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'Justice League' disappoints in US with $96 million opening

Published: Sunday, November 19, 2017 @ 12:24 PM
Updated: Sunday, November 19, 2017 @ 12:23 PM

Only in the modern era of superhero films could a $96 million opening weekend be considered anything less than impressive. But that's the situation Warner Bros. and DC's "Justice League" find themselves in.

The big budget superhero mashup came in well under expectations, which had pegged it for a $110 million launch in North American theaters. If studio estimates hold, it will also have the dubious distinction of being the lowest-opening film in the DC Extended Universe.

It has been a rollercoaster for the DC Universe since "Man of Steel" kicked off the comic book franchise in 2013, with films battling high expectations, critical reviews and the impossible standard of competing against the Marvel Cinematic Universe. "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" may have been a critical dud in early 2016, but it still opened to $166 million and went on to net $873.3 million worldwide by the end of its run.

"Justice League" comes on the heels of the widely well-received "Wonder Woman," the first DC Extended Universe film to score with both critics and audiences. It reunites Ben Affleck's Batman and Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman to fight a new threat facing earth while introducing new characters like Ezra Miller's The Flash, Jason Momoa's Aquaman and Ray Fisher's Cyborg. "Justice League" didn't impress critics, but neither did "Batman v Superman" or "Suicide Squad," which still managed to earn $133.7 million out of the gates.

Warner Bros. is remaining optimistic about "Justice League's" prospects, even with the lower than expected launch against a production budget that's reported to be in the $250 million to $300 million range, which doesn't include marketing expenses.

"I did have a higher expectation for the three days," said Jeff Goldstein, who heads up domestic distribution for Warner Bros. "(But) this is a big vacation week, and we have an opportunity to get a big audience to see us in a different pattern."

Goldstein said he is also encouraged by a few factors, including the overall B+ CinemaScore, the fact that women, who accounted for 42 percent of the audience, gave it an A- overall, and that Saturday earnings were up from Friday's.

"Clearly there is interest in the movie," Goldstein said.

"Justice League" pulled most of its weight abroad, where it launched to $185.5 million from 65 markets, boosting the worldwide debut to $281.5 million.

One film that did have a heroic showing this weekend is "Wonder," an adaptation of R.J. Palacio's novel about a child with a facial deformity that stars Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson and Jacob Tremblay. The family-friendly drama opened in second place with $27.1 million against a $20 million production budget and could be on its way to becoming a sleeper hit. Lionsgate distributed the film, which was financed and produced by Participant Media.

"Any time you have a big superhero movie opening, a movie like 'Wonder' could be overshadowed. But it's one of the brightest spots of the weekend," said Paul Dergarabedian, a senior media analyst for comScore. "This could be a $100 million movie as people get the word out."

Disney and Marvel's "Thor: Ragnarok" fell to third place in weekend three with $21.8 million, bringing its North American total to $247.4 million. "Daddy's Home 2" took fourth with $14.8 million and "Murder on the Orient Express" landed in fifth with $13.8 million. Both are in their second weekend in theaters.

Opening outside of the top 10, the faith-based animated film "The Star," from Sony's AFFIRM label, took sixth place with $10 million. And both "Lady Bird" and "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" continue to thrive in their expansions.

The Thanksgiving holiday should not be discounted either in its potential to boost a film's earnings, and the only, albeit formidable, competition will be from Disney and Pixar's latest "Coco."

"Thanksgiving is the perfect second weekend for any movie," Dergarabedian said. "Including 'Justice League.' "

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

1."Justice League," $96 million ($185.5 million international).

2."Wonder," $27.1 million ($310,000 international).

3."Thor: Ragnarok," $21.8 million ($24.1 million international).

4."Daddy's Home 2," $14.8 million.

5."Murder on the Orient Express," $13.8 million ($20.7 million international).

6."The Star," $10 million.

7."A Bad Moms Christmas," $6.9 million ($5.1 million international).

8."Lady Bird,' $2.5 million.

9."Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri," $1.1 million.

10."Jigsaw," $1.1 million ($4.1 million international).


Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at international theaters (excluding the U.S. and Canada), according to comScore:

1. "Justice League," $185.5 million.

2. "Thor: Ragnarok," $24.1 million,

3. "Murder on the Orient Express," $20.7 million.

4. "Paddington 2," $9.2 million.

5. "The Golden Monk," $8.5 million.

6. "Happy Death Day," $8 million.

7. "A Bad Moms Christmas," $5.1 million.

8. "Suck Me Shapespeer 3," $4.3 million.

9. "Jigsaw," $4.1 million.

10. "Coco," $3.6 million.


Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by 21st Century Fox; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.


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Chip and Joanna Gaines: 10 things to know

Published: Friday, March 16, 2018 @ 4:12 PM

Who are Chip & Joanna Gaines?

Chip and Joanna Gaines rose to fame on their HGTV series “Fixer Upper.” Although their hit series is ending, the family has multiple business across their town of Waco, Texas, and a line of decor at Target.

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Here are some facts about the couple.

The Gaines opened their first business together in 2003

Magnolia Market came from a dream Joanna Gaines had. The business opened in 2003, but the couple later closed it to focus on their first two children, Drake and Ella Rose. During that time, they focused on their construction business, Magnolia Homes.

FORT WORTH, TX - NOVEMBER 05: 'Fixer Upper' stars Chip and Joanna Gaines pose with the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series AAA Texas 500 pace car at Texas Motor Speedway on November 5, 2017 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)(Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

The first Magnolia Market, known as the Little Shop on Bosque, reopened in 2014. After outgrowing the space, the business moved to downtown Waco in October 2015 and became the Magnolia Silos location.

Chip and Joanna married in 2003

Chip and Joanna married in Waco, Texas, on March 31, 2003.

Ten years with this man. It's been a fun journey! #stillsmiling

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Chip surprised Joanna with a gathering of family and friends for their 12th anniversary in 2015. Some of the celebration aired during season three of “Fixer Upper.”

“The party itself was so intimate with just family and close friends in attendance,” Joanna told Style Me Pretty. “Chip stood up and read the sweetest speech and there was also live music played by a dear friend of ours. All the details and meaning behind this party really touched me, and when I think back to that sweet day Chip surprised me I feel so loved and honored to be his!"

They have a big family

The Gaineses are parents to four children and have one on the way. They have two boys, Drake and Duke, and two girls, Ella Rose and Emmie Kay. Joanna is pregnant with a baby boy who is due in July.

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Chip and Joanna both went to Baylor University

Baylor University has been frequently featured in some capacity on “Fixer Upper.” Although Chip and Joanna Gaines both went to the school, they did not meet there. Chip graduated with a marketing and business administration degree in 1998. Joanna graduated with a communications degree in 2001.

They practice Christianity

Chip and Joanna are Christians and are outspoken about their faith. In 2016, they did an interview about their relationship with each other and their faith with I Am Second.

Chip has said Joanna allows him to be himself

“I feel like she knows me in a way that has caused me to stop acting,” Chip told I Am Second. “I feel like I’ve really been an actor -- I’ve been a character my whole life. I’ve always tried to prove something to someone. 

“When I caught her. I felt like I could be content. I felt like I could be exactly who I was.”

Joanna credits Chip with pushing her to start her own business, which became their home-renovation company

“If I didn’t have Chip Gaines in my life, I’d still be dreaming in my head but not acting out on any of that. Not living it out,” Joanna told I Am Second, adding that her husband pushed her out of her comfort zone.

Chip had multiple businesses before meeting his wife

Joanna met Chip in 2001, when she worked at her dad’s tire shop in Waco.

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In an interview with “Today”, Joanna said her husband had a wash-and-fold business and a landscaping business, among others.

Joanna is of mixed heritage

Joanna is multiracial, and shared her heritage with fans on her website.

“I love hearing all the guesses,” Joanna Gaines said on a Q&A on the Magnolia website. “Although I did play Pocahontas in high school, I am not Native American. My father is half Lebanese/half German and my mother is full Korean.”

The Gaines’ businesses go beyond houses and home decor

In addition to their Target line of home decor, their renovation business and Magnolia Silos, the Gaines are opening a restaurant in Waco. Magnolia Table is opening at the location of Elite Cafe, a historical restaurant in Waco that closed in 2016.

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‘Fixer Upper’ stars Chip and Joanna Gaines reveal gender of new baby

Published: Monday, March 12, 2018 @ 8:52 PM

"Fixer Upper" Stars Announce Gender of Baby Number Five

Fixer Upper” stars Chip and Joanna Gaines finally know the sex of their unborn child.

It’s a boy!

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Chip made the announcement in a video he shared on Twitter Wednesday.

“We’re just about to have another little baby, because Uncle Chip lost his mind,” Chip tells a youngster in the footage. “Now, listen to this. This is important: I can’t think of a ‘D’ name. So, can you help me think of a ‘D’ name?”

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Chip then tells his young companion that Joanna is pregnant with a little boy.

“Is that a secret? I don’t know. That might not even be allowed on Twitter,” the HGTV star claimed. “You better keep that to yourself, dude. But listen to me: It’s a little boy, and I need a ‘D’ name. And so far, all I can come up with is Dragon. [Joanna was] like, ‘You are not calling that baby Dragon!’ Can you help me?”

Earlier this week, Joanna showed off her biggest baby bump to date in a few pics on Instagram alongside her husband and their pal Tim Tebow.

“What an amazing (sic) weekend with the @timtebowfoundation Thank you for giving hope and love to so many #ttfgolf2018,” Gaines wrote alongside the gallery of images from the weekend.

In January, the Gaineses surprised fans when they announced they were expecting baby number five with an adorable post to social media.

“Gaines party of 7.. (If you’re still confused.. WE ARE PREGNANT) @joannagaines,” Chip Gaines wrote alongside the sweet photo of the couple in coordinating grey sweatshirts and matching bumps.

Chip and Joanna Gaines Announce Baby Number 5 On The Way

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AMC Theaters hosting 12-film Marvel movie marathon before ‘Infinity War’

Published: Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 2:44 PM

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Marvel Studios' "Avengers: Infinity War" L to R: Okoye (Danai Gurira), Black Panther/T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman), Captain America/Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff (Scarlet Johansson) and Winter Soldier/Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan).(Chuck Zlotnick / Marvel Studios)

If you have a list of Marvel movies to watch before “Avengers: Infinity War,” AMC Theaters has you covered.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the movie theater company is hosting a 12-film Marvel Cinematic Universe marathon on April 25. The 31-hour marathon will be at AMC Empire 25 in New York and AMC Disney Springs 24 in Orlando, Florida.

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AMC Theaters said the marathon will include an early airing of “Infinity War.”

“This premium event will include, marathon only collectibles, exclusive content, and a special concession offer,” said reads a description of the event on AMC’s website

“Infinity War” will start at 6 p.m., an hour earlier than its regular public show times, according to the website

The schedule for the MCU marathon is below:

“Iron Man” at 1:30 p.m.

“The Incredible Hulk” at 4:00 p.m.

“Thor” at 6:15 p.m.

“Captain America: The First Avenger” at 9:00 p.m.

“The Avengers” at 11:30 p.m.

“Guardians of the Galaxy” at 2:15 a.m.

“Avengers: Age of Ultron” at 4:30 a.m.

“Captain America: Civil War” at 7:15 a.m.

“Doctor Strange” at 10:00 a.m.

“Spider-Man: Homecoming” at 12:45 p.m.

“Black Panther” at 3:15 p.m.

“Avengers: Infinity War” at 6:00 p.m.

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Blink-182 announces 16-show Las Vegas residency

Published: Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 11:54 AM

(L-R) Travis Barker, Matt Skiba and Mark Hoppus of blink-182 announced 16-show Las Vegas residency. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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(L-R) Travis Barker, Matt Skiba and Mark Hoppus of blink-182 announced 16-show Las Vegas residency. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)(Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Blink-182 has announced a Las Vegas residency, joining the likes of pop stars Britney Spears, Cher, Bruno Mars, Jennifer Lopez and Lady Gaga.

But unlike many other musicians, the rock band won’t be in Vegas for years on end.

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People reported Monday that the band is starting a 16-date residency starting Memorial Day weekend.

The trio’s residency, called “Kings of the Weekend,” will start May 26 and take place on select weekends at Palms Casino Resort through Nov. 17, according to Rolling Stone. The latest lineup of the band includes bassist and vocalist Mark Hoppus, guitarist and vocalist Matt Skiba and drummer Travis Barker.

“We were stoked to be asked to be the first band in residency at the Pearl at the newly renovated Palms Hotel,” the band said in a statement to People. “Vegas is always a fun place to play.”

The band will perform at the Palms’ recently renovated Pearl Concert Theater.

“When the Palms asked us to do a residency here in Vegas, we said, ‘Absolutely!’” Hoppus said in a statement, according to Rolling Stone. “Now, we just have to cast our showgirls, create our set list – a true throwback of Vegas classics with Sinatra, Liberace. Maybe we can even marry someone onstage ... The possibilities in Vegas are endless.”

Related: Lady Gaga confirms Las Vegas residency

Presale tickets go on sale March 20 at 10:00 a.m. General tickets are on sale March 23 at 10 a.m. Tickets can be purchased at

The dates for Blink-182’s residency shows are below. More information on tour dates and ticket packages can be found at

May 26-27

June 8-9

June 15-16

June 23-24

Oct. 26-27

Nov. 2-3,

Nov. 9-10

Nov. 16-17

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