Will The ‘Downton Abbey’ Gang Take Out ‘Rambo’? – Weekend Box Office Preview

Elsewhere It Chapter Two should fall around 56% in Weekend 3 to $17M, while STX Entertainment's R-rated Hustlers should be ahead of it with $18M in Weekend 2, -45%. It Chapter Two, from New Line, is up to $158.2M through Tuesday. The ladies of Hustlers in their weekdays have been smacking down Pennywise, beating him on Monday ($2.7M to $2.2M) and Tuesday ($4.6M to $3.3M). Through five days, Hustlers counts an estimated $40.6M, with many finance sources telling us the film will profit in its theatrical window.
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Even if Downton Abbey slaps Rambo still across the face, the latter could wind up looking at the best opening in the Sylvester Stallone franchise's 37-year history should this finale best First Blood Part II's $20.1M bow. The previous John Rambo film released by Lionsgate in 2008 opened to $18.2M and topped out at $42.7M stateside. Previews are at 7 PM tomorrow night before going wide at 3,500 locations Friday. Millennium and Lionsgate already have a late-August hit in theaters, Gerard Butler's Angel Has Fallen, which soon will overtake 2016's London Has Fallen as the second-highest-grossing pic in the series stateside with more than $62M.
‘Downton Abbey’ Trailer: The Crawley Family Prepares For A Royal Visit
Abroad, Ad Astra opens in 82% of markets worldwide with the exception of Italy, Brazil, Russia and a handful of smaller markets. Disney isn't handling the release of the film in the China, Hong Kong or Taiwan markets. While Downton sops up all the older women, Hustlers draws the younger women, and the older guys go with Rambo, that doesn't leave much for the very expensive Brad Pitt astronaut movie Ad Astra, which Disney inherited from Fox, this despite an 80% certified fresh reviews coming out of its world premiere in Venice. Thursday previews start at 7 PM, with a theater count of 3,450 on Friday including 380 Imax screens, 340 Premium Large Format screens and 130 D-Box/4D locations. Some say this pic cost in the $80M range, we heard well above that in the $100M vicinity. The Plan B and New Regency co-production is only expected to bring in around mid- to high-teen millions, and it's going to need much more than that from abroad if it's going to see breakeven.
Sneaks start again at 7 PM Thursday before Downton plays at 3,076 theaters. Sneaks were held for the Maggie Smith-Michelle Dockery-Joanne Froggatt ensemble pic last Thursday, racking up $2.2M. An older-skewing female pic like that typically doesn't play into the wee hours of the night. But Downton already is a success before fully turning down the lights in auditoriums coast to coast. 1 spot in the UK with a $6.3M opening. Some box office soothsayers believe that Downton has advance ticket sales, and that's it. The pic opened in 17 offshore markets last weekend, making close to $12M including the No.
One midsize East Coast exhibitor tells us that Downton already has sold seven times more tickets than Rambo at his theater. This is not the case for advance ticket sales to Millennium/Lionsgate's Rambo: Last Blood at the big chains. Despite the discrepancy, its a toss-up as to whether Downton or Rambo wins the weekend with a $23M-$25M take apiece. We've been hearing for quite some time that the advance ticket sales for Focus Features' big-screen take on the TV series Downton Abbey are just through the roof. On Fandango, presales for the Michael Engler-directed feature continue to best those of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again and The Great Gatsby.

Friday Ratings: NBC’s ‘Dateline’ Carries The Night For The Peacock Network

Dateline's win equaled the show's highs for a Friday edition in adults 18-49 and adults 25-54 since June 7 and hit a new high in total viewers since that date.
For many, Friday night is Date Night. Combine that with American Ninja Warrior's strong 0.5/4 and 2.54 million for its 8-10 PM encore, and NBC breezed to the top of the networks for the evening. For NBC, Friday night was Dateline's night, as the news show topped the 18-49 demo wars for the evening, coming in at 0.6/4 and 3.39 million viewers.
The rest of the night's fare consisted of reruns.
The tropical crime drama Reef Break scored an 0.3/2 and 2.08 in its finale in the 9 PM slot for ABC, while ABC's 20/20 scored an 0.4/3 and 2.53 in the 10 PM slot.
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Elsewhere, the CW had the special EA Sports Madden NFL 20 Classic clock in at 0.1/1 and 0.43 million, Peaking, the unfiltered story of an athlete before a landmark event, debuted with an 0.1/0 and 0.25 total viewing audience.

Disney Television Animation Will Preview ‘The Owl House’ At New York Comic Con – Update

Date: Friday, October 4
From Crew to Creator: A Talk with Disney Television Animation Showrunners
Harley Quinn 
Welcome to The Owl House
Description: The Tony & Grammy Award-winning musical Dear Evan Hansen has been called “a cultural phenomenon” by the Los Angeles Times and been declared “one of the most remarkable shows in musical theater history” by the Washington Post. Now in its third year on Broadway, this deeply personal and profoundly contemporary musical is also playing across North America and in London. Join current Broadway cast members (including Andrew Barth Feldman, who plays Evan Hansen) and creative team members from the groundbreaking hit show as they discuss responsibly bringing the mental health conversation to Broadway, being one of the first musicals to authentically tackle the complicated world of social media, and balancing the show’s challenging themes with its humor.
Time: 12:10pm – 1pm
Netflix Presents: Lost in Space
Description: Rev up those fryers because it’s SpongeBob Appreciation Day! The panel is moderated by Tara Bennett (SyFy Wire). So drop on the deck and flop like a fish, because we’re celebrating 20 years of nautical nonsense! SpongeBob’s Best Year ever continues with a table read of a fan-favorite episode and all the latest Bikini Bottom news. Lawrence (Plankton) and Carolyn Lawrence (Sandy), along with co-executive producers Vincent Waller and Marc Ceccarelli about what it’s like to be part of this iconic Nickelodeon cartoon. Bring it around town to hear from voice actors Tom Kenny (SpongeBob), Bill Fagerbakke (Patrick), Mr.
Time: 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Netflix Presents: Daybreak, Exclusive NYCC World Premiere
Date: Saturday, October 5
Spongebob Appreciation Day
Netflix Presents: Big Mouth
"You Will Be Found": Broadway’s Dear Evan Hansen
Watchmen Screening and Panel
Time: 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Time: 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Time: 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: Javits Main Stage
Description: Video Presentation and Q&A with cast and exec producer/creator Jeff Rake
Date: Friday, October 4
Location: Room 1A06
Location: Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden
"neXt" stars John Slattery (“Mad Men”) as a Silicon Valley pioneer, who teams with cybercrime agent Fernanda Andrade (“The First”), to fight a villain unlike anything we’ve ever seen. Panelists to include creator and executive producer Manny Coto (“24”), executive producers and directors John Requa and Glenn Ficarra (“This Is Us”) and cast including Fernanda Andrade, Michael Mosley (“Ozark”), Jason Butler Harner (“Ozark”) and Eve Harlow (“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”) for a moderated conversation and fan Q&A. Description: Coming to Fox in 2020, join us for a sneak peek screening of the premiere of "neXt", a propulsive, fact-based thriller about the emergence of a deadly, rogue artificial intelligence that combines pulse-pounding action with an examination of how technology is invading our lives and transforming us in ways we don’t yet understand.
Roswell, New Mexico 
Nickelodeon’s Are You Afraid of the Dark?
Time: 1:05pm – 1:30pm
Description: Pilot Screening and Q&A with cast and producers of Greg Berlanti-produced series that premieres this fall on the CW.
After the exclusive screening, join Jeph Loeb, Head of Marvel Television, along with the cast and executive producers, to discuss what’s to come in season three. Description: Marvel’s Runaways is headed back to the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden with an action-packed panel you won’t want to miss! Be the first to experience the premiere episode of the highly-anticipated third season with the stars and creative forces of Marvel’s Runaways. All episodes of Marvel’s Runaways season three drop on Friday, December 13th only on Hulu.
The Orville
Time: 11:35am – 12:05pm
Ever.), Miya Cech (Rim of the World), Jeremy Ray Taylor (It Chapter Two), Tamara Smart (Artemis Fowl), and Rafael Casal (Blindspotting). Weekend. Worst. Featuring stars Lyliana Wray (Top Gun: Maverick), Sam Ashe Arnold (Best. Description: Just in time for Halloween, let’s celebrate the return of the Midnight Society! Writer/Executive Producer BenDavid Grabinski will also be on hand to share stories from the making of the limited series and show an exclusive clip. Light the campfire and grab the Midnight Dust, because we’re telling you the tale of how Nickelodeon’s iconic horror series has been reimagined for a new generation.
Smith, charismatic Don West and… Description: Danger, New York Comic Con! Get an exclusive first look at Season 2 of Netflix’s visually-stunning, epic family adventure, Lost in Space, before the series returns later this year! of course… The Robinson family is back, but have you seen our Robot? Separated from The Resolute and stranded on a new mysterious, exotic and toxic planet the Robinson family, alongside the conniving Dr. Debbie the Chicken, must work together to find their way back to the mothership and Will’s beloved Robot. Join the cast as they unveil a sneak peek and break down what’s to come on their great adventure through space in season two.
Abrams & Stephen King’s Castle Rock J.J.
Location: Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden
Date: Saturday, October 5
Location: Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden
Date: Friday, October 4
Description: Video presentation followed by a Q&A with series stars Mädchen Amick, Marisol Nichols, Mark Consuelos and Skeet Ulrich, plus executive producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa ahead of season four.
Date: Saturday, October 5
Location: The Hammerstein Ballroom at the Manhattan Center
Time: 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Location: The Hammerstein Ballroom at the Manhattan Center
Time: 3:45 PM – 5:45 PM
Time: 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Location: The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden
Location: Room 1A06
Date: Saturday, October 5
Description: Archer, FXX’s award-winning animated comedy series, returns to the Big Apple following an explosive 10th season in which – spoiler alert!! Catch up on all the shenanigans in advance of Season 11 by joining the voice cast and executive producers for a lively, not-to-be-missed discussion and Q&A. – Sterling Archer wakes up from his three-year coma!
From the executive producer of The Leftovers, Damon Lindelof’s new series is set in contemporary 2019 where 30 years have passed since the original Watchmen story. Set in an alternate history where masked vigilantes are treated as outlaws, HBO’s upcoming series Watchmen embraces the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel of the same name while breaking new ground of its own. Please join producers Lindelof, Nicole Kassell, series stars Regina King, Jeremy Irons and many more for an exclusive sneak peek of the first episode of the HBO series followed by a panel discussion.
Time: 3:15PM – 4:15pm
Location: Javits Room 1A06
Date: Friday, October 4
Date: Sunday, October 6
Time: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Location: Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden
Star Trek Universe Panel
Castle Rock is an original suspense/thriller — a first-of-its-kind reimagining that explores the themes and worlds uniting the entire King canon, and that brings some of his most iconic and beloved characters together in the heart of the King universe. Season two stars Lizzy Caplan, Tim Robbins, Paul Sparks, Yusra Warsama, Barkhad Abdi and Elsie Fisher. 23, only on Hulu. Description: Season Two World Premiere Screening and Panel — Hulu’s hit psychological-horror series returns! Set in the Stephen King multiverse, Castle Rock combines the mythological scale and intimate character storytelling of King’s best-loved works, weaving an epic saga of darkness and light, played out on a few square miles of Maine woodland. Castle Rock premieres Wednesday, Oct.
Location: Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden
Time: 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
This character-driven genre thriller follows a police chief who takes in a young child she finds near the site of a mysterious accident who has no memory of what has happened. Description: Beyond explanation…beyond understanding…lies the truth. Join the Cast and Executive Producers of ABC’s captivating new drama series Emergence for a look at a gripping new episode prior to its airing followed by an exciting panel discussion. The investigation draws her into a conspiracy larger than she ever imagined, and the child’s identity is at the center of it all.
 Also, a panel featuring Disney Television Animation showrunners is scheduled for Day 3 of the pop culture expo. 6 at Javits Center in New York City. Disney Television Animation will preview The Owl House on Day 2 of New York Comic Con, which runs Oct 3-Oct. Details on both those panels can be found below in our building schedule of NYCC panels and presentations, check back for updates.
Time: 4-5:00 PM
Location: Room 1A10
Date: Friday, October 4
Time: 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Don’t miss the world premiere of Daybreak during NYCC! Participants include: cast members include Matthew Broderick, Colin Ford, Sophie Simnet, Austin Crute, Alyvia Alyn Lind, Jeante Godlock, Cody Kearsley and Gregory Kasyan; and executive producers Aron Coleite, Brad Peyton and Jeff Fierson. until it is. Description: High school isn’t the end of the world … Oh, we forgot…plus a dash of “American Ninja Idol.” Think you have it figured out? Part genre apocalypse, part samurai saga, part comedy, part graphic drama, part coming of age story and part battle royale… Trust us, you don’t. This is the best apocalypse ever. Be among the first to enter this Mad Max-style world populated by marauding gangs of jocks, gamers, 4-H Clubbers and other fearless tribes, who are fighting for survival in the wake of a nuclear blast.
Location: The Hammerstein Ballroom at the Manhattan Center
Location: Main Stage
Location: Room 1A21
Moderated by Shane Prigmore, Vice President of Creative & Artistic Development, Disney Television Animation. Cast members Sarah-Nicole Robles, Wendie Malick and Alex Hirsch, join creator and executive producer Dana Terrace and art director Ricky Cometa as they discuss their influences for the show and reveal an exclusive sneak-peak months before airdate. Description: Be the first to venture into the fantastical world of the new animated series The Owl House, before it launches early 2020 on Disney Channel.
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Date: Thursday, October 3
Location: Main Stage
Date: Friday, October 4
Date: Sunday, October 6
Date: Sunday, October 6
Time: 6:45 PM – 8:30 PM
Time: 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Date: Sunday, October 6
UPDATE: The updated New York Comic Con programming roster as of Sept. 11:
Date: Sunday, October 6
Description: Get comfortable being uncomfortable with your favorite puberty-driven animated series Big Mouth! Filled with complicated friendships, hormone monsters, musical numbers, and everything in between, Big Mouth is bringing its most heartwarming and raunchy moments to Comic Con with a super-sized panel not to be missed. Join Nick Kroll and cast, along with executive producers as they take on NYCC with hilarious clips and commentary from the highly-anticipated third season.
Date: Thursday, October 3
Time: 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Description: Screening of Kaley Cuoco-fronted animated series on DC Universe, the subscription streaming site.
Angel – The 20th Anniversary Panel
Goodman, Jon Cassar & Brannon Braga to celebrate the show and learn about its exciting, new adventures on Hulu. Join the dynamic crew of the U.S.S. Description: Emmy-nominated series “The Orville” is back for season 3 and heading to New York! Orville: Adrianne Palicki, Penny Johnson Jerald, Scott Grimes, Peter Macon, Jessica Szohr, J Lee, Mark Jackson & Chad L. Coleman and Executive Producers David A.
Location: Main Stage
Description: Over 50 years ago, the world was first introduced to what would quickly become a cultural phenomenon for the ages. Star Trek broke barriers then and continues to do so now, inspiring people of all generations and walks of life with its celebration of cultural diversity, scientific exploration and the pursuit of uncharted frontiers. CBS All Access invites you to join Sonequa Martin-Green, cast and producers of its hit Star Trek series including Star Trek: Discovery and Sir Patrick Stewart, cast and producers from the highly anticipated Star Trek: Picard. Today, the Star Trek universe continues to thrive, exploring all new missions for Starfleet.
On October 5, 2019 we reassemble the cast on the stage of the Hammerstein Theater to honor a truly groundbreaking show on its 20th Anniversary. Description: On October 5, 1999 Angel, the incredible spin-off from Buffy the Vampire Slayer debuted. Moderated by Clare Kramer (Buffy the Vampire Slayer).
Archer: Discussion and Q&A
Location: Javits Convention Center – Mainstage
Date: Saturday, October 5
– 5:15 p.m. Time: 4:15 p.m.
Location: The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden
Marvel’s Runaways
Date: Saturday, October 5
Location: Hammerstein Ballroom at the Manhattan Center
Time: 10:30am – 11:30am
Description: Join the creators and cast of the hit STARZ Original Series for a discussion on the series so far and what is to come in Season Five.
Location: Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden
Time: 7:15 – 8:15 PM
Date: Thursday, October 3
Date: Sunday, October 6
Description: From visionary screenwriter/director/filmmaker Alex Garland (Ex Machina, Annihilation) comes FX’s DEVS, a high-tech suspense thriller about a young software engineer who investigates the secretive development division of her employer, which she believes is behind the murder of her boyfriend. Please join Alex Garland and cast for an exclusive sneak peek and must-see conversation about this electrifying new limited series. DEVS premieres on FX in 2020.
Description: Video Presentation and Q&A with stars Jeanine Mason, Nathan Dean Parsons, Michael Vlamis, Lily Cowles and Tyler Blackburn, along with executive producers Carina Adly MacKenzie, Chris Hollier and Julie Plec
Location: The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden
Time: 12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Location: Javits Room 1A06
You'll learn about their journey from crew member to creator and pick up tips and tricks on pitching your ideas to make the next hit. Description: Learn what it takes to make the jump to pitching and running your own show from Disney Television Animation's Chris and Shane Houghton (Creators & Executive Producers, Big City Greens), Matt Braly (Creator & Executive Producer, Amphibia) and Dana Terrace (Creator & Executive Producer, The Owl House). Moderated by Shane Prigmore, Vice President of Creative & Artistic Development, Disney Television Animation.
Time: 2:00PM – 3:00PM
Date: Friday, October 4
FX’s DEVS: An Exclusive First Look at Alex Garland’s Television Debut
Date: Saturday, October 5
Date: Saturday, October 5
Time: 1:35pm – 2:45pm

Emmy Party List 2019: Media Mergers, Agency Pullouts Lighten Soirée Schedule

NBCUniversal Emmy Nominees Reception (for talent only)
Comedy Central’s Emmy Party: Celebrating Our 2019 Nominees
ABC, Disney TV Studios, FX Networks, Hulu  & National Geographic Emmy Award Nominees Party
It will also include the Turner networks TNT and TBS, which last year had their own Emmy party. On the heels of formalizing AT&T's acquisition of Time Warner that created WarnerMedia, one of Emmy night's signature events, the HBO party at the Pacific Design Center, is being rebranded as WarnerMedia & HBO Post-Awards Reception.
As we reported last month, following the WGA-ATA breakup that triggered the firing of agents by more than 7,000 writers, all agencies canceled their traditional Emmy weekend bashes this year. That includes CAA, WME, UTA, ICM Partners, Paradigm and Gersh. CAA announced it would donate funds from the scrapped Emmy party to the MPTF’s Community Programs Fund.
Artists First Brunch at the Beach Emmy Awards Celebration
WarnerMedia & HBO Post-Awards Reception
Entertainment Weekly Pre-Emmy Party with DJ Michelle Pesce
Staying put are three other Emmy weekend staples — The Evening Before, the Governors Ball and the BAFTA TV Tea Party — with Netflix, Amazon, Showtime, Comedy Central and management company Artists First also carrying on with their traditional Emmy bashes. Making a return to the Emmy weekend party circuit are AMC Networks and NBCUniversal.
Showtime Emmy Eve Celebration (for talent only)
Primetime Emmy Awards Governors Ball "Brilliance In Motion"
5-9 PM, Craft LA, 10100 Constellation Blvd, Los Angeles
8 PM, Milk Studios, 855 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles
9 PM The Highlight Room at the Dream Hotel, 6417 Selma Ave, Los Angeles
BAFTA Los Angeles + BBC America TV Tea Party
Hope St., Los Angeles 8 PM, Otium, 222 S.
The Emmy Awards party field, which had expanded dramatically over the past decade as new cable networks and streaming platforms entered the winners' circle, is undergoing a major contraction this year.
Here is Deadline’s rundown of the upcoming 2019 Emmy festivities (in chronological order):
Amazon Prime Video Emmy Celebration
venue, Otium. Following the completion of the Disney-Fox deal and Disney taking full control of Hulu, ABC, Disney TV Studios, FX Networks, Hulu and National Geographic will hold a joint post-Emmy party Sunday at a new downtown L.A. FX Networks will keep its joint party with Vanity Fair on Saturday night at Craft. Last year, Disney TV Studios' 20th TV, FX, Nat Geo and Fox hosted a reception on Emmy night, as did Hulu.
AMC Networks Emmy Brunch
FX Networks Celebrates Their Emmy Nominees with Vanity Fair
San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood 7 PM – 10 PM, San Vicente Bungalows, 845 N.
Variety and Women in Film also recently announced they will forgo their annual Emmy party and instead make a donation to Planned Parenthood.
8 PM, The Lawn At Century Park, 2029 Century Park East, Century City
6:30-9PM, Tower Bar, 8358 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles
12 PM-2 PM, Cecconi’s, 8764 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood
8:30 PM, Spring Place, 9800 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills
8 PM, The Plaza At The Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Ave At San Vicente, West Hollywood
11 AM-3 PM, The Penthouse @ The Huntley Hotel, 111 Second St., Santa Monica
Netflix Emmy After Party
8 PM, Chateau Marmont, 8221 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood” />
13th Annual The Evening Before The Emmys benefiting MPTF, with presenting sponsors include Delta Air Lines, Netflix, People and Target
2-5 PM, Poolside at The Beverly Hilton, 9876 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills
Immediately following the ceremony, L.A. Live Event Deck, 1005 Chick Hearn Court, Los Angeles

Crazed Clown Still Cashing ‘It’ In As ‘Chapter Two’ Eyes Second-Best Horror Pic & September Opening With $100M+ – Midday Update

Um, it's a pretty simple, clever ploy: In the social media age, zag while others zig and light the online conversation on fire, rather than the typical means of just dropping a trailer and running a clock on global views (which are always boosted by ad buys — records are hardly organic). The fanboy universe is analyzing this what's-old-is-new marketing stunt as though Warners is re-inventing the wheel: Is this the new way we will see trailers? Golly gosh, in theaters?
By Friday, It's audience makeup was guys over 25 (31% turnout), followed by females under 25 (24%), males under 25 (23%), and females 25+ (23%).
It Chapter Two is seeing an opening day of $44M (including those $10.5M previews last night), which, again, makes it the second best opening day for both a horror film and September after It's $50.4M. Chapter Two also reps the fourth-best opening day for an R-rated movie behind Deadpool 2 ($53M), It and Deadpool ($47.3M).
season and still proves that people will come out for an event film in the post-Labor Day period. Even if this film falls apart and does $90M+, man, that is pretty awesome for the start of the fall B.O. Among R-rated film openings, It Chapter Two looks to be fourth behind Deadpool ($132.4M), Deadpool 2 ($125.5M) and 2017's It.
Yes, theatrical is still very alive at the box office, and it's not because It is a Disney film.
The teaser opens on the iconic It music/red balloons, and then cuts to Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn taking a swipe at the balloons and exclaiming "I'm so f*cking over clowns!", followed by a montage from the film showing Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), Black Canary (Jurnee Smollett-Bell), Renee Montoya (Rosie Perez) as well as Ewan McGregor’s bad guy Black Mask.
3rd Update Friday, Midday: New Line's It Chapter Two is headed for the second-best horror film and September opening of all time with an estimated $100M-$102M, behind the previous chapter's all-time $123.4M record in both categories.
Anything in that range makes It Chapter Two the second-best opening for September and a horror film behind the all-time record set by its predecessor two years ago ($123.4M). Some sources think a preview start like this has the potential to get It Chapter Two over $100M for its opening frame, but horror pics are always front-loaded, so it's too early to call. It's Thursday night repped 27% of its $50.4M opening day Friday (the best September day ever). Tracking had the pic between $90M-$100M, with Warner Bros spotting as low as $85M. Reviews are lower here for the sequel at 68% fresh, compared with the first installment's 86% certified fresh.
An extra bonus for anyone watching It Chapter Two this weekend is the 20-second Birds of Prey trailer that Warner Bros released in theaters only, similar to what they did for Christopher Nolan's Tenet on Hobbs & Shaw. The Suicide Squad spinoff opens on February 7.
Heads are spinning over the Birds of Prey stunt. If people aren't talking about the teaser now online, or posting reaction videos, then they're certainly heading out to watch It 2. Tenet, if you remember, trailered on the opening weekend of Hobbs & Shaw, which was the last big opener of the summer. Mission accomplished, Warner Bros. The studio aptly attached Birds of Prey to a film they knew everyone was going to see this weekend (they sure as heck weren't going to attach it to The Kitchen).
The Lion King's opening "Circle of Life" sequence for the 1994 film, which trailered only on Disney releases in theaters starting with the November 1993 release of Three Musketeers, remains a classic marketing case for in-theater trailers in the pre-Internet days, a catalyst that certainly drove crowds.” />
2nd Friday AM UPDATE, after Thursday night post, exits added: New Line Cinema's It Chapter Two is coming in at $10.5 million, right in the range where our sources saw it last night ($10M-$11M). That's the second-biggest preview for a horror movie and September release after, of course, 2017's It, which rang up $13.5M.
That's not that far from It, which notched an 85% overall positive with a strong definite recommend of 64%. Thursday night's exits on Screen Engine/Comscore's PostTrak have It Chapter Two at four stars and 80% with a 62% definite recommend. Females over 25 were dominant at 30% followed by females under 25 at 27%, males under 25 at 23% and males over 25 at 20%. It was an even split between under and over 25.
The difference here is that preview shows started earlier for the sequel last night at 5 PM, while the original movie began screenings at 7 PM. Also, It played at 3,500 theaters on its Thursday night, while Chapter Two is booked at 3,700-plus, rising to 4,570 theaters tomorrow (easily the widest September release ever, big-footing Warner Animation's Smallfoot which played at 4,131.

ABC’s College Football Kickoff Tackles ‘Big Brother’ In Sunday Ratings

4-ranked Oklahoma against Houston drew a night-leading 1.5 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic and 5.34 million viewers, proving to be a worthy opponent to CBS' Big Brother (0.9, 4.10M) on Sunday. ABC's primetime college football season opener featuring No.
Overall, ABC, which started its night a 7 PM with a its half-hour fall TV preview show (0.7, 3.55M), won the night in the demo and total viewers. 2 in both.” /> CBS was No.
The Oklahoma-Houston game meanwhile, a 49-31 win for the Sooners, topped each half-hour on the night from 7:30-11 PM ET.
Elsewhere, almost everyone else went with repeats owing to the three-day Labor Day holiday, an exception being Fox's season finale of What Just Happened??! The hybrid summers series was even in the demo with last week's 9:30 PM episode, one of two that night after returning after two weeks off. With Fred Savage (0.2, 620,000). This week's numbers were consistent with the show's full run.
Last week, BB grew a tenth to a 1.2 in the finals also against football (an NFL preseason game on NBC), so we'll see if that happens again. 2 overall in both the demo and total viewers, behind a repeat 60 Minutes in the latter metric. Big Brother dipped two-tenths compared with last week's early numbers, touching a season low, though it did finish No.

‘Big Brother’ Tops Ratings Thursday Amid NFL Preemptions, ‘Holey Moley’ Finale – Update

The CW aired originals of Outpost and Two Sentence Horror Stories.
As of now, CBS and NBC tied for primetime's top spot in the demo while the latter edged the former in total viewers as both networks featured only one non-repeat in their lineups combined.
Here's the chart with final numbers:
The show saw only a tenth of a point shaved from its NFL-inflated preliminary numbers, which were adjusted down by a tenth or two for every show in primetime in final numbers. Its final results Thursday were up in both metrics compared with last week. UPDATED with final numbers: CBS' Big Brother topped a Thursday again littered with NFL preseason preemptions, coming away as the night's top-rated and most-watched program with a 1.2 rating and 4.36 million viewers.
The game tipped ABC's Holey Moley (0.6, 2.65M) for the top spot among originals in the 8 PM hour, with the mini-golf competition airing its first-season finale at 9 PM (0.5, 2.06M). Reef Break (0.3, 2.45M) was up a tenth for ABC at 10 PM. That latter rating is on par with last week's performance. All those downward adjustments included Fox's coverage of the Jacksonville-Miami preseason game (0.8, 2.90M) in primetime, keeping MasterChef on the sidelines but giving the network the overall demo win.
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PREVIOUSLY, 9:15 AM: CBS' Big Brother led a night littered with NFL preseason preemptions Thursday, winning the night a preliminary 1.3 rating and 5.13 million viewers in numbers that as usual will likely be adjusted down later today.
CBS was first overall in total viewers thanks to Big Brother and repeats from The Big Bang Theory, Young Sheldon and FBI.
Check out the new chart with final numbers below.
Fox meanwhile aired the Jacksonville-Miami preseason game in primetime, which also will impact final Nielsen numbers. It collided with back-to-back episodes including the season finale of Holey Moley on ABC, followed by a fresh Reef Break at 10 PM.
The CW aired a new episode of Outpost (0.1, 650,000) and a fresh Two Sentence Horror Story (0.1, 450K) at 9 PM which were both rock-steady week to week. NBC aired all repeats.

‘Hobbs & Shaw’ Still Has Heft With $24M+, ‘Scary Stories’ Telling $21M+, ‘Dora’ Spotting $16M – Midday B.O. Update

Dora is 77% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, but these exits are more powerful and will propel her. Moms led the way at 59%, with girls under 12 outnumbering boys at 59% as well. The turnout was 44% Hispanic, 39% Caucasian, 7% Asian and 4% African American. In overall audience make-up females under 25 repped 31% of the crowd, females over 25 repped 26%, men under 25 were 24%, and men over 25 at 19%. Families repped 55% of Dora's audience last night, with parents giving the pic 4 1/2 stars and kids under 12 3 1/2 stars in PostTrak exits.
UPDATED with more Thursday preview results: CBS Films/eOne/Lionsgate's Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark racked up $2.33 million at 2,500 locations Thursday in shows that began at 7 PM. How front-loaded will the Andre Ovredal-directed PG-13 spooky film be?
The $49M production is co-financed by Walden Media and Media Rights Capital. The hope here for Paramount this weekend given such a prime piece of Viacom IP is that Dora dashes past $20M and over-indexes (as it should for a property that since 2002 has reportedly accounted for well north of $11 billion in worldwide consumer sales).
PostTrak exists show 4 stars for general audiences for Racing in the Rain, 4 1/2 from parents, and 4 stars from kids under 12. General audiences repped 80% of attendees last night. A total of 34% of the audience was over 35. Females over 25 were strong at 31%, men over 25 at 30%, females under 25 at 28%, and men under 25 at 11%.
Sony/Bona's Quentin Tarantino movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is 5th with a 3rd weekend of $10M, -50% and a running total of $98.7M.
Tracking heading into the weekend had Scary and Paramount's live-action take of the famed Nickelodeon cartoon, Dora and the Lost City of Gold, colliding as they aim to grab young teen girls with $15M-$17M apiece. But Dora raked in a solid $1.25M last night from showtimes that started at 4 PM, which could push her beyond estimates.
Scary Stories, written by Dan Hageman and Kevin Hageman with a screen story by Guillermo del Toro, Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan, only received 3 stars on PostTrak last night. Caucasians turned out at 46%, Hispanics at 28%, African Americans at 11% and Asians at 9%. Audience was 57% over 25, with females over 25 leading at 29%, men over 25 at 28% females under 25 at 23%, and men under 25 at 20%. Production cost net for the pic was $25M. On the upside, critics are enjoying the pic at 81% fresh. So far, Dora has the bigger ratio of females under 25.
Everything else is not looking so hot: Disney/Fox's The Art of Racing in the Rain ($3.1M, $8.5M), New Line's The Kitchen ($2M, $5.7M) and Bleecker Street's Brian Banks ($650K Friday with $100K from previews, $1.85M opening).
Remember, it's a kid's movie, so tomorrow's matinees is this pic's best friend. Paramount/MRC/Walden Media's Dora and the Lost City of Gold will see $6M today estimated, including last night's $1.25M, for an anticipated $16M debut.
Disney's Lion King will rank 3rd with $20M in weekend 4, -48% for a running total of $473M by Sunday.
Dora's Thursday night cash is right on the money with the 7 PM shows of Disney's Big Hero 6 ($1.25M back on November 6, 2014, which translated into a $56.2M opening — not expected here for Dora) and is higher than the $1.2M of Fox's Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children ($9M opening day, $28.8M opening).
Hobbs & Shaw ends week 1 with $83.1M, 7% behind Paramount's Mission: Impossible – Fallout, to which many have been comparing the pic's B.O. Meanwhile, the expectation is that Universal's Hobbs & Shaw will reign supreme with $28M-$30M in its second frame. Yesterday, though, Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham had their feet stepped on by Disney's The Lion King, which won the day $4.2M-$4M. Lion King ends week 3 with an estimated $60.5M and a running total of $453.1M. trajectory.
2nd Update Friday, midday: Despite the onslaught of five wide releases, Universal's Hobbs & Shaw will continue to have No. 1 bragging rights in weekend 2 with $24.8M, but down 59% for a 10-day by Sunday of $107.9M.
Very ironic for a label that is winding down theatrically prior to the CBS-Viacom merger. If that estimates doesn't buckle, it will be CBS Films' best opening of all-time, besting 2012 Daniel Radcliffe movie The Woman in Black ($20.8M). Today the Dwayne Johnson-Jason Statham pic is expected to settle for second place with $7M to CBS Films/eOne/Lionsgate's Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark which will see $8.5M-$9M today (including last night's $2.33M) for a 2nd place take of $21.3M.
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Fandango reports that Art of Racing in the Rain presales were outpacing those pics yesterday at the same point in their sales cycles. It is higher than the $250K made by its sequel, A Dog's Journey, back in May from Thursday nights. Disney/Fox's The Art of Racing in the Rain drew $450K from 7 PM previews last night which is below the $535K 5 PM preview made by Sony/Bona Fide's A Dog's Way Home, and just under the $455K made by Uni/DreamWorks' 2017 A Dog's Purpose starring This Is Us' Milo Ventimiglia.
Some think it's quite possible that Art here, though a leftover from the previous Fox administration, could beat its high single grosses for a take around — possibly — Breakthrough ($11.2M for three days), another pic that starred a This Is Us castmember, Chrissy Metz. This pic is aimed largely at the faith-based we hear, and women over 50 — just in case anyone is wondering why a family dog movie is opening against Dora the Explorer.

‘Big Little Lies’ & ‘Euphoria’ Viewership Hit Series Highs For HBO

The July 7 airing of the fifth episode of Season 2 of the multiple Emmy-winning drama starring Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon and the fourth episode of the first season of the Zendaya-fronted teen drama both hit highs for the premium cabler.
Again, give some time for digital audiences that make up a truly significant aspect of today’s viewing patterns, and the series based on the Israeli show of the same time moved on up to an audience of 1.2 million. That’s a 24% rise from last week and up 5% from the series’ previous high of its June 16 debut.
Coming off the uptick of Big Little Lies, lead-out Euphoria found itself in a very good place too.
With yet another piercing performance from Season 2 addition and 2020 Emmy contender Meryl Streep, BLL actually rose 10% in sets of eyeballs from its June 30 show. The custody battle-vexed “Kill Me” episode snared 1.8 million viewers in its 9 PM airing on HBO, which was the best Big Little Lies ever has done in an original linear broadcast.
Then, jump forward a few days and the Andrea Arnold-directed show has leaped up to a total audience of 2.8 million with HBO Go, HBO Now and other online viewing. An evolving result that is also a best for Big Little Lies and expected to grow further in the coming days as more delayed-viewing data come in.
The Fourth of July holiday weekend turned out to be a great cause for celebration for HBO’s Big Little Lies and Euphoria.
Up against an also-rising The Loudest Voice over on Showtime, the “Shook One, Pt. II” episode of the controversial Sam Levinson series drew 609,000 viewers in its 10 PM slot.
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The CW Sets Fall Premiere Dates: ‘Batwoman’, ‘Supergirl’, ‘The Flash’, ‘Nancy Drew’, More

9:00-10:00 pm —  ARROW (Season Premiere)
The CW’s Fall season officially kicks off with the exclusive broadcast of the IHeartradio Music Festival, airing over two nights Wednesday, October 2 (8-10 PM ET/PT) and Thursday, October 3 (8-10 PM ET/PT).
9:00-10:00 pm — LEGACIES (Season Premiere)
9:00-10:00 pm — NANCY DREW (Encore of Series Premiere)
8:00-9:00 pm —  CHARMED (Season Premiere)
The 15th and final season of Supernatural premieres Thursday, October 10 at 8 PM, followed by the season 2 premiere of Legacies at 9 PM.
8:00-9:00 pm — SUPERNATURAL (Season Premiere)
New series Batwoman joins returning Supergirl for the CW's Sunday night superhero line-up, with Batwoman at 8 PM followed by the season 5 premiere of Supergirl at 9 PM. It kicks off Sunday October 6, the network's newest night after it reclaimed that night last season for original programming.
8:00-9:00 pm — THE FLASH (Original Episode)
The following is The CW’s Fall 2019 premiere schedule:
9:00-10:00 pm — BATWOMAN (Encore of Series Premiere)
9:00-10:00 pm — SUPERGIRL (Season Premiere)
9:00-10:00 pm — DYNASTY (Season Premiere)
For the next two Mondays, original episodes of All American will lead into encore presentations of Batwoman on October 7 and Nancy Drew on October 14. All American returns for its sophomore season on a new night on Monday, October 7 at 8 PM. The season three premiere of Black Lightning will air Monday, October 21 at 9 PM following a new episode of All American at 8 PM.
8:00-9:00 pm — THE FLASH (Season Premiere)
Charmed moves to Friday for its second season, premiering Friday, October 11 at 8 PM, followed by the season 3 premiere of Dynasty at 9 PM.
8:00-9:00 pm —  RIVERDALE (Season Premiere)
8:00-9:00 pm — BATWOMAN (Series Premiere)
9:00-10:00  pm — BATWOMAN (2nd Encore of Series Premiere)
On Tuesday, October 15 at 9 PM, the final season of Arrow begins on a new night after an original episode of The Flash. The Flash will be back for its sixth season on Tuesday, October 8 at 8 PM, followed by a second encore presentation of the series premiere of Batwoman.
8:00-9:00 pm — ALL AMERICAN (Season Premiere)
8:00-9:00 pm — ALL AMERICAN (Original Episode)
9:00-10:00 pm — BLACK LIGHTNING (Season Premiere)” />
8:00-9:00 pm — ALL AMERICAN (Original Episode)
Riverdale premieres its fourth season on Wednesday, October 9 at 8 PM followed by the series premiere of The CW’s take on iconic detective Nancy Drew at 9 PM.
The CW is out with its fall schedule for its new and returning series.
9:00-10:00 pm — NANCY DREW (Series Premiere)

CBS Sets Fall Premiere Dates: ‘Bob ♥ Abishola’, ‘All Rise’, ‘Evil’, ‘Young Sheldon’, ‘NCIS’, ‘Blue Bloods’ & More

27 Friday, Sept.
Thursday, Sept. 26
8-8:30 PM — THE NEIGHBORHOOD (2nd Season Premiere)
7:30-8:30 PM — 60 MINUTES (52nd Season Premiere)
10-11 PM — MADAM SECRETARY (6th Season Premiere)” />
10-11 PM — BLUE BLOODS (10th Season Premiere)
24 Tuesday, Sept.
9-10 PM — SEAL TEAM (3rd Season Premiere)
10-11 PM — S.W.A.T. (3rd Season Premiere)
8-9 PM — GOD FRIENDED ME (Regular Time Period)
6 Sunday, Oct.
Young Sheldon returns for its third season September 26 in its new Thursday 8 PM anchor position, succeeding The Big Bang Theory. It is followed by the series premiere of The Unicorn at 8:30 PM and Mom season 7 at 9 PM. Patricia Heaton's return to CBS in new comedy Carol's Second Act follows at 9:30 PM, and then new drama Evil at 10 PM.
7-8 PM — 60 MINUTES (Regular Time Period)
Football Doubleheader
8-8:30 PM — YOUNG SHELDON (3rd Season Premiere)
(2nd Season Premiere) 9-10 PM — MAGNUM P.I.
8-9 PM — SURVIVOR (Regular Time Period)
Sunday, Sept. 29
8:30-9:30 PM –GOD FRIENDED ME (2nd Season Premiere)
10-11 PM — BULL (4th Season Premiere)
9:-10 PM — NCIS: LOS ANGELES (Regular Time Period)
23 Monday, Sept.
8-9:30 PM — SURVIVOR (90-Minute 39th Season Premiere)
CBS has announced the premiere dates for its 2019-2020 fall season. As usual, CBS’ is sticking to tradition, rolling out the bulk of its lineup (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday) during the official premiere week.
8-9 PM — NCIS (17th Season Premiere)
10-11 PM — 48 HOURS (33rd Season Premiere)
9-9:30 PM — MOM (7th Season Premiere)
25 Wednesday, Sept.
Complete schedule below:
8-9 PM — HAWAII FIVE-0 (10th Season Premiere)
Additionally, pushed by a week because of an NFL double-header is the final season premiere of Madam Secretary on Sunday. Like it has done for the past few years, the network is kicking off Wednesdays with a supersized Survivor season premiere and supersized Big Brother finale before reverting to the regular schedule on the night in Week 2 of the season.
9:30-11 PM — BIG BROTHER (Live Season Finale)
28 Saturday, Sept.
That will be followed by the season 4 premiere of Bull at 10 PM. CBS' Premiere week opens Monday, September 23 with the season 2 premiere of The Neighborhood at 8 PM, leading into the series premieres of new comedy Bob ♥ Abishola at 8:30 PM and new drama All Rise at 9 PM.
9-10 PM — FBI (2nd Season Premiere)
10-11 PM — NCIS: NEW ORLEANS (6th Season Premiere)
9:30-10:30 PM — NCIS: LOS ANGELES (11th Season Premiere)
Wednesday, Oct.2

Disney’s Live-Action ‘Aladdin’ Looking At $95M+ In Memorial Day Riches – Midday Box Office Update

The R-rated film is tracking towards a domestic four-day weekend opening in the mid- to high-single-digits.” /> United Artists' release of Annapurna's Olivia Wilde-directed teenage comedy Booksmart took in $875K in previews.
Last night was also the best preview start for director Guy Ritchie at the domestic box office; two summers ago, his King Arthur: Legend of the Sword tanked with a $15.3M opening, leading to a $39.1M domestic finish and $148.6M global off a $175M production cost.
Those who've seen the top sheet of Aladdin say it cost around $182M net, which is cheaper than Pirates 5 ($230M production cost net before P&A), and a little higher than Beauty and the Beast ($160M).
That figure is exceedingly better than the frumpy Thursday night start of Dumbo, which only snorted up $2.6M for a $46M weekend. PREVIOUSLY, 7:36 AM: Disney's Aladdin is off to strong start after $7 million in Thursday night previews that began officially at 6 PM yesterday, preceded by 5 PM fan events.
We will have more box office updates later today.
There can be fall-off as people become distracted by holiday activities. Some see the Guy Ritchie film besting Solo: A Star Wars Story's four-day Memorial Day start of $103M last year with a potential $104M gross, but this holiday is so wonky it is too soon to call it at that.
It is now expected to hit $80 million over three days and $95 million over the full four-day Memorial Day holiday weekend frame. UPDATED, 1:17 PM: At this time we can tell you that Disney's Aladdin is off to a healthy start at the domestic box office with a $28 million-$30 million Friday (including $7 million in Thursday's previews).
Sony Screens Gems/The H Collective has the James Gunn-produced superhero horror pic Brightburn, which drew $950,000 last night from 7 PM shows at 2,257 locations. Pic's opening is projected at $8M over three days and $10M for four days. That's ahead of Warner Bros' R-rated July 2015 horror pic The Gallows, which opened to $9.8M. Brightburn cost an estimated $6M before marketing and distribution costs.
So far, so good: ComScore/Screen Engine PostTrack exits show general audiences giving Aladdin 4 1/2 stars and a solid 69% definite recommend. Females over 25 lead at 34% (98% positive grade), followed by females under 25 at 25% (97% grade), men over 25 at 21% (88%) and Men under 25 at 20% (83%). Parents gave the pic four stars after turning out at 12%, and kids under 12, who repped 20% of the crowd and loved it at 4 1/2 stars.
We'll see whether the die-hard Aladdin fans dominate or remain divided as the weekend continues. Critics are split about the live-action reboot of the 1992 Disney classic at 60% fresh. Tracking is between $73M-$85M on Aladdin over the Friday-through-Monday stretch of Memorial Day weekend.
Many are comparing Aladdin to the female-skewing Cinderella, and Prince Ali also beat her 8 PM Thursday showtimes of $2.3M, which turned into a $67.8M opening. Aladdin's Thursday also bests that of Disney's 2017 Memorial Day attempt Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales ($5.5M off 7 PM shows for a $78.4M four-day opening) as well as late May 2014's live-action Sleeping Beauty spinoff Maleficent ($4.2M previews from 9 PM and midnight, $69M opening).
Among the preview nights for the live-action remakes of Disney's toons, Beauty and the Beast is still the fairest in the land with a huge $16.3M from March 16, 2017 shows.
In terms of the survey demographics, 50% were 25-34 years old, 26% were in the range of 35-44, and 12% were 45-54. Of those that voted for Aladdin as their top summer movie, they also said they are most excited to hear the song “A Whole New World” from the movie. Also based on the survey, fans of the movie also skewed more female (~60%), which was what tracking spotted and what last night's exit polls indicated. The majority (70%) are really excited to see Will Smith as the genie. Based on Atom’s recent Summer Movie Survey, Aladdin was in the top 10 Most Anticipated Summer Movies list in addition to the top 5 Most Anticipated Family Summer Movies. Atom Tickets saw Aladdin presales outstrip those of Dumbo and Mary Poppins Returns.
Disney has traditionally tanked over Memorial Day weekend with its event attempts, but this year might be different. We went into the weekend projecting on the low end, given the funkiness of moviegoing over the Memorial Day stretch. If those figures maintain, Ritchie is bound to see his best opening at the domestic B.O. Since Marvel movies have taken over the earlier part of the month (or late April), Memorial Day has increasingly become anti-climactic at the box office. after 2009's Sherlock Holmes ($62.3M).
Regardless, it's a better than anticipated start for Disney's latest live-action remake, on which critics are divided but exit polls show audiences love. Aladdin is a brand that is fresher than Dumbo and hipper, being a fave of Gen X and Gen Y audiences.

‘Game Of Thrones’ Leaks Lead To UK Sky Atlantic Social Media Blackout

Tonight's finale airs at 9 PM on HBO. So far, no video leaks have emerged, as happened for several of the episodes.
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Besides tonight's ending, a fan petition to remake the final season of Game of Thrones now has more than one million signatures, and several cast members have voiced displeasure at the negativity.
There's already been a text leak of last week's episode five plot that was accurate, and the same post contains points on this week's finale. Fans are flooding social media with predictions, speculations, disappointment, and admonitions to avoid certain areas. Rumors that multiple endings have been filmed have emerged, leaving fans wondering just when the final cut was decided.
The UK's Sky Atlantic has announced a social media blackout to help fans avoid spoilers. The final episode airs at 9 PM tonight in the US and 2 AM in the UK, making the blackout necessary for those who like to be surprised. Sky has confirmed that its Facebook, Instagram and Twitter will be silent for a full 24 hours from midnight Saturday, to try to and prevent spoilers.
Euron Greyjoy actor Pilou Asbæk said that pleasing everyone can't be done. "You cannot satisfy one billion people, it's not possible."  Actor Jacob Anderson, who plays Grey Worm, was more blunt. When asked about the fan petition, he told TMZ,  "I want to say, that sucks."
The grand finale of Game of Thrones is just a few hours away, and speculation on how it will end has reached a fever pitch.

National Geographic Sets Date For Emmy Contenders Showcase: A One-Of-A-Kind Outdoor Experience & Concert

From 5:30-8 PM, attendees will be able to speak with the artists behind Life Below Zero, while getting a glacial facial and grabbing a frozen treat. They also can get a henna tattoo and create their own religious charms with the producers of The Story of God, play nostalgic '90s arcade games inspired by Valley of the Boom, and enter The Hot Zone by getting into costume in a space inspired by the network's anticipated miniseries.
As Emmy season heats up and For Your Consideration campaigning kicks into high gear, National Geographic has taken the wraps off a a one-of-a-kind outdoor experience June 2 at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles to celebrate the talent behind its 2019 contenders.
National Geographic said it expects to make the showcase an annual event.” />
Among the experiences: The subject of Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai-Vasarhelyi’s Oscar-winning documentary Free Solo, Alex Honnold, will be on hand for a book signing, and attendees can experience his El Capitan ascent firsthand through a unique picture and sound editing demo and Hostile Planet, a look at the world's harshest landscapes and the animals living within them, will be represented via an animal exhibit and VR experience.
Different from the usual screening-then-panel FYC format, attendees will be treated to a series of experiences involving the 30 artists behind the network’s programming scheduled to appear, along with a live concert hosted by Morgan Freeman. The event, sponsored by media partners Deadline and Rolling Stone, kicks off at 5:30 PM with a Contenders Showcase and family picnic, which will feature talent from six of National Geographic’s series and documentaries.
At 8 PM, a live orchestra takes the stage with visuals showcasing Free Solo’s harrowing final moments; scenes from The Flood, a documentary on animals living in the heart of Africa’s Okavango Delta, with narration by Angela Bassett; and an epic, sweeping look at life on the Hostile Planet.

‘Pokémon Detective Pikachu’ To Uncover $160M+ Around The World; ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Far From Over

That didn't work last weekend for the most part, with STXfilms' UglyDolls going to the dogs with a $8.6M opening and Lionsgate's Long Shot going short at $9.7M. Pikachu is not alone this weekend with counter-programming looking to play off Endgame. Screen Gems' The Intruder with to its $5M production did alright with $10.85M.
However, the pic is expected to log in the low-single digits. Dome Karukoski directs from David Gleeson and Stephen Beresford's screenplay. Fox Searchlight has Tolkien, which the studio is pushing wider than it usually does at 1,425 theaters (it's nice having Disney behind you). Previews start at 6 PM on Thursday.” /> The pic, produced by Chernin Entertainment, follows the formative years of who would become the famed Lord of the Rings author, with his life during World War I being a big inspiration for his Middle-Earth novels.
Neither of those had similar rollout patterns so are difficult to size up on a like-for-like basis. Warners is also expected to be looking at comps like Bumblebee as a franchise hybrid (China, UK, Korea, Mexico and Indonesia were its ultimate best markets) and 2014’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (China, Russia, UK, Mexico, Brazil).
Previews begin on Thursday at 7 PM. No RT score registered at this point in time. This weekend, United Artists Releasing/MGM will be doing The Hustle, the femme reboot of the 1988 comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. The new pic starring Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson is banking on women of all ages over the Mothers Day weekend with some males for a $12M start.
Also in April, Reynolds, Smith, Letterman and Newton gathered for fans in Beijing with Chinese actor Lei Jiayin (The Wandering Earth, Crazy Alien, How Long Will I Love U), who voices the titular character in the local version. On April 25, a premiere was held in Tokyo with Reynolds alongside Letterman and stars Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton and Ken Watanabe. Reynolds has been out promoting Pikachu with the biggest pushes in Japan and China.
The pic currently counts 71% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. That's making Pikachu projections a bit dicey. Still, there’s a hulking presence in overseas markets with Endgame not expected to plummet after just a 55% dip last weekend. U.S./Canada previews kick off at 4 PM on Thursday and will have premium ticket boosts from PLFs, Dine Ins, Motion Seats, and Drive Ins.
One codicil here is that we hear some of the big chains are not giving the movie an abundance of showtimes, treating it more like an animated opening meaning evening shows might be hindered. Early Middle Kingdom reaction has been positive, although there are no social scores yet. China is where Pikachu should take off this weekend, with estimates ranging from $40M-$60M locally. However, with the backing of Legendary on this estimated $150M production, there is some local brawn. Of course, there’s also still the Endgame factor, though the Disney/Marvel juggernaut has naturally slowed this week.
In terms of game-to-screen comps offshore, we’re looking more at The Angry Birds Movie, which in 2016 opened to $43M in 74 markets (not including China, which bowed to $29M), all at unadjusted rates (it ultimately performed best in China, the UK, Germany, Russia and Brazil). Despite the Rovio game’s popularity, it did not feature a major star like Reynolds.
At a time when Disney/Marvel's Avengers: Endgame is still the boss at the box office with a running global total of $2.27 billion, Legendary Entertainment/Warner Bros' Pokémon Detective Pikachu is looking to push his way in and grab as much as he can with a $50 million-$55 million domestic opening weekend at 4,200-plus theaters, and another $90M-$120M offshore for an average global launch near $160M-plus.
and Canada, Pikachu will have to settle for second as Endgame's third weekend eyes $75M-$85M, which would be the second best haul for a third weekend after Star Wars: The Force Awakens' $90.2M. In the U.S.
Germany has also been one of the key homes for earlier iterations of the Pokémon franchise put out by Warner Bros. Pikachu should tap into family markets like the Latin American majors.
Previews start at 3 PM tomorrow. Last year during the third weekend of May, Paramount launched its older-skewing Keaton-Jane Fonda-Candice Bergen-Mary Steenburgen ensemble comedy Book Club to $13.5M; it wound up with a 5x multiple of $68.6M. Pic stars Diane Keaton, Jacki Weaver, Pam Grier, Celia Weston and Rhea Perlman and is about a group of women in a retirement community who start a cheerleading squad. Poms has no RT score yet. STXfilms is also looking at older moms with their $8M-$9M American Film Market acquisition of eOne's Poms, which estimates have between $7M-$10M at 2,750 theaters.
and abroad has raised the eyebrows of many rival distribution executives, with many bracing for a surprise. In addition, the film's awareness has been heightened by the comedic attitude of Deadpool's Ryan Reynolds (albeit in a PG tone). The tracking for Pikachu in the U.S. However, there is a fanbase for Pokemon cemented in recent years by the success of the Pokemon Go mobile app game. While it skews family, the hope is that it plays broader, à la Shazam!
Internationally, Pikachu will release in 62 markets through Friday (Russia is not in the opening suite). There’s also the issue that Hollywood adaptations of Japanese source material can be a tough sell. Despite the popularity of the Pokémon brand in Japan, Pikachu is not expected to overindex there. Part of the reason is that an animated Pokémon pic comes out there every year in July, having done so since 1998. While Detective Pikachu is a live-action hybrid, the market is more in tune with this as a children’s property. The film directed by Rob Letterman bowed early in Japan last weekend, grossing $6.9M locally, though this is not necessarily an indicator market.

blackbear – BURNT AF Lyrics

We belong to other lovers, I don’t know why I even tried [Chorus]
We belong to other lovers so we gonna hurt each other
We only hurt each other
We belong to other lovers, I don’t know why I even tried
We belong to other lovers so we gonna hurt each other
Why we go and choose each other? Play this song
Oh, burnt
So burnt
Burnt as fuck
[Verse 1]
I woke up at 7 AM to The Mars Volta
The songs you be playing remind me we’ve grown older
Sick with a kid in your belly, I drank soda
With Maker’s and ice, let you cry on my shoulder
You blame me for everything, you got the best of me
I almost died and I’ll give you the recipe
I almost died on the day that you showed up
You culture, culture, culture vulture
Still got my Gucci hoodie, what up? We belong to other lovers, I don’t know why I even tried
Burnt as fuck, burnt as fuck
Burnt as fuck, burnt as fuck
Burnt as fuck, burnt as fuck
[Verse 2]
I woke up at 7 PM in a mansion
Next to a girl I thought I just danced with
Guess the maids let me sleep
Call an Uber, change my sheets
Made me move back to suite 23 at the chateau
I’m off for the rest of the spring, maybe check back to rehab
We’ll see
I’m turning into someone who surely ain’t me
Look in the mirror like, “Who could that be?”
And I blame a lot on you
Your name even rhyme, but it ain’t that deep
You’re just a culture, culture, culture vulture
Still got my Gucci hoodie, what up? [Chorus]
We belong to other lovers so we gonna hurt each other
We only hurt each other
We belong to other lovers, I don’t know why I even tried
We belong to other lovers so we gonna hurt each other
Why we go and choose each other?

‘New Amsterdam’ Slides, ‘The Code’ Launch Fails To Crack ‘FBI’ Numbers

ABC (0.6, 3.17M) and Fox (0.6, 2.29M) tied for third in the 18-49 age bracket, followed by CW (0.2, 708,000).” />
Airing its first original in a month, NBC’s 10 PM New Amsterdam (0.7, 4.63M) scored season lows in both metrics. Instead of its usual This is Us lead-in, New Amsterdam aired after The Village (0.7, 4.18M) in the 9 PM hour, which hung on to its previous week’s demo rating.
The launch of CBS’ The Code (0.7, 8.17M) tied for No. That slower start led to new series low for NCIS: New Orleans (0.6, 6.74M), though it nonetheless topped 10 PM in total viewers. 1 in the 9 PM hour in demo and took the slot in total viewers by 4M, but failed to match the lowest rating all season from slot regular FBI.
ABC’s Season 2 finale of Splitting Up Together (0.6, 2.49M) equaled its series low in the demo, which it has clocked each of the last seven episodes.
CBS (0.8, 8.83M) ran a lap ahead of other networks Tuesday in total viewers, while NBC (0.9, 5.34M) topped in the demo.
With its first Tuesday telecast in five weeks, NBC’s The Voice (1.2 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic, 7.2 million viewers) nabbed the night’s demo win, while CBS’ NCIS (1.1, 11.59M) clobbered the competition in total viewers and topped its nearest time-slot rival The Voice by 4.4 million viewers.

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ & ‘Station 19’ Set Next TGIT Crossover Event

Following a deadly blaze inside a coffee beanery, the members of Station 19 find themselves on high alert as a beloved member of their team lands at Grey Sloan, leaving the future uncertain in the face of a life-threatening situation. Grey's will be followed at 9 PM by the "Always Ready" episode of Station 19.
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Both series continue to draw strong ratings. On the last TGIT Crossover Event, which aired Oct. Grey’s Anatomy is Thursday’s No. Since returning from its winter hiatus last month, Station 19 is the No. 1 program in Thursday’s 9 PM hour among Adults 18-49. 1 TV show this season among key Women (W18-34/W18-49) and ranks as the No. 11, 2018, Station 19 spiked to new series highs and delivered its best-ever lead-in retention out of Grey’s Anatomy (87%). 1 program in Thursday’s 8 PM hour with Adults 18-49.
"What I Did for Love" was written by Mark Driscoll and directed by Jesse Williams. “Always Ready” was penned by Tia Napolitano and directed by Nicole Rubio.
ABC's Grey's Anatomy and its firefighter spinoff Station 19 are prepping their next crossover event set for Thursday, May 2.
It kicks off at 8 PM with Grey’s Anatomy episode “What I Did for Love,” where Maggie (Kelly McCreary) treats one of Station 19’s own, and Jo (Camilla Luddington) learns a hard lesson. Meanwhile, when working with a family seeking asylum, Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) makes a call that could jeopardize her career.

CBS Moves ‘Amazing Race’ Premiere Up A Month, Bumps ‘Million Dollar Mile’ To Saturdays

Married from Indianapolis
Nicole Franzel (26) and Victor Arroyo (28)
Previous season: The Amazing Race 20
Previous seasons: Survivor: Gabon and Survivor: Caramoan (Corinne); Survivor: Vanuatu and Survivor: Micronesia (Eliza)
and Houston Cousins from Pasadena, Calif.
Million Dollar Mile will air the remaining eight episodes of its 10-episode season on Saturdays beginning May 4, at 8 PM with Ransom moving back an hour to 9 PM.
Chris Hammons (40) and Bret Labelle (44)
Water (Rupert); Survivor: Blood vs. Previous seasons: Survivor: Pearl Islands, Survivor: All-Stars, Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains, and Survivor: Blood vs. Water (Laura)
Friends from Los Angeles and San Francisco
Leo Temory (31) and Jamal Zadran (30)
The network also released a sneak peek at the upcoming season, which comes with a twist: It will match teams of fan-favorite racers alongside duos from Survivor and Big Brother in a "reality showdown." Watch the clip below.
Sisters from Van Nuys, Calif. and Las Vegas
Previous seasons: Big Brother 16, winner of Big Brother 18 (Nicole); Big Brother 18 (Victor)” />
and Tulsa, Okla. Friends from Lakeville, Minn.
Colin Guinn (38) and Christie Woods (40)
Watch the new promo for the multiple-Emmy-winning Amazing Race here, and read up on the new series-crossing teams for Season 31 below:
Art Velez (49) and John James “JJ” Carrell (49)
and Dedham, Mass. Friends from Moore, Okla.
Friends from Boulder and Highlands Ranch, Colo.
Previous season: The Amazing Race 28
Dating from Ubly, Mich.
Corinne Kaplan (39) and Eliza Orlins (35)
Gen X Previous season: Survivor: Millennials vs.
Previous Seasons: Big Brother 12, winner Big Brother 13, The Amazing Race 20 and The Amazing Race: All-Stars (Rachel); Big Brother 15 (Elissa)
Life Partners from Austin
With that move, the network has banished LeBron James' Million Dollar Mile from its Wednesday timeslot to Saturdays after just two episodes. CBS will air a repeat of NCIS in Million Dollar Mile’s timeslot next week. Season 31 of The Amazing Race will leave the starting line more than a month earlier than scheduled. CBS said today that the new iteration will premiere at 9 PM Wednesday, April 17; it had been set for May 22.
Friends from Temecula and San Marcos, Calif.
Previous season: The Amazing Race 5
Previous season: The Amazing Race 29
Becca Droz (28) and Floyd Pierce (23)
Tyler Oakley (31) and Korey Kuhl (33)
Rupert (54) and Laura (49) Boneham
Friends from Denver. and New York
Janelle Pierzina (38) and Britney Haynes (30)
Previous seasons: Big Brother 6, Big Brother All-Stars and Big Brother 14 (Janelle); Big Brother 12 and Big Brother 14 (Britney)
Rachel Reilly (34) and Elissa Slater (32)
The move comes after Million Dollar Mile premiered to soft ratings. It opened with a 1.0/4 rating and 4.1 million viewers in its debut episode, declining to 0.8/4 and 3.4 million viewers in week 2.
Previous seasons: The Amazing Race 23 and The Amazing Race: All-Stars

Friday Ratings: NCAA Men’s Basketball Sweet 16 Slam-Dunks The Competition

NBC's The Blacklist saw a longtime series regular depart during two hour-long episodes, boosting it to a 0.6/3 and 4.33 million audience in the 8 PM segment, and 0.5/3 and 4.03 million in the second hour. The rest of the night was left to struggle for the banquet's leftover audience that's not into sports.
The Cool Kids continued its strong run for Fox at 8:30 PM, posting an 0.6/3 and 3.27 million, while Speechless on ABC was up a tick to 0.4/2 and 2.11 million.
Dynasty did well on The CW, hitting an 0.2/1 and 0.59 million. At 8 PM, Fox's Last Man Standing had a rerun, but still managed a 0.5/3 and 3.23 million audience, finishing in a tie with ABC's Fresh Off The Boat in demos at 0.5/3, but beating it in total audience.
Thus, it's no surprise that the NCAA tournament once again topped the ratings demographics for Friday night, winning handily over the competition by posting a 1.6/8 and 6.56 million viewers for the 8 PM show and an even bigger 2.5 and 8.50 million for the 9:30 game.
At 9 PM, Fox legal drama Proven Innocent held at 0.4/2 and 2 million, while The CW's Crazy Ex-Girlfriend hit 0.1/1 and 0.42 million.
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The huge numbers meant an easy victory for CBS in the overall network race for Friday night, the eye racking up 2.0/10 in demos and 7.53 million in viewership.
It's a time when Cinderella teams find the clock striking midnight, the blue bloods of the sport assert themselves, and premier athletes like Duke's Zion Williamson take over the big stage. It's crunch time in men's college basketball, as the NCAA tournament's "Sweet 16" face off for some dynamic confrontations on the road to the Elite 8, Final Four and ultimate championship game.
ABC's two-hour 20/20 news mag topped non-sports programming among 18-49 adults, hitting 0.7/3 in the demo race and an overall 4.22 million.
At 10 PM, NBC's Dateline rounded out the evening with an 0.4/2 and 3.30 million audience.

Friday Ratings: NCAA Basketball And Zion Williamson Win The Night And Game

Overall, CBS won the network race handily, sporting a 1.5/7 and 4.88 million audience.
The big attraction was the North Dakota State Bison playing the Duke Blue Devils, the latter featuring super-athletic star forward Zion Williamson as must-see TV. Friday saw CBS take over the ratings race from 7 PM to 9:30 PM.
Not to mention that gambling plays a big role, with everything from office brackets to high-rollers at sports books combining to wager an estimated $8.5 billion on the outcomes. The annual hoops tournament, which matches the best 68 teams in men's college basketball in single-elimination games leading up to the April 8th championship in Minneapolis, is the one chance for smaller schools like Wofford and Murray State to grab national attention.
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Duke didn't disappoint either (well, maybe to North Dakota fans), winning 85-62, as Williamson scored 25 points. The game generated a 1.8/9 in 18-49 demos and 6.20 million total audience to take the night's top honors.
Beyond sports, Fox's Last Man Standing was at 0.9/5 and 4.94 million, the night's highest scripted performance and holding steady with last week's performance by the show. Following sitcom The Cool Kids held its 0.7 from last week, and legal drama Proven Innocent also held last week's 0.4.
Dateline held steady at 0.5. NBC's Blindspot slipped to 0.4, down a tick from last week, but The Blacklist was up to 0.6.
The CW saw Dynasty tick upward to 0.2, with Crazy Ex-Girlfriend holding on at 0.1.
The CBS 9:30 PM game saw the UCF Knights against the VCU Rams, and while it didn't have Duke's star power, it still pulled in a 1.1 in demos.
Fox's Last Man Standing usually wins the Friday night primetime demo ratings. This week, another type of last man standing, the NCAA men's basketball tournament, took over the top slot.
At ABC, Fresh Off The Boat scored a 0.6, while Speechless held on to its 0.5 from last week, 20/20 had yet another good week, as the newsmag rose up to 0.9, again crushing its competition.

‘Last Man Standing’ Keeps Friday Ratings Hold While CBS Scores Double Win

CBS' night started with MacGyver (0.8, 6.57M), a tenth behind Standing in the demo but tops in the hour in viewers in a time slot that included the first of back-to-back episodes of The Blacklist (0.6, 4.34M at 8, a season viewer high, and 0.6, 3.99M at 9) on NBC, and Fresh Off the Boat (0.6, 3.08M), down a tenth, on ABC.
Elsewhere for Fox, The Cool Kids (0.7, 3.80M) returned to a series low at 8:30 PM. At 9, Proven Innocent (0.4, 2.09M), the new legal drama from Fox and Danny Strong, dipped a tenth in its second week and a full half-point from its Standing lead-in.
The CW aired reruns.
The CW (0.2, 890,000) followed.” /> 3 in viewers after NBC (0.6, 3.81M), which tied with ABC (0.6, 3.05M) in the demo. Overall, CBS (0.8, 6.86M) won the night followed in the demo by Fox (0.7, 3.55M), which was No.
The newsmag again topped NBC's rival Dateline (0.5, 3.09M) head to head at 10, with the latter returning from a week off to match its previous demo number. ABC wrapped its comedy block with an even Speechless (0.5, 2.28M) at 8:30 which led in to a two-hour 20/20 (0.7, 3.79M).
7.07M at 9 PM and the night's most-watched show, and 0.8, 6.95M at 10 PM) gave CBS the nightly win in both the demo and total viewers. Fox's Last Man Standing (0.9 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic, 4.61 million viewers) fell two tenths from last week but still ended Friday as the night's top-rated show in primetime. But a drama lineup led by back-to-back fresh episodes of Hawaii Five-0 (0.8.

Fox Comedies, ‘60 Minutes’ Andrew McCabe Sit-Down Top Slow Holiday Sunday Ratings

Fox fared best in the demo, fueled by a NASCAR Daytona 500 primetime kickoff in a swath of the country. From 8-9:30 PM, the network averaged a 0.9 demo rating with The Simpsons (0.9, 2.80M), Bob’s Burgers (0.9, 2.22M), and Family Guy (0.9, 2.21M), after which a repeat Family Guy (0.7, 1.79M) wrapped the network's night.
At 10 PM, Madam Secretary (0.4, 4.97M) hit a series low in the demo. Making its return after CBS' Super Bowl and Grammy Sundays, newsmag 60 Minutes' blockbuster interview with former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe (0.8, 9.69M) was the night’s most watched program. God Friended Me (0.7, 7.19M) followed and took its hour in total viewers, beating closest competition by 4.3 million viewers; NCIS: Los Angeles (0.7, 6.70M) was the most watched program at 9 PM by 1.3M viewers.
Fox (1.1, 4.21M) topped the night in the demo; CBS (0.7, 7.138M) was first total viewers, with a nearly 3M lead over closest competitor, and came in No. NBC (0.6, 3.91M) and ABC (0.6, 3.38M) tied for third in the age bracket; CW (0.3, 975K) wrapped up the list.” /> 2 demo-wise.
The CW’s Charmed (0.2, 772,000) matched its demo season low, after Supergirl (0.3, 1.18M) came in on par with previous most recent broadcast.
Viewers pulled away from broadcast networks Sunday to warm up for Presidents Day revelry or watch the NBA All-Star Game on TNT and TBS.
NBC’s 7 PM Sunday movie, How to Train Your Dragon (0.5, 2.37M) was followed at 9 PM by the network’s Elvis All-Star Tribute (0.6, 5.46M), which took its second hour in both ratings metrics.

‘AGT: Champions’ Powers NBC To Monday Ratings Win; ‘Bachelor’ Takes Demo

Fox's The Resident (1.0, 5.33M) and The Passage (0.9, 3.70M) were both steady compared with a week ago.
ABC finished second overall in the demo and tied CBS for second in viewers despite airing a rerun of The Good Doctor at 10 PM. Man With a Plan (1.1, 5.70M) bucked the trend and was even at 8:30 PM. CBS meanwhile saw dips led by Big Brother: Celebrity Edition (0.8, 3.55M), off three-tenths, along with The Neighborhood (1.3, 7.04M) and Bull (0.7, 6.18M) both down a tenth.
Arrow (0.3, 1.10M) matched its season low in the demo on the CW, on a night a series regular said goodbye. Black Lightning (0.3, 960,000) followed and was even.” />
AGT: Champs combined with Manifest (1.1, 6.03) at 10 PM, up two-tenths, to give NBC the overall win for the night in both metrics.
NBC's America's Got Talent: The Champions (1.7 rating in the adults 18-49 demo, 10.42 million viewers) neared its season high in viewership and matched its season-best demo number to finish as broadcast's second highest-rated primetime program Tuesday a tick behind ABC's steady The Bachelor (1.8, 6.20M).

‘Lego Movie 2’ Stacks $40M; ‘What Men Want’ Solid With $20M – Midday Box Office

Comparing previews to other Lego movies: The Lego Batman Movie earned $2.2M from 3,500 locations that started at 5 PM. That repped 15% of its $14.4M opening day before exploding to $23M on Saturday for a $53M three-day total and a No. The first Lego Movie in February 2014 made $425,000 after 10 PM Thursday night previews and went on to make $69M in its first weekend. 1 win against Univeral's Fifty Shades Darker ($46.6M) and Lionsgate's John Wick: Chapter Two ($30.4M).
PREVIOUS, Friday AM: Warner Bros' The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part drew $1.5 million on Thursday night from showtimes starting at 4 PM, and when including the pic's early January 26 previews, the all-in pre-opening figure for the sequel is $2.1M.
That movie ended its run at $26.4M. Lionsgate's Liam Neeson snowplow action pic Cold Pursuit is eyeing $11.5M, with $4.1M today, a bit higher than his March 2015 pic Run All Night which received awful reviews at 59% Rotten but a great A- CinemaScore.
Tracking had Lego Movie 2 opening between $50M-$55M. That is lower than the first pic's 95%, and Lego Batman's 90%, but higher than Lego Ninjago's 56% Rotten. Even though Phil Lord and Christoper Miller aren't directing The Second Part, they wrote it, and critics have blessed it with a Rotten Tomatoes certified fresh of 83%.
Warners doesn't always hold previews for its kids pics during the non-summer or non-holiday periods, i.e., in September 2017 there weren't any Thursday night previews for The Lego Ninjago Movie. To do $1.5M on a night when there aren't any K-12 schools off is commendable (0% per ComScore and only 1% colleges off). Animation pics have long legs, and the whole reason why Warners is going during a time when schools are in session is to get a leg up on the busy, crowded Presidents Day weekend, which will take off on Valentine's Day next Thursday.
In 2050 theaters last night starting at 7 PM, Liam Neeson's Cold Pursuit from Lionsgate played earning $540K. That's lower than the action star's The Commuter a year ago, which earned $700K ($13.7M opening), but higher than his March 2015 release Run All Night ($455K Thursday, $11M start). Projections are between $8M-$11M. Critics enjoyed the movie at 80% fresh.
Orion's horror pic The Prodigy looks to do around $6.5M and may tussle with STX's The Upside ($6.5M) and Universal/BVI's Glass ($6M) for fourth place.
However, this is a Saturday matinee movie, not a Friday night one. One report is seeing Lego Movie 2 below $40M, like at $35M. We'll let you know if and when Bricksburg crumbles. 2nd UPDATE, 12:36 PM Friday: Early midday numbers show The Lego Movie 2 with an $11 million opening day and an estimated $40M weekend, lower than the $50M-$55M expected.
A $5M-$7M start is expected here for Prodigy. Orion's R-rated horror pic The Prodigy drew $350K last night which is on par with horror pics like 2015's The Lazarus Effect ($350K preview, $10.2M weekend) and DreamWorks' R-rated Fright Night ($350K, $7.7M opening); it's also slightly above BH Tilt's The Belko Experiment ($325K preview, $4.1M opening). Critics aren't impressed with the movie at 54% Rotten.” />
Before P&A the pic cost $20M. Today, the Taraji P. Henson movie is grossing around $7.8M. That said, Paramount's What Men Want is coming in at the top of where Paramount was seeing it, at $20M for the weekend, very good for a comedy in this day and age when the genre is challenged on the big screen.
Expectations earlier this week for What Men Want were between $18M-$20M, and that grew to $25M yesterday. Henson comedy What Men Want was very strong last night with $1.25M. Night School opened to $27M. That's slightly under the $1.35M made by Universal's Kevin Hart-Tiffany Haddish comedy Night School and ahead of The Upside ($1.1M) and Uncle Drew ($1.1M). Critics have squashed the movie at 45% Rotten, but What Men Want may be able to survive that. Paramount's Taraji P.

‘The Village’ Premiere Pushed A Week Due To State Of The Union Address

As each resident grapples with their own personal struggle, their neighbors come together to support them, and the show gives true meaning to the phrase "family is where you find it." While these characters are not related by blood, they have become an unlikely family. Written and executive produced by Mike Daniels, The Village follows an incredible group of people dwelling in the same Brooklyn apartment building.
The cast includes Moran Atias, Dominic Chianese, Warren Christie, Frankie Faison, Jerod Haynes, Daren Kagasoff, Michaela McManus, Lorraine Toussaint and Grace Van Dien.
Due to rescheduling demands for tonight's State of the Union address, the premiere of new NBC drama The Village is being pushed a week to Tuesday, March 19, at 10 PM, from its originally scheduled March 12 date. NBC also announced the series' season finale will air Tuesday, May 21 at 10 PM, immediately following the two-hour finale of The Voice.
Pelosi and President Donald Trump agreed to the February 5 date after the president signed legislation to end what had become the longest shutdown in U.S. history.” />
The State of the Union address originally was scheduled for January 29 until the government shutdown threw that date into question. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi withdrew her invitation to hold the speech in the House Chamber and suggested it be moved to a date when the government had reopened.
Jessica Rhoades also executive produces. Minkie Spiro will direct and executive produce the pilot.
The Village is produced by Universal Television and 6107 Productions.

CBS Scores Friday Viewership Win Despite ‘Blue Bloods’ Break

That, along with fresh offerings of Fresh Off the Boat (0.7, 3.44M) and Speechless (0.6, 2.59M), even and up a tenth, respectively, gave the network its best overall Friday primetime viewership of the season. Also notable Friday was ABC's two-hour 20/20 (0.7, 4.78M), which rose a tenth for its episode remembering the scandals of Jim and Tammy Faye Baker, scoring its best viewership number in a year.
CBS' drama block led this week by Hawaii Five-0 (0.8 million in the adults 18-49 demo, 7.55 million viewers) and MacGyver (0.8, 6.90M) propelled Friday's primetime ratings, and with the night's usual king Blue Bloods a repeat it was also Hawaii Five-0, despite dipping a tenth in the demo, that led all shows in viewership.
CBS won the night overall in viewers and tied for the demo title with ABC and Fox.
Among midseason returns, the CW welcomed back Dynasty (0.2, 660,000) from its winter break; it was up in both metrics from its last original. That aided its lead-out Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (0.2, 480K), also up a tenth from its midseason premiere a week ago.
Blindspot did touch another season high in viewers. NBC meanwhile was steady with Blindspot (0.6, 3.05M) and The Blacklist (0.6, 4.04M). Dateline (0.6, 3.13M), followed at 10 PM and was even with a week ago.” />
Also in reruns was Last Man Standing, typically the night's demo leader. Instead, it was part of a repeat comedy block on Fox, which did have an original in Hell's Kitchen (0.7, 2.65M), off a tenth at 9 PM.

Bill Maher Gives Shout-Out To L.A. Teachers Strike With Union Boss In Audience

"I said he should stand — then you can't see him," Maher joked from the stage. "But I hope you guys get back to work."
HBO' Real Time With Bill Maher returned from its winter hiatus Friday and Maher had plenty to catch up with on the political landscape after almost two months off — including the current teachers strike in Los Angeles where Maher lives and the show is filmed.
Negotiations went until 9 PM last night, so Caputo-Pearl was back to work after catching the show. Talks resume this morning at 11 AM PT. The shout-out came a day after UTLA and the Los Angeles Unified School District returned to the bargaining table Thursday.
LAUSD teachers have been working without a contract for almost a year and are seeking a new pact that addresses class sizes and calls for wage increase and investments in school safety, staffing and educational programs.
Maher in his opening monologue noted the strike, which hit its fifth day Friday in the nation's second-largest school district. He then introduced Alex Caputo-Pearl, the president of teachers union United Teachers Los Angeles, who was in the studio audience.
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After Maher, whose sister is a teacher, asked him to stand, Caputo-Pearl got a standing ovation.
Here's the moment Friday:

“MasterChef Junior’ Gets Season 7 Premiere Date, Sets All-Unscripted Fox Tuesday Lineup

Robin Ashbrook, Danny Schrader, Elisabeth Murdoch, Georgie Hurford-Jones, Gordon Ramsay, Yasmin Shackleton, Patricia Llewellyn and Ben Adler serve as executive producers.” /> MasterChef Junior is produced by Endemol Shine North America and One Potato Two Potato, and is based on a format created by Franc Roddam and Endemol Shine.
In the end, one talented kid will be named America’s newest MasterChef Junior, taking home the trophy and $100,000 grand prize. Additionally, the young chef-testants will attend and prepare a meal for 51 circus performers, create a restaurant-quality fish dish, compete to see which team can first roll out a perfect sheet of pasta to 24 feet and power through the fan-favorite restaurant takeover challenge. MasterChef Jr. Gordon Ramsay and Christina Tosi will be joined by chef and restaurateur Aarón Sánchez on the judges’ panel for Season 7, which will showcase a mystery box challenge focusing on the most important meal of the day – breakfast. gives talented kids between the ages of 8 and 13 the chance to showcase their culinary abilities and passion for food through a series of delicious challenges.
26. MasterChef Junior will be followed by previously announced new obstacle course reality competition Mental Samurai at 9 PM, also set to premiere Feb. It will replace drama The Gifted.
The culinary competition series featuring talented kid chefs will air at 8 PM, replacing Lethal Weapon, whose 16-episode third season will have its finale the previous week. The network has slotted Tuesday, February 26 for the Season 7 premiere of MasterChef Junior.
was previously summoned on Tuesday during the 2014-15 season when it stepped in for the quickly pulled social experiment reality series Utopia in the 8 PM hour, leading to scripted comedies. MasterChef Jr.
Tuesday is turning into in-season reality night on Fox for the first time in almost a decade.
The network then reverted to a mix of programming with American Idol and Glee in midseason. The last time Fox had an all-reality Tuesday lineup during the regular broadcast season was in fall 2009 when it aired an in-season installment of Do You Think You Can Dance.
Tuesday has been a weak spot on Fox's schedule, and the network is looking to shake things up with an all-reality lineup, which involves some counter-programming, going with an unscripted show against NBC"s drama juggernaut This Is Us at 9 PM.