Fast and Furious 6 tops box office with38 million going into Memorial Day weekend; SAG-AFTRA sued by actors for withholding foreign residuals and rewarding officials without payment; SpongeBob, Back at the Barnyard, Good Luck Charlie and Phineas and Ferb named the most aired shows in every half hour

Vin Diesel zooms to the top! I’m Realistic Fish Head! Universal unleashes its best action packed film as Fast and Furious 6 rolls the box office roadway at top speed with 36 million! What will the critics look for strengths and weaknesses in each movie as Memorial Day Weekend continues on? Gene Scallop explains!

 

Gene:

Hollywood is heading for a record-breaking Memorial Day Weekend, led by Universal’s “Fast & Furious 6,” which took in a massive $38.2 million on Friday (May 24).
 
 
 
The “Fast & Furious 6” totals, which include late Thursday/Friday midnight shows) made a joke out of what was expected to be a relatively competitive weekend.
 
 
 
Instead, per figures courtesy of BoxOfficeMojo, “Fast & Furious 6” basically equally the totals for the next four films combined. While “Fast & Furious 6” won’t catch “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End,” which holds the four-day Memorial Day Weekend record with $139.8 million, it should tuck in behind “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” and “X-Men: The Last Stand” in fourth.
 
 
 
Warner Brothers’ “The Hangover Part III” appears headed for relative disappointment, taking in $14.53 million dollars on Friday, bringing its total to $26.32 million after a mid-week opening. The comedy sequel won’t get anywhere near the $103 million four-day tally for “Park II,” which opened over the Memorial Day Weekend in 2011.
 
 
 
“Star Trek Into Darkness” followed with $10.2 million on Friday, with a total domestic gross of $119 million to date. Fox’s “Epic” was third with $9.35 million, but should pull closer to “Star Trek” as the weekend progresses. Coming in fifth was “Iron Man 3,” which added a $5.11 million Friday gross to a domestic tally that is already over $353 million.
 
 
 
“The Great Gatsby,” which passed $100 million domestic earlier in the week, finished sixth with $3.96 million on Friday.
 
 
 
In limited release, meanwhile, “Before Midnight” took in $71,000 in only five theaters on Friday, giving it a better per-screen average than even “Fast & Furious 6,” not that such comparisons are worthwhile. The Richard Linklater film is still off to a terrific start.

 

Our Friday recap shows Fast 6 zooming 1st, Hangover Part 3 hanging on in 2nd as it reaches the end of its hangover. Star Trek Into Darkness drops in 3rd, while Epic debuts in 4th, and Iron Man 3 which passes the 300 million smacker worldwide hits 5th.  We’ll have more info in our next box office report. But for now…

 

Back on May 8th, Oregon’s SAG and their media production team closed 10 movie studios down to increase the 6 million smacker budget. But to the actors displeasure, it wasn’t enough. Now SAG-AFTRA’s in trouble after the actors hit them hard. What did they do Angie?

 

Angie Angelfish (via Dateline Hollywood) Actors Ed Asner, Clancy Brown, Dennis Hayden, and George Coe are among the 15 plaintiffs who filed suit today in federal court against SAG-AFTRA for not properly disbursing $110 million in foreign residuals they say have not been paid out. Asner is the former SAG president (1981-1985) who very publicly opposed the SAG-AFTRA merger along with other ex-union board members. The 52-page filing also claims that the merged union has deliberately withheld information and kept the money in trust and spent portions on first class travel and lavish parties and big salaries for current union officials. “Plaintiffs have reason to believe that SAG-AFTRA has now amassed a substantial slush fund that does not belong to the labor organization but instead belongs to members and non-members, and/or their estates, on covered and uncovered works,” says Friday’s filing. Requesting a jury trial, the plaintiffs are seeking unspecified damages as well as injunctive relief and an order by the court that would stop the union from being able to collect overseas royalties. Instead, the suit proposes a separate “independent body” established to handle the funds in the future.

Today’s action follows a request made to SAG-AFTRA back in September 2012 for a full accounting of the collection of the foreign funds. Asner was one of the plaintiffs in an ultimately unsuccessful lawsuit in early 2012 to get a preliminary and permanent injunction to stop SAG from calling for a vote on the proposed SAG-AFTRA merger. Clancy Brown and George Coe were also plaintiffs in that suit and are plaintiffs today, too. All were also on the losing side in an effort to stop SAG and AFTRA becoming one union. Members passed the union merger overwhelming on March 30, 2012. The Burbank law firm of Helena S. Wise represents the plaintiffs.

The union says that it will “vigorously respond in the appropriate forum in due course” to the suit filed Friday by former SAG president Ed Asner and others over $110 million in undistributed residuals and royalties. Claiming that they are “proud” and “confident” in their foreign royalties program, SAG-AFTRA admit they haven’t actually seen the filing itself. Still, based on previous correspondence with the plaintiffs, the union calls the claims “completely without merit.” Here’s what they said in their statement:

We are very proud of, and confident in, our unclaimed residuals and foreign royalties programs which distribute millions of dollars to performers every year. The foreign royalties program has successfully distributed to performers more than $14 million — money that would otherwise go uncollected and be lost to them forever. The foreign royalties program was previously subject to a class action lawsuit that resulted in a resolution favorable to the union after intense scrutiny of the program. While we have not been provided with a copy of the current complaint, the claims as presented in the plaintiff’s earlier correspondence have been thoroughly reviewed and are completely without merit. We will vigorously respond in the appropriate forum in due course.

 

The latest half-hour report is in this week as SpongeBob once again logs in the most half hours since November 2012. Which shows made the cut besides the Sponge Dan?

 

Dan Barry (via Nick and More)- The last time we posted an airplay report, movies, SpongeBob, Phineas and Ferb, Avatar and Good Luck Charlie were the five most aired programs across all the networks we cover. This time, as usual, things aren’t much different.

SpongeBob is still the top show (after movies, of course) with 85 half-hours airing across Nickelodeon and Nicktoons. A new addition to the top 5 list might be a bit of a surprise – Back at the Barnyard. Nicktoons is airing the show a total of 54 times a week, making it the third most aired program last week! That was way up from the 27 times it was airing back in November.

Phineas and Ferb is down to fourth, with only 47 airings across Disney Channel and Disney XD. Compare that to the 76 times it was airing back in November. Good Luck Charlie rounds out the top five with 46 half-hours airing last week. That was only slightly up from the 40 half-hours back in November.

Movies, by the way, account for 157 half-hour total across the networks we cover. That’s up from the 141 half-hours in our previous report.

Out of the top five and down significantly from our previous report was Avatar – now in 20th place with 23 half-hours compared to 44 last November.

The full network-by-network breakdown is below:

Reminder: 1 airplay = 30 minutes (therefore, 1 hour-long show = 2 airplays; a 2 hour movie = 4 airplays, etc.). All networks have 336 total airplays for one week.

Nickelodeon / Nick@Nite

73 – SpongeBob SquarePants
36 – Full House
28 – Friends
26 – George Lopez
22.5 – The Fairly OddParents
19 – Dora the Explorer
14 – My Wife and Kids
14 – Yes, Dear
13 – Movies
12 – The Nanny
10 – Bubble Guppies
10 – Max & Ruby
10 – Team Umizoomi
9 – Monsters vs. Aliens
7 – Extra commercials (during Nick@Nite)
5 – Big Time Rush
5 – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
5 – Peter Rabbit
4 – Drake & Josh
3 – Marvin Marvin
3 – Wendell & Vinnie
2.5 – Nick Studio 10 segments
2 – Power Rangers Megaforce
1 – Lalaloopsy
1 – Nick News
1 – See Dad Run

Cartoon Network / Adult Swim

26 – Family Guy
24 – King of the Hill
21 – Johnny Test
20 – American Dad
18 – Regular Show
17 – Looney Tunes
16 – Adventure Time
13.5 – The Amazing World of Gumball
13 – Movies
13 – NinjaGo: Masters of Spinjitzu
10 – Tom & Jerry
10 – What’s New Scooby-Doo?
9 – The Looney Tunes Show
9 – Squidbillies
9 – Tom & Jerry Tales
8 – Robot Chicken
7 – Aqua Teen Hunger Force
7 – Beyblade: Metal Masters/Fury
7 – Pokémon
6.5 – Teen Titans Go!
6 – Incredible Crew
5 – Almost Naked Animals
5 – Hero: 108
5 – Scaredy Squirrel
4 – Ben 10: Omniverse
3.5 – MAD
3 – Ben 10
3 – The Cleveland Show
2.5 – The Brak Show
2.5 – Sealab 2021
2 – Cartoon Planet
2 – DreamWorks Dragons: Riders of Berk
2 – Green Lantern: The Animated Series
2 – Inuyasha
1.5 – Annoying Orange
1 – Black Dynamite
1 – Bleach
1 – The Boondocks
1 – China, IL
1 – Cowboy Bebop
1 – Eagleheart
1 – Eureka 7
1 – Frisky Dingo
1 – Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood
1 – Home Movies
1 – IGPX
1 – Loiter Squad
1 – Metalocalypse
1 – Naruto
1 – One Piece
1 – Scan2Go
1 – Soul Eater
1 – Superjail
1 – Sym-Bionic Titan
1 – ThunderCats
1 – Titan Maximum
1 – Your Pretty Face is Going to H—
0.5 – Children’s Hospital
0.5 – Newsreaders

Disney Channel

46 – Good Luck Charlie
37 – Movies/Non-series specials
34 – Jessie
25 – Dog With A Blog
24 – Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
22 – Austin & Ally
22 – The Suite Life on Deck
16 – Wizards of Waverly Place
15 – Phineas and Ferb
13 – Jake and the Never Land Pirates
12 – Little Einsteins
11 – A.N.T. Farm
11 – Doc McStuffins
10 – Sofia the First
9.5 – Octonauts
9 – Shake It Up
7.5 – Fish Hooks
4 – Chuggington
4 – Gaspard and Lisa
2 – JONAS
2 – Gravity Falls

The Hub

54 – Movies
38 – Animaniacs
24 – My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
24 – Pound Puppies
22 – Littlest Pet Shop
11 – Happy Days
10 – Family Game Night
10 – Sliders
10 – Strawberry Shortcake’s Berry Bitty Adventures
9 – ALF
9 – Care Bears: Welcome to Care-a-Lot
9 – Laverne & Shirley
9 – Transformers Prime
8 – Hercules: The Legendary Journeys
7 – Who’s the Boss?
6 – Batman Beyond
6 – Batman: The Animated Series
6 – Sabrina, the Teenage Witch
5 – The Adventures of Chuck & Friends
5 – Animal Mechanicals
5 – Mork & Mindy
5 – The Super Hero Squad Show
5 – Transformers Rescue Bots
4 – G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero
4 – Goosebumps
4 – Majors & Minors
4 – Superman: The Animated Series
4 – Transformers (Generation 1)
3 – Transformers Animated
2 – Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?
2 – Dan Vs.
2 – Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show
2 – Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters
2 – R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour: The Series
1 – Doogie Howser, M.D.
1 – Family Ties
1 – The Game of Life
1 – Pictureka!
1 – Scrabble Showdown
1 – Secret Millionaires Club

Nicktoons

54 – Back at the Barnyard
40 – Robot and Monster
30 – T.U.F.F. Puppy
29 – Danny Phantom
23 – Avatar
15 – Jimmy Neutron
15 – The Legend of Korra
12 – Dragon Ball Z movies
12 – The Fairly OddParents
12 – The Penguins of Madagascar
12 – SpongeBob SquarePants
10 – The Mighty B!
10 – Power Rangers (Samurai & Megaforce)
10 – Random! Cartoons
10 – The Troop
10 – Yu-Gi-Oh!
8 – Rush Zone: Season of the Guardians
6 – Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness
4 – Wild Grinders
4 – Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL
2 – All Grown Up
2 – ChalkZone
2 – Huntik: Secrets & Seekers
2 – Monsuno
2 – Speed Racer: The Next Generation

Disney XD

40 – Kickin’ It
35 – The Suite Life of Zack & Cody
32 – Phineas and Ferb
31 – Lab Rats
26 – Fish Hooks
26 – Pair of Kings
25 – Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil
24 – Movies
21 – Crash & Bernstein
12 – Wizards of Waverly Place
11 – Zeke and Luther
10 – Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja
10 – Slugterra
9 – Ultimate Spider-Man
8 – Kid vs. Kat
8 – Max Steel
4 – Jimmy Two-Shoes
4 – Rated A for Awesome

TeenNick

40 – VICTORiOUS
30 – Big Time Rush
38 – Zoey 101
26 – Ned’s Declassified
20 – Malcolm in the Middle
18 – Degrassi
18 – House of Anubis
16 – True Jackson, VP
14 – What I Like About You
13 – CatDog
12 – iCarly
10 – Bucket & Skinner’s Epic Adventures
10 – Hey Arnold!
10 – How to Rock
8 – Drake & Josh
8 – Movie (Clueless)
8 – Unfabulous
6 – Life With Boys
6 – TeenNick Top 10
5 – Rugrats
4 – All That
4 – Kenan & Kel
4 – See Dad Run
4 – SLiDE
4 – That ’70s Show

Boomerang

28 – Dexter’s Laboratory
28 – The Powerpuff Girls
19 – Tom & Jerry
17 – The Flintstones
15 – Ben 10
14 – Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends
14 – Johnny Bravo
14 – The Secret Squirrel Show
14 – The Smurfs
14 – Teen Titans
10 – Casper’s Scare School
10 – The Garfield Show
10 – Krypto the Superdog
10 – Richie Rich
9 – MGM
9 – SWAT Kats
8 – Almost Naked Animals
8 – Movies
8 – Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?
7 – Captain Planet and the Planeteers
7 – The Huckleberry Hound Show
7 – Jonny Quest
7 – Samurai Jack
7 – Yogi Bear
5 – Hero: 108
5 – Fantastic Max
5 – Flintstone Kids
5 – Tom & Jerry Kids
5 – Pokémon
4 – 2 Stupid Dogs
4 – Ben 10: Omniverse
4 – Cow and Chicken
2 – The Secret Saturdays
2 – Top Cat
1 – Johnny Test

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Top 25 most aired programs (combining all networks):

#1 – 157 half-hours
• Movies (Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, Disney Channel, The Hub, Disney XD, TeenNick, Boomerang)

#2 – 85 half-hours
• SpongeBob SquarePants (Nickelodeon, Nicktoons)

#3 – 54 half-hours
• Back at the Barnyard (Nicktoons)

#4 – 47 half-hours
• Phineas and Ferb (Disney Channel, Disney XD)

#5 – 46 half-hours
• Good Luck Charlie (Disney Channel)

#6 – 40 half-hours
• Kickin’ It (Disney XD)
• Robot and Monster (Nicktoons)
• VICTORiOUS (TeenNick)

#7 – 38 half-hours
• Animaniacs (The Hub)
• Zoey 101 (TeenNick)

#8 – 36 half-hours
• Full House (Nick@Nite)

#9 – 35 half-hours
• Big Time Rush (Nickelodeon, TeenNick)
• The Suite Life of Zack & Cody (Disney XD)

#10 – 34.5 half-hours
• The Fairly OddParents (Nickelodeon, Nicktoons)

#11 – 34 half-hours
• Jessie (Disney Channel)

#12 – 33.5 half-hours
• Fish Hooks (Disney Channel, Disney XD)

#13 – 31 half-hours
• Lab Rats (Disney XD)

#14 – 30 half-hours
• T.U.F.F. Puppy (Nicktoons)

#15 – 29 half-hours
• Danny Phantom (Nicktoons)
• Tom & Jerry (Cartoon Network, Boomerang)

#16 – 28 half-hours
• Dexter’s Laboratory (Boomerang)
• Friends (Nick@Nite)
• The Powerpuff Girls (Boomerang)
• Wizards of Waverly Place (Disney Channel, Disney XD)

#17 – 26 half-hours
• Family Guy (Adult Swim)
• George Lopez (Nick@Nite)
• Ned’s Declassified (TeenNick)
• Pair of Kings (Disney XD)

#18 – 25 half-hours
• Dog With A Blog (Disney Channel)
• Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil (Disney XD)

#19 – 24 half-hours
• King of the Hill (Adult Swim)
• Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (Disney Channel)
• My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (The Hub)
• Pound Puppies (The Hub)

#20 – 23 half-hours
• Avatar (Nicktoons)

#21 – 22 half-hours
• Austin & Ally (Disney Channel)
• Johnny Test (Cartoon Network, Boomerang)
• Littlest Pet Shop (The Hub)
• The Suite Life on Deck (Disney Channel)

#22 – 21 half-hours
• Crash & Bernstein (Disney XD)

#23 – 20 half-hours
• American Dad (Adult Swim)
• Malcolm in the Middle (TeenNick)

#24 – 19 half-hours
• Dora the Explorer (Nickelodeon)

#25 – 18 half-hours
• Ben 10 (Cartoon Network, Boomerang)
• Degrassi (TeenNick)
• House of Anubis (TeenNick)
• Regular Show (Cartoon Network)

 

Checking our Penguins tally this week, 713 fans sign in as the Daytime Emmys approach in less than 4 weeks.

 

This week is Summer sweeps for the toon world as Memorial Day Weekend continues. Be sure to keep a close watch on what Sanjay and Craig are doing next weekend. Until then, this is Realistic Fish Head saying, let the summer fun begin!

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