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ENTERTAINMENT
January 28, 2016
Rank/Title/Studio Last Week   Total    Weeks Out   Per Location    1. The Revenant (Fox) $16.0   $119.2   5   $4,314    2. Star Wars (Disney) 14.1   879.1   6   $4,184    3. Ride Along 2 (Universal) 12.5   58.6   2   $3,902    4. Dirty Grandpa (Lionsgate) 11.1   11.1   1   $3,816    5. The Boy (STX Entertainment) 10.8   10.8   1   $4,035    6. The 5th Wave (Sony) 10.3   10.3   1   $3,551    7. 13 Hours (Paramount)
NEWS
January 22, 2016 | Staff Report
Six Philadelphia police districts will get drop boxes where residents can safely dispose of unwanted prescription drugs under a pilot program announced Wednesday. More than 100 drop boxes have already been installed in suburban counties. Prescription drugs can pollute water systems if dumped down drains and unused medicines - particularly powerful pain killers - can be abused if they fall into the wrong hands. Nearly half of the 650 people who died of overdoses in Philadelphia in 2014 had prescription opioids in their system.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 21, 2016 | By Terri Akman, For The Inquirer
The Queen Village Neighborhood Association said it had these ugly electrical junction boxes on every street. What could be done about them? On a recent Wednesday, Ryan Psota was the 15th artist to transform the nearly six-foot-tall metal boxes into works of art. Using brushes, a roller, a beaded paddle, and cardboard coffee-cup sleeve, Psota, 26, created a background texture for his line drawings at a box at Seventh and South Street - with the...
ENTERTAINMENT
January 20, 2016 | Howard Gensler
Kylo Ren was no match for Kevin Hart . "Ride Along 2," also starring Ice Cube , topped the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend in North America with an estimated $41.5 million over four days, according to studio estimates Monday. The box office-topping performance of "Ride Along 2" lent a timely reminder to Hollywood of the power of diversity at the multiplex, even when there's no diversity at the Oscars. In second was "The Revenant," which earned $39 million over four days, capitalizing on its leading 12 Oscar nominations Thursday.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 9, 2016 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
'Star Wars' No. 1 in history Look, I warned you this would happen, but you went to the movie anyway. Star Wars: The Force Awakens has become the highest-grossing movie in North America since the Declaration of Independence. On Wednesday, the pic, which stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega , Harrison Ford , Carrie Fisher, and Adam Driver , surpassed Avatar 's $760.5 mil lifetime gross, and did it in a mere 20 days (now, that's really using the force). EntBiz bits HBO prez Michael Lombardo tells John Horn , host of NPR's The Frame , that the second season of True Detective failed because he rushed writer-creator Nic Pizzolatto . The author, he said, needs time to gestate ideas naturally.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 5, 2016 | Howard Gensler, Staff Writer
At the box office, 2016 began the same way 2015 ended. "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" walloped the competition to finish at the top of the charts for the third weekend in a row, with an additional $88.3 million, according to studio estimates yesterday. In addition to setting a new high mark in New Year's box office history, the record-busting film blew past the domestic grosses of both "Jurassic World" ($652.3 million) and "Titanic" ($658.7 million) to become the second-highest earner of all time with $740.3 million in just 19 days of release.
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