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January 7, 2016
Last week and total box office in millions. Weeks    Per    Rank/Title/Studio Last Week   Total    Out   Location    1. Star Wars (Disney) $90.2   $742.2   3   $21,829    2. Daddy's Home (Paramount) 29.2   93.9   2   8,739    3. Hateful Eight (Weinstein) 15.7   29.0   2   6,349    4. Sisters (Universal) 12.8   62.9   3   4,285    5. Alvin and Chipmunks (Fox) 12.1   67.6   3   3,475    6. Joy (Fox)
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 23, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
'Star Wars' sells a few tix It seems a couple of people actually went to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens . Helmed by J.J. Abrams , the seventh entry in the mega-franchise made $238 mil over its opening weekend, according to studio estimates. That smashes - into stardust - the all-time record of $208.8 mil, set just a few months ago by Jurassic World . "The enormity of this record-breaking weekend cannot be overstated," Rentrak marketing analyst Paul Dergarabedian tells USA Today.
NEWS
December 20, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
'Star Wars' sells big Like zombies to fresh brain, fans across the nation went in droves to see J.J. Abrams ' Star Wars: The Force Awakens for its pre-opening preview shows Thursday. The Harrison Ford -powered pic raked in $57 mil, shattering the pre-opening show record of $43.5 mil set by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 in 2011 . Weiland dead of drugs Scott Weiland , 48, died from an accidental drug overdose, a medical examiner's office in Minnesota has ruled.
NEWS
December 20, 2015
Beatles, "1+" (Capitol). Gift-giving season could not arrive without an enticing option for that Fab Four fan in your family, now could it? This set pairs the 27 No. 1 hits on the 2001 greatest-hits package titled, simply, 1 - the biggest-selling album of the '00s, by the way - with 27 short promotional films that went along with them, correctly casting the Liverpool lads as innovators in the realm of video, along with everything else....
ENTERTAINMENT
November 17, 2015 | By Howard Gensler
James Bond and Charlie Brown again dominated domestic box office over the weekend. "Spectre," the 24th Bond installment and last week's top film, took in $35.4 million in its second weekend, according to studio estimates yesterday. The film has most flexed its muscles abroad, where the majority of its $500 million-plus haul has come from. This weekend it debuted in C..hina to $48 million - the best opening for a 2-D, U.S. release in China. "The Peanuts Movie" remained in second place with $24.2 million.
FOOD
November 13, 2015
Cake in a box, updated and excellent Remember Caviar Assouline? The founder of that now-closed specialty food retailer, Joel Assouline, did his best to keep his daughter away from the food biz. But it may be a good thing Agathe Assouline-Lichten didn't listen. Her New York company, Red Velvet, has joined the rising online "meal-kit" sector pioneered by titans like Blue Apron, but with a special focus on desserts. And based on this excellent pumpkin cake with cream cheese frosting and spiced pepitas, she's onto something.
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