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THE SKED Series Premiere Review: “Manhattan”

  MANHATTAN:  Sunday 10PM on WGN America – Potential DVR Alert If Salem was WGN America’s Hemlock Grove, the new MANHATTAN is the network’s bid for a House of Cards, a serious, classy drama that takes on Big Issues and is meant to put its network into another, higher league.  Of course, since WGN doesn’t [...]

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Behind the US/Worldwide Weekend Box Office – 7/27/14

  OPENINGS:  LUCY (Universal) is claiming the lowest Sunday drop in the Top 10, so the studio’s $44M weekend estimate may come down a bit tomorrow, but it’s still a very solid hit for all concerned.  That’s especially true for Scarlett Johansson, who now has non-Avenger action movie bona fides.  The only question is whether [...]

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EARLY WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: “Lucy” Holds Its Lead Over “Hercules”

  Allaying concerns about word of mouth, LUCY (Universal) held quite well in its 2d day of release, down 10% from Friday to $15M+ (better than some of the summer’s blockbusters, which fell 15% or more), according to preliminary numbers at Deadline and elsewhere.  That should give it a weekend of $43M+.  (The studios, as [...]

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Behind the Friday Box Office – 7/25/14

  OPENINGS:  Despite all the testosterone flowing through the Avengers-verse, the biggest star to emerge from the mega-franchise is turning out to be Scarlett Johansson, the latest warrior woman at the front of the box office.  This weekend she’s doing what Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth haven’t been able to pull off:  launch an unrelated [...]

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FRIDAY JULY 25 Box Office Report

Based on Friday’s grosses, weekend #30 of 2014 looks like $137 million for the top 12 films Friday-Sunday, better than our forecast earlier this week ($128 million) but still -8% below the norm for this weekend. Opening at 3,173 theaters, Lucy from Universal grossed $17.1 million through Friday and is on track for a $46.0 million [...]

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THE SKED NETWORK SCORECARD – 7/25/14

  NBC:  The final Friday CROSSBONES (its last 2 hours will air on Saturday August 2) and DATELINE were at the same 0.6/1.2 as last week’s preliminary Friday numbers, although Crossbones, starting at 10:01PM, has gone down 0.1 in final ratings for the past 2 weeks in a row. ABC:  WHAT WOULD YOU DO? and [...]