A little warm, a little cold. Had both sides of the spectrum this past week in our weather but wasn't too hot but warm and wasn't freezing, just chilly. Felt a little humid a few times but just wondering if that was me due to running around ... not sure to be honest. I think it was humid because it got pretty cloudy one day when it was clear just before. But I am not meteorologist ... in fact I don't think anyone is but certain people can read radar maps better than others. Do "weather" people go to school for that? How to read a radar and tell people what the weather is? I think Robin Williams said it best in "Good Morning Vietnam" with "you want to know what the weather is like? Open a window!" That is probably the best weather report you can get, well, at least for that very moment. I think with our technology though, we should be close to the point of controlling the weather, no?! Well, maybe once we have the domed cities.
Well this past weekend was a bit nutty. It was WonderCon, the comic book convention that was at the Anaheim Convention Center for the 3rd year in a row. I don't know why they just don't make it official and move it there permanently than saying they don't know where it will be each year. I am sure they are still trying to work a deal out with the city but at least say you are doing that because that is what you are doing. This con is brought on by the same people who do San Diego and use to be in San Francisco till they were forced to move due to a remodel of the location they were in. Then apparently the location was done but they did not want WonderCon to return, weird. I am sure it relieved the residents of mass traffic but at the same time I think it also depleted hundreds of thousands, if not millions of dollars in potential revenue to the city from tourism. But while there, saw a bunch of folks and walked around as much as I could. I will say this, I noticed the cosplay was pretty good this year. You usually see a lot, and I mean A LOT, of people in costumes that they shouldn't be wearing. But this time around, it was much improved and pretty cleaver for the most part.
At the movies:
For a third week in a row, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" manages to defend his lead with another 26.6 million at the box office! Now breaking 200 mil in its domestic box office run! Also holding on to 2nd place is "Rio 2" with an extra 22.5 mil and closing in on 100 mil mark, should hit it by the end of next weekend. New at #3 is Heaven is For Real with a decent 21.5 mil to open and exceeds all expectations at the box office. Showing up at #4 is Transcedence with only 11.2 mil for its debut and below all expectations. I knew it wouldn't get to the 20 mil range but didn't expect it to be this bad. Rounding off the top 5 is A Haunted House 2 with only 9.1 mil to open and below most expectations but fell right about where I guessed it at.
New movies that did not make the top 5:
One this week as Disney Nature's Bears open to semi-wide release and earns 4.8 mil. This was pretty close to expectations and the film should do much better in the after market and possibly during the week as well while still in theatres.
Quote of the week:
"The promise was that when the glass was full, it would overflow, benefiting the poor. But what happens instead, is that when the glass is full, it magically gets bigger - nothing ever comes out for the poor." - Pope Francis
Facts & Tips:
A group of twelve or more cows is called a flink.
"Don't tell me. I want it to be a surprise." - Ryan Pinkston as Arnold in "Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over."
So since Friday night, there has been non-stop earthquakes pretty much all over the world that average around a 4.0 magnitude. Several have hit 5 and a few just over 5.0. Normally after a decent size quake you feel a few minor moves and that is but this time around, they continue to shake things up and stir stuff around. I have never seen it like this before and the bad part is when you are trying to sleep and it constantly wakes you up. The water main on my street broke due to the initial 5.4 which was centered once city over. A bunch of stuff fell off the shelves but luckily everything worth breaking fell on to a dog bed somewhere or carpeted area. It sure has been a bit crazy to say the least.
Well this past week was a huge roller-coaster and not just from the earthquake but from a lot of driving around and a lot of walking! So the week started on Monday night for when I went to the Blizzard Entertainment launch party for "Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls" expansion in Los Angeles at an old church and it was pretty amazing. They had never done anything like that before and one would have never guessed. While there though I ran into a couple of folks:
*Grant Imahara - best known from the show "Mythbusters" and an awesome guy.
*Felicia Day - best known from youtube stardom and she was OK.
Then on Tuesday night I traveled to Las Vegas for my annual convention there. It was pretty lackluster this time around and I have to say, people at Coca-Cola are just plain mean. But despite that, I managed to run into:
*Chadwich Boseman - from the film "42" and a really awesome guy.
*Andy Serkis - best known as Gollum from the Lord of the Rings trilogy and a way cool guy!
*Kevin Costner - from "Dancing with Wolves" and a nice guy.
After that, I rushed back home because I had to help with the Monsterpalooza convention at the Burbank Marriott on Friday and Saturday. That was pretty tiring too with the earthquake and no water situation thrown in there but I did manage to fun into a couple more folks:
*Dee Snider - best known from the 80's rock band Twisted Sister and a really cool guy.
*Rutger Hauer - from "Blade Runner" and a pretty funny guy.
At the movies:
HOLY moly, religion takes the boat this week, literally! In at #1 is the epic story of Noah as it earns a nice 44 million this weekend. Above expectations but I did mention it should be plus what they pegged it out and carry its cargo through Easter pretty well. Average drop to #2 is "Divergent" with another 26.5 mil as it falls just shy of the 100 mil cume. It should reach it by Tuesday though. Small drop to #3 is "Muppets Most Wanted" with 11.4 mil as it struggles along. With the varying Spring Break's happening though it should only see smaller than average drops though. At #4 is "Mr. Peabody and Sherman" with another 9.5 mil as it almost hits 100 mil cume ... may take a full week to reach it though. Rounding off the top 5 is "God's Not Dead" with another 9.1 mil and should also carry to Easter but the home market is where this film will go big.
Movies that did not make the top 5:
Just one wide release fell very short, coming in at #7 is Sabotage with only 5.3 mil. This fell WAY below industry expectations by almost 10 mil but it was pretty obvious it would. Not all action films with a former big movie star will be great. I did think it would do a hair better but honestly not by that much. At #12 Lionsgate released a less than 1,000 screen Cesar Chavez which only did 3 mil (less than $5,000 per screen) so this film will probably wrap up soon with those numbers.
"A 'startup' is a company that is confused about -1. What its product is, 2. Who its customers are, 3. How to make money." - David McClure
Facts & Tips:
Spiny lobsters migrate in groups of 50 or more, forming a conga line on the ocean floor.
"Well, you can call me Erin, but I'm not gonna respond. So look, I wasn't planing on making you feel welcome here, but then I saw the sticker and I thought, "Hey, maybe the principal's daughter isn't such a big loser after all."" - Jessica Stroup as Erin Silver from the remade TV series "90210."