'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.

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"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).

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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.

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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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Destiny’s Child star Michelle Williams checks in to mental health facility, reports say

Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 7:13 PM

Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child has checked herself into a mental health facility to seek treatment for depression, TMZ is reporting.
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Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child has checked herself into a mental health facility to seek treatment for depression, TMZ is reporting.(Scott Wintrow/Getty Images)

Destiny’s Child star Michelle Williams has reportedly checked herself into a mental health facility, TMZ reports.

Williams posted a letter to her fans on her Instagram page on Tuesday.

“I recently listened to the same advice I have given thousands around the world and sought help from a great team of professionals,” Williams posted.

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Sources told TMZ that Williams is receiving treatment at a facility near Los Angeles.

Williams has been open about her struggles with depression, revealing her story in an interview on “The Talk” last year.

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Williams recently reunited with Destiny’s Child members Beyonce and Kelly Rowland at Coachella in April.

It was the first time the group has performed together in several years.

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Star of TV series, ‘The Verdict with Judge Hatchett,’ coming to Dayton to inspire many 

Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 10:39 AM
Updated: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 11:50 AM

Judge Glenda Hatchett, star of the syndicated television series, The Verdict, will speak at St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church on Sunday, July 22nd.
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Judge Glenda Hatchett, star of the syndicated television series, The Verdict, will speak at St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church on Sunday, July 22nd.(@ 2013 Del Glass All Rights Reserved)

Her two-time Emmy-nominated show, “The Verdict”, may have been a platform for life lessons learned the hard way. However, Judge Glenda  Hatchett isn’t coming to Dayton to serve justice. She’s coming to inspire. 

A TV personality, legal scholar and author, Hatchett is coming to St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church at  10:45 a.m. on Sunday, July 22, as the guest speaker at the church’s Women’s Day Service. The celebrity visit, which has been in the works for almost a year, is open to the public “to hear her powerful message,” according to a press release.

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In 2012, during a service at Third Baptist Church in San Francisco where St. Luke’s pastor, the Rev. Renard D. Allen Jr., was then working, Judge Hatchett left a lasting impact. As soon as he began work at St. Luke, he knew he wanted her to leave the same impact on his new congregation.

“She really can’t be put in a box,” the Rev. Allen said. “It’s her presence — she’s dignified, yet down to earth. She’s classy, but comfortable. She’s highly intelligent and yet, very personable ... That’s what I remembered. She just inspired.”

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Like in many churches, the Rev. Allen said, women, while usually making up the majority of the membership, have not always been allowed space to have their voices heard in a significant way, particularly in the area of worship.

“So this is also intended to be a liberating experience for women (who are) a part of traditional congregations that should have their presence, their gifts and their value affirmed, acknowledged, and celebrated,” the Rev. Allen said. “Deeply rooted in the Christian faith, Judge Hatchett is an elegant and electrifying speaker with an ability to reach people across racial, gender, political and even religious lines.” 

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WHAT: Judge Glenda Hatchett to speak at St. Luke Baptist Church

WHEN: 10:45 a.m. Sunday, July 22

WHERE: St. Luke’s, 2262 N. Gettysburg Ave., Dayton

INFO: stlukedayton.org

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Did you know one hidden gem still makes Dayton’s famous Rike’s Sloppy Joe sandwiches?

Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 9:00 AM

One of Rike's Department Store's longest-running holiday traditions began with the creation of an animated Christmas window display.  Submitted photo.
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One of Rike's Department Store's longest-running holiday traditions began with the creation of an animated Christmas window display. Submitted photo.(HANDOUT)

For some people in Dayton, hearing “Rike’s” might not stir any reaction at all. For others, however, Rike’s Department Store is a treasure trove of childhood memories from long ago. 

Formerly located where the Schuster Center stands today, the downtown Rike’s may be gone physically, but still remains a source of many people’s fond memories. One of those memories may be preserved best in the taste buds of an older generation. 

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Rike’s had dining areas on the fifth floor and on the mezzanine of the store. One of the Rike’s menu staples was the Sloppy Joe -- a long gone and missed recipe.

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However, at least one place in Dayton has kept the sloppy tradition alive. 

Visitors take in the windows of Rike's department store in 1952. Frederik Rike, owner of the Rike-Kumler Co., moved the Christmas window displays from New York City to downtown Dayton in 1945. DAYTON DAILY NEWS FILE(Contributed photo)

The Dayton Woman’s Club Dining Room is still serving up the beloved sandwiches, made-to-order, thanks to a passed-down recipe from one of the club’s former members. It’s believed the member was a former Rike’s employee.

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An elegant setting, the Woman’s Club Dining Room is open for lunch to the public on weekdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. A 24-hour advanced reservation is encouraged and business casual attire is suggested.

So whether you’ve lived long enough to taste the famous Sloppy Joe for yourself, or word-of-mouth lore about the sandwiches has become too much to handle, there’s still an opportunity to try one decades later.

Dayton Woman’s Club- 225 N. Ludlow St., Dayton

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Fairborn coffee shop abruptly closes, announces new location in Huber Heights

Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 3:30 PM
Updated: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 10:21 AM

Grind House Coffee to open its first shop inside Meijer store

Grind House Coffee and Tea Company in Fairborn had a ribbon cutting at its grand opening in late April, but now, only three months later, the coffee shop has suddenly closed.

After days of being “temporarily closed,” Grind House posted to Facebook Monday afternoon that the Fairborn location will be closing for good, while a new Huber Heights location is in the works. 

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Tuesday morning, Grind House’s president and CEO, Bill Miller Jr. made an official announcement on the reasoning behind the sudden closure.

We will be reporting on details of the newest Grind House Coffee location opening in Huber Heights as soon as we get them. 

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Grind House Coffee began as an online retailer only. The brand’s first physical retail shop opened this spring at 313 W. Main St. in Fairborn. 

"As far as I can remember, everyone in my family has had a passion for coffee, From my Great Grandfather to my Daughter, the passion for coffee has spanned over 100 years,” according to the Grind House website

Miller, who grew up in Dayton and who now lives in Franklin, founded Grind House Coffee & Tea in November 2015. The company’s roasting and packing facility is located in Fairfield.

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