New Year's Edition!
So another has come and gone ... and to me, just another two days. New Year's Eve I just sat at home and I think I feel asleep around 10PM. But then I woke up to go to sleep since I first fell asleep on the couch. I was pretty out of it I think and just wanted to sleep. I still need more sleep! But New Years Day, now that was something. Turned out be very cold! And that was it for me I think, pretty exciting stuff! I think I still need some sleep. I think we also need some rain because it is almost cold enough lately that it might get a little icy which would be pretty amazing!
So I was in a parking garage the other day and the right side was regular parking spots and the left side was compact only parking spots. So this is what I noticed, 10 SUV's parked in the compact side and 3 tiny VW's on the regular side ... what is wrong with SUV people? Are they becoming more and more jerks? I use to drive an SUV and I don't remember doing that but maybe once or twice. These are cars I see in those spots ALL the time!!! Are we becoming all Audi drivers?? I joke but most folks I know who drive Audi's are kind ... jerks in general. I do not know why but I know it is not a true statement and just a stereo-type but those are also some ounce of truth for a reason.
At the movies:
Still remains the king of the box office, "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" earns another 21.9 million as it breaks the 200 mil cume mark and continues to push along into the new year. Holding ground at #2 is "Into the Woods" with another 19 mil and just shy of the 100 mil cume mark! I would think it could have it by end of this week. Holding on to #3 is "Unbroken" with 18 mil and also close to the 100 mil cum mark but may take a bit longer to get there. New at #4 is "Woman in Black: Angel of Death" with 15 mil in it's debut and right on the nose of expectations. Rounding off the top 5 is "Annie" with 11.4 mil and will fall short of reaching 100 mil.
Quote of the week:
"People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can't find them, make them." - George Bernard Shaw
Facts & Quotes:
It is not possible to tickle yourself.
"We need more ammo, let's go to Big Five." - Joe Mantegna as Fat Tony in the TV series "The Simpsons."
Post Christmas Edition
So Christmas came and went ... I started a new tradition of having a nice McDonald's McRib Combo, super size it of course for my X-Mas eve dinner. I did enjoy it and was glad I was able to get it. I am glad this sandwich is seasonal and only comes by once a year because if it was year-round, that might be dangerous. Actually, I can only eat one or two of these a year. Almost like how I can only have eggnog once a year although I did not have any this time around. Is that good or bad? I do not know nor do I care.
I really didn't do much this week. Spent most of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day working on all kinds of stuff. I was very happy that Starbucks was open on both days. I really was not a Starbucks person at all till about maybe mid-September and now I visit about 2 to 4 times a week! I mad their gold status pretty quickly but now I do want to cut back to maybe 1 to 3 times a week. That many times is both not that healthy and also adds up on the wallet so, time to cut back some. I just hope they don't continue to give me cool offers that I want to take advantage of! Curse you Starbucks and your marketing schemes ... and effectiveness!
At the movies:
For a second week in a row, "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" wins again with a holiday total of 41.4 million at the box office. It now has a cume of over 165 mil and is steaming along nicely to reach the 200 mil mark. New at #2 is Unbroken with a solid 47.3 mil 5-day total (31.8 weekend) and surpasses expectations. Also new at #3 is Into the Woods with 46.1 mil (31 weekend) and also above expectations. Holding ground at #4 is "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb" with another 20.6 mil as it struggles to reach 100 mil cume. Rounding off the top 5 for the holidays is "Annie" with 16.6 mil and will definitely fall short of the 100 mil cume.
New movies that did not make the top 5:
A few this weekend that were in semi-wide release. In at #7 is The Gambler with only 9.3 mil and this was a full release. Not a good sign for this film but could potentially have some award buzz about it. At #15 with just over 1,000 screens is Big Eyes with only 4.4 mil for the holidays. More award than box office buzz on this one. Quick release at #16 is The Interview, after much controversy on the film it opens with only 1.8 mil. Not a bad number with 300 screens but then again, not a great per theatre average to be considered successful. The VOD numbers on this may be better, but not sure.
Quote of the week:
"The important thing is not to stop questioning." - Albert Einstein
Facts & Tips:
Britain was the first country to register a patent on polyester.
"Cadet Lewis Johns just taught you the most important lesson you'll learn here at Tuskegee. If you don't believe in God, you'd better find a damn good substitute." - Courtney B. Vance as Lt. Glenn in the TV movie "The Tuskegee Airmen."