re getting super heavy on the remake/reboot/adaptation angle.

Several movies are being made into TV shows, but most of them aren’t recent. Actually, none of them are. Uncle Buck, Rush Hour, Big, Problem Child, Real Genius, The Devil’s Advocate, and Minority Report are all being adapted for next season. It doesn’t actually stop there. There’s even a pilot in development featuring Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo in the leads, but it’s not based on the Vacation series.

TV reboots/remakes are slightly less popular, but don’t tell the planned reboots of The Greatest American Hero, Bewitched, Jack Irish, or Misfits.

And comic books? They’re still very much in play. CBS has a Supergirl series in the works, and FOX is going for another comic book series with Lucifer.

And spinoffs? There’s a Castle spinoff based on Derrick Storm, the character that Rick Castle’s books are based on. The CW is still working on a Supernatural spinoff.

And NBC has a Robin Hood drama that probably falls under all of those categories.

And if you need more nostalgia, Bill Cosby, Kevin Nealon, and John Stamos all have sitcoms in the works.

Faking IT

MTV Wants More ‘Faking It’, New ‘Todrick’

MTV is going crazy for American Idol Season 9 Alumni. MTV has ordered 10 more episodes of Faking It for a second half of the currently airing Season 2, and has picked up a reality series starring Todrick Hall for early 2015. Todrick Hall was eliminated at Top 16 in Season 9 of American Idol, and went on to be a massive YouTube star, with 1.1 million subscribers. He has more subscribers than the official channels of American Idol winners Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson. Faking It stars Season 9’s Katie Stevens, who has also appeared in Todrick Hall’s videos on YouTube.


‘Selfie’ Rises, ‘Story’ Falls

Selfie is starting to distance itself from its sitcom cousin, Manhattan Love Story. Selfie drew a more impressive 3.8M viewers (rising from last week), and a 1.1 in the demo, while Story drew 2.7M and 0.7 in the demo. Agents Of SHIELD drew 4.3M viewers and a 1.5 in the demo. Forever did 4.8M and 1.2 in the demo.

The Flash slipped a bit to 3.4M and 1.4 in the demo, and Supernatural hit 2.1M and 0.9 in the demo.

NCIS continues to dominate with 16.5M and 2.4 in the demo, followed by NCIS New Orleans (15.9M/2.4) and Person Of Interest (9.3M/1.5).

On NBC, The Voice (11.5M/3.1) again helped Marry Me (6.1M/1.9) and About A Boy (4.6M/1.4), while Chicago Fire was steady (7.4M/1.9)

FOX is airing baseball right now.


FX Collapses ‘The Bridge'; CW Picks Up ‘The Flash’, ‘Virgin’, SyFy Renews ‘Z’

FX has decided to close The Bridge after two seasons. The Diane Kruger led drama saw a significant drop in audience in Season 2, so this isn’t a huge surprise.

Also, The CW has ordered full seasons of The Flash and Jane The Virgin. Both only needed two episodes to get the order, after both being huge hits for The CW.

Over at SyFy, they’ve ordered a second season of horror series Z Nation. The Walking Dead knockoff has done OK, considering it is on Friday nights.


FOX Trims ‘Mulaney’, But It’s Not Cancelled… Yet

FOX originally had lined up 16 episodes of Mulaney. That number is now going to be 13 as FOX has cut back the amount of episodes they want of the struggling sitcom. Mulaney has had a cancellation target on its back for some time now, but no show has actually been cancelled yet…on any network… which is highly unprecedented.

FOX is obviously avoiding being the first network to make a cancellation. Utopia’s two nights were trimmed to one, and last week said they were committed to airing the full run of Gracepoint (which is a limited series, and would never receive a “back nine” order). That would leave Red Band Society as the only question mark, except that it’s produced by Steven Spielberg, and you can’t make a Steven Spielberg produced show the first cancellation of the season. I think that’s in the rule book.

My non-Utopia prediction has always been Selfie and Manhattan Love Story, and despite a recent script order, I stand by that. Both Last Resort and 666 Park Avenue got script orders and then got axed.


Weekend Box Office: Pitt Beats Affleck’s Third Weekend

So, Brad Pitt’s Fury was unleashed this weekend, and the big news is that it beat the third weekend of Gone Girl. Not that we should be excited, because it is the third weekend of Gone Girl. Can’t be that hard. Book Of Life did about what The Boxtrolls did, and can basically hope for the same domestic total (though Big Hero 6 is looking to cut in soon). Alexander held up nicely, and had the second best drop in the Top 10 (second to Gone Girl of course). Dracula fell apart, dropping 57% in week two.

New in limited release this week was Birdman, which had a huge launch with a 103K per screen average. HUGE launch. Dear White People did OK, in comparison, but actually had a really great per screen of 31K. What wasn’t so hot?

Men Women and Children expanded into 608 screens, and landed a horrific 526 per screen average. That’s actually less than half of the per screen that Guardians Of The Galaxy had. It’s actually the worst per screen average of the films I tracked, and I could only find two per screens that were worse: Snowpiercer and Mas Negro Que La Noche. Men Women and Children did worse than Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Giver, How To Train Your Dragon 2, and A Walk Among The Tombstones. Seriously.

Whiplash continues to do well, with another 10K per screen week. St Vincent also landed 10K in even more screens. Next week, John Wick and Ouija hope to do some business.

1) Fury- 23.5M Weekend, 23.5M Total
2) Gone Girl- 17.8M Weekend, 107M Total
3) Book Of Life- 17M Weekend, 17M Total
4) Alexander…-12M Weekend, 36.8M Total
5) The Best Of Me- 10.2M Weekend, 10.2M Total
6) Dracula Untold- 9.8M Weekend, 40.7M Total
7) The Judge- 7.9M Weekend, 26.8M Total
8) Annabelle- 7.9M Weekend, 74.1M Total
9) The Equalizer- 5.4M Weekend, 89.1M Total
10) The Maze Runner- 4.5M Weekend, 90.8M Total
11) Addicted- 3.4M Weekend, 12.7M Total
12) The Boxtrolls- 2.6M Weekend, 46M Total
13) Guardians Of The Galaxy- 1.0M Weekend, 327.8M Total
??) St Vincent- 0.6M Weekend, 0.8M Total
??) Kill The Messenger- 0.4M Weekend, 1.8M Total
??) Birdman- 0.4M Weekend, 0.4M Total
??) Dear White People- 0.3M Weekend, 0.3M Total
??) Men Women and Children- 0.3M Weekend, 0.4M Total
??) The Skeleton Twins- 0.2M Weekend, 4.7M Total
??) Whiplash- 0.2M Weekend, 0.4M Total
??) Pride- 0.2M Weekend, 0.8M Total
??) One Chance- 14K Weekend, 67K Total

Joanne Borgella

RIP Joanne Borgella

Former American Idol Semi-Finalist Joanne Borgella has passed away at the age of 32 following a bout with cancer. Borgella made the Top 12 women in Season 7, only to be sent home the first week. She was also a plus sized model, as well as a contestant on Monique’s Fat Chance.

Her last real tweet was on October 1st.

Fight Club

This Weeks Anniversaries

This is the 25th Anniversary of Look Who’s Talking, which debuted at the top in 1989 with 12.1 million, eventually grossing 140 million domestically, and 296 million worldwide. Look Who’s Talking was the 4th highest grossing film of 1989, and adjusted for inflation, would be John Travolta’s third highest grossing film of all time. Critics weren’t huge fans, as the film has a 58% on Rotten Tomatoes. Audiences agreed, with a 5.8 on IMDB.

It’s also the 25th Anniversary of The Fabulous Baker Boys, which opened to only 3.3M on its way to 15.8M domestic. It’s probably better known as being a critical hit, with a 96% on Rotten Tomatoes, and a 6.8 on IMDB. Jeff Bridges, Beau Bridges, and Michelle Pfeiffer starred. Pfeiffer was actually nominated for an Oscar for her role in this film (the film received three more nominations), and won a Golden Globe.

Pulp Fiction celebrates its 20th Anniversary. It had an unimpressive opening weekend of 9.3M (enough for first place), but went on to gross 107M domestic and 213M worldwide. Pulp Fiction has a 94% on Rotten Tomatoes, and a 9.0 on IMDB, where it is ranked 5th on IMDB’s Top 250 films of all time. It was nominated for 7 Academy Awards, winning one for Quentin Tarantino’s screenplay. It was also nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor (John Travolta), Best Supporting Actor (Samuel L Jackson), and Best Supporting Actress (Uma Thurman), as well as Tarantino for Director.

It’s also the 20th Anniversary of Wes Craven’s New Nightmare, which was a failed attempt at rebooting the Nightmare On Elm Street series. The film made only 18M domestically. Also, Little Giants turns 20 this week, as well as the groundbreaking documentary Hoop Dreams.

Hitting its 15th Anniversary this week is Fight Club, the instant David Fincher classic, featuring Edward Norton, Brad Pitt, and Helena Bonham Carter. Fight Club opened at #1 with 11M, eventually grossing 37M domestically and 100M worldwide. Fight Club has an 80% on Rotten Tomatoes, but an 8.9 on IMDB, which makes it ranked 10th on IMDB’s Top 250 films of All Time list. Fight Club also received an Oscar nomination for Best Sound Effects Editing.

This is the 10th Anniversary of Team America: World Police, the controversial puppet comedy from Trey Parker and Matt Stone. Team America opened in 3rd place with 12.1M, eventually making 32M domestic and 50M worldwide. It has a 77% on Rotten Tomatoes, and a 7.2 on IMDB.

This is the 5th Anniversary of Where The Wild Things Are, which opened to #1 in 2009 with 32.6M. It eventually grossed 77M domestic and 100M worldwide. It has a 72% on Rotten Tomatoes, and 6.8 on IMDB. It received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Score

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