Gravity increases box office lead with 44 million, Machete Kills flops; TUFF Puppy moves to Nicktoons after disappointing ratings numbers; Nick releases Halloween schedule


Gravity deifies gravity again! I’m Realistic Fish Head. The sci-fi hit managed to stay on top this week after debuting a 55 million lead. Captain Phillips debuted Friday night to make certain that it would stay afloat but to no avail. Heading to Columbus Day week Gene, will Gravity be able to hold off the captain?



Warner’s Gravity had an exceptional second weekend hold to remain in first place this weekend with an estimated $44.27 million. The Alfonso Cuarón directed sci-fi drama starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney was down just 21 percent from its opening weekend performance, as the film had the type of second weekend hold that is rarely seen by blockbuster fare. Strong word of mouth and critical reviews, continued higher priced 3D and IMAX admissions and the film skewing heavily towards older moviegoers are all factors helping out the holding power of Gravity. Gravity zoomed past the $100 million mark on Saturday (its ninth day of release) and has now grossed $123.399 million in ten days. That places the film a very impressive 43 percent ahead of the $86.26 million ten-day start of The Heat earlier this year (which fell 37 percent in its second weekend to gross $24.76 million). Gravity has clearly become an event film and doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon.

IMAX grosses were responsible for an estimated $9.00 million of the film’s overall gross this weekend. That brings the current IMAX total for Gravity to $26.54 million, which represents 21.5 percent of the film’s overall domestic gross thus far.

Sony’s Captain Phillips debuted in second place with an estimated $26.0 million. The Paul Greengrass directed film starring Tom Hanks exceeded pre-release expectations, which is obviously especially impressive in this case given the continued strength of Gravity this weekend. Like Gravity, Captain Phillips is being helped out by very strong reviews and early word of mouth (the film received an A rating on CinemaScore). Captain Phillips represents a nice bounce back for Hanks, who had seen his drawing power fade in the last few years with the performances of Larry Crowne, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close and Cloud Atlas. The opening weekend performance of Captain Phillips was 6 percent stronger than the $24.44 million Sony’s Zero Dark Thirty earned in its first weekend of wide release back in January.

Captain Phillips opened with $8.5 million on Friday (which included an estimated $0.60 million from late night shows on Thursday night), increased 23 percent on Saturday to take in $10.45 million and is estimated to decline 32.5 percent on Sunday to gross $7.05 million. In general, daily holds are expected to be strong on Sunday with the aid of the Columbus Day holiday on Monday. The estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio for Captain Phillips was 3.06 to 1, which is a promising early sign going forward. The audience breakdown for Captain Phillips skewed significantly towards moviegoers over 35 (62 percent) and slightly towards male moviegoers (52 percent).

Fellow Sony release Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 placed in third with an estimated $14.2 million. The 3D computer animated sequel was down a healthy 32 percent from last weekend. In comparison, 2009’s Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs fell 37 percent in its third weekend to gross $15.81 million. Cloudy 2 has grossed a very solid $78.04 million in 17 days, which places it 4 percent behind the $81.50 million 17-day take of Cloudy 1. With no new competition for family audiences throughout the rest of October, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 should continue to hold up well throughout the rest of the month.

Machete Kills proved to be a disappointment this weekend with a fourth place estimated debut of just $3.797 million. The Robert Rodriguez directed sequel released by Open Road opened below its already low expectations and a very lackluster 67 percent below the $11.42 million debut of Machete back in 2010. Clearly, opening in such a crowded marketplace for adult moviegoers proved to be an unwise decision and given the grosses of the first film, there wasn’t much potential for a Machete sequel to begin with. With an estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio of 2.71 to 1 (the film opened with $1.40 million on Friday), a lackluster B- CinemaScore rating and the film’s fan base driven nature, Machete Kills won’t be in theatres for long.

Fox’s Runner Runner and Warner’s Prisoners both finished just behind Machete Kills with respective fifth place and sixth place estimated takes of $3.725 million and $3.665 million. The three films are close enough to one another that the order of the three could still change when actuals are released on Monday. Runner Runner was down 52 percent from last weekend’s already poor start, while Prisoners stabilized this weekend to decline a solid 36 percent. To date, Runner Runner has managed just $14.11 million in ten days and Prisoners has grossed a respectable $53.62 million in 24 days.

On the limited front, Relativity’s Romeo and Juliet made very little impact this weekend. The Shakespeare adaptation, starring Hailee Steinfeld and Douglas Booth, grossed an estimated $509,000 from 461 locations. That gave Romeo and Juliet a per-location average of just $1,104 for the frame.


To recap, Gravity stays high in 1st, Captain Phillips sails in 2nd, Machete Kills gets sliced in 3rd, Runner Runner keeps running in 4th, and Prisoners keeps secured in 5th.


On Wednesday’s entertainment report, Disney Channel prevailed once again while Nick suffered a disastrous beating thanks to the mouse. To that end, TUFF Puppy, and Digimon Fusion are being moved to Nicktoons because of sloppy ratings which meant viewership didn’t produce very well, which also meant that the schedule for the Fall didn’t turn out like they’d hoped. Is Nick possibly moving their best shows for their safety because of the schedule Dan?


Dan Barry (via Nick and More)- After only airing three new episodes on Nickelodeon, Digimon Fusion will shift over to Nick’s digital animation network Nicktoons starting this Sunday, October 13. The first three episodes will repeat from 10-11:30am followed by a brand-new episode at 11:30am. The Saban Brands-series will continue to air new episodes every Sunday at 11:30am (ET).

And following a trend of Nickelodeon original series that have failed to attract enough of an audience on the main network (or ones that Nick sits on for years before burning them off), T.U.F.F. Puppy will now have premiere episodes air on Nicktoons. The series will air new episodes Sundays at 11am (ET) starting October 20.

T.U.F.F. Puppy premiered in October 2010 on Nickelodeon and has so far aired 35 of its 60 episodes. The last set of premiere episodes to air on main Nick was for a week in August. Before that, the show last had premieres last October.

Nicktoons has been the “burn off” location for past Nicktoons, including Planet Sheen, Back at the Barnyard, The Mighty B! and even oldies like Invader ZIM and CatDog (the last of which STILL has two unaired episodes in the States).


Nick may have forced to move 2 of their shows so far, but they’re still keeping up with their spooky tradition! What’s on the Halloween docket this year Johnny, is there any new episodes this year?


Johnny Trout (via Nick and More)- This Halloween season, Nickelodeon will treat viewers to a month of spooky, side-splitting new episodes from hit series Sam & Cat, The Haunted Hathaways, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, SpongeBob SquarePants, See Dad Run, Peter Rabbit, Deadtime Stories and a Halloween themed AwesomenessTV episode hosted by pop sensation Cody Simpson.

Fans can visit Nick’s Halloween hub, to access content including photo galleries, quizzes, blogs, polls and games featuring characters from their favorite shows. Classic Halloween episodes from iCarly, Big Time Rush, Victorious, SpongeBob SquarePants, Power Rangers Megaforce, Kung Fu Panda and Penguins of Madagascar, will be available for viewing all month long on the site. Additionally, The Haunted Hathaways, “Haunted Halloween” and Sam & Cat, “#DollSitting” will be available for streaming on three hours after the Nickelodeon premiere (Oct. 19) .

Below is the rundown of Nickelodeon’s Halloween-themed premieres:


Deadtime Stories “The Witching Game”
Thursday, Oct. 10, at 8:00p.m.
Bloody Mary was a silly wishing game that never worked. But when Lindsay and her friends play in front of an antique mirror, the game quickly turns into a nightmare. Their wishes start coming true, with horrifying results!

Deadtime Stories “The Beast of Baskerville”
Thursday, Oct. 10, at 8:30p.m.
The town of Baskerville has a legend about a half-human beast with horns and hooves. When Adam’s friends start disappearing during an over-night camp out he learns that the story is all too real.

SpongeBob SquarePants “Don’t Look Now/Séance Schméance”
Monday, Oct. 14, at 7:00p.m.
In “Don’t Look Now,” SpongeBob and Patrick go to see the latest horror film, only to be seemingly stalked by the villain. Next, SpongeBob holds a séance at the Krusty Krab to learn the recipe for a long-lost sandwich in Séance Schméance.

Deadtime Stories “Terror in Tiny Town”
Thursday, Oct. 17, at 8:00p.m.
Willy and Zack love playing with their Tiny Town train set action figures, but they begin to notice that the pieces aren’t always where they left them, and the train now runs by itself. Is it possible Tiny Town has come to life?

Deadtime Stories “Revenge of the Goblins”
Thursday, Oct. 17, at 8:30p.m.
When Nina and Sam discover a magical orb that can freeze time, they unwittingly unleash a horde of evil goblins. Now they must find a way to stop the goblins before they take over the world.

The Fairly OddParents “Scary GodCouple”
Saturday, Oct. 19, at 9:30a.m.
During this 30-minute special, Foop becomes Vicky’s anti-fairy godparent, Vicky and Foop terrorize Timmy and the kids of Dimmsdale and Foop tells Vicky that the reason Timmy has thwarted her all these years is because he has fairy godparents. If they can destroy the fairies, no one will be able to stop them.

Sanjay and Craig “Blackout/ Family Re-Noodman”
Saturday, Oct. 19, at 10:30a.m.
When the lights go out, Sanjay becomes the most powerful kid in town during “Blackout.”
During “Family Re-Noodman,” the boys infiltrate Noodman’s reunion in hopes of tasting special Frycade wings.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles “Invasion of the Squirrelanoids”
Saturday, Oct. 19, at 11:00a.m.
While tracking mutagen, the Turtles bring a mutated squirrel back to the lair. When it starts multiplying, the Turtles must hunt the squirrel mutants and prevent them escaping into the city.

Monsters vs. Aliens “Curse of the Man-Beast / It Came From Level Z”
Saturday, Oct. 19, at 12:00p.m.
After hacking into Monger’s top secret files, the monsters learn that there was supposed to be another member of the team, The Man-Beast, during “Curse of the Man-Beast.” Next in, “It Came From Level Z,” the boys of Team Monster have turned the Rec Room into a pigsty. When Monger demands they clean up, the guys enlist the help of an old zombie.

Power Rangers Megaforce “Halloween”
Saturday, Oct. 19, at 1:00p.m.
On Halloween, the scariest night of the year, the Rangers have a strange encounter with a mysterious cloaked Medium who conjures “visions” of monsters past.

Sam & Cat “#DollSitting”
Saturday, Oct. 19, at 8:00p.m.
On Halloween, Sam and Cat are hired to babysit a doll, with unusual and creepy results. Cat also thinks she may have accidentally turned Dice into a monkey with a magic spell.

The Haunted Hathaways “Haunted Halloween”
Saturday, Oct. 19, at 8:30p.m.
When Ray and Miles agree to help Taylor with her first Halloween party in the Hathaway/Preston house by doing parlor tricks, things go awry after Louie defiantly turns to a powerful ghost to help really haunt the party.

See Dad Run “See Dad Halloween”
Sunday, Oct. 20, at 8:00p.m.
David hopes to get the kids in the Halloween spirit, so he takes them with him to “exorcise” the Ghost of Stage 19. The kids aren’t impressed until crazy things start happening at home, and the whole family is freaked out.

PAW Patrol “Pups and the Ghost Pirate”
Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 12:00p.m.
It’s Halloween and the pups are dressed in costume and going Trick or Treating, then to a party! Capt’n Turbot has decorated an old wreck as a pirate ship and the whole town is invited to the party. When the ship mysteriously starts to head out to sea captained by a “ghost” Ryder and the PAW Patrol must save the ship and discover who the ghost is.

Deadtime Stories “Grandpa’s Monster Movies”
Thursday, Oct. 24, at 8:00p.m.
A pair of city kids attend a family reunion at their grandparent’s farm, but are soon bored and looking for something to do. After sneaking into the attic and finding their grandfather’s old home movies, they realize that cows aren’t the only creatures on the farm.

Deadtime Stories “Ghost Knight”
Thursday. Oct. 24, at 8:30p.m.
Cody and his friend Ben go in search of excitement in a haunted Castle behind his grandfather’s retirement home, however the duo gets more than they bargained for when they are suddenly swept into a medieval tournament on a quest to save the princess.

Peter Rabbit “The Tale of the Giant Pumpkin/The Tale of the Fierce Bad Rabbit
Sunday, Oct. 25, at 1:30p.m.
In “The Tale of the Giant Pumpkin,” when Peter sets his sights on the biggest pumpkin in Mr. McGregor’s patch, rolling it out of the garden turns into the ride of a lifetime. Next in, “The Tale of the Fierce Bad Rabbit,” Peter and his friends set out to taste the sweetest dandelions in the world, only to find that they’re protected by the meanest character in the entire valley!

AwesomenessTV: Halloween episode hosted by Cody Simpson
Monday, Oct. 28, at 7:30p.m.
Nickelodeon’s brand new sketch comedy show featuring hilarious characters, awesome pranks and music parodies. Swag Master J: Guide to Halloween, Trash Scare Prank, Overly Dramatic Teen Picks Out Her Halloween Costume, and more.

Deadtime Stories “Little Magic Shop of Horrors”
Thursday, Oct. 31, at 8:00p.m.
Peter and Bo buy a magic kit from a mysterious magic shop in order to win the school’s talent competition. However, they learn their tricks are real, and can’t be undone, putting their friends and classmates in grave danger.

TeenNick Programming:
TeenNick reboots the classic “Nick or Treat” as “Nick or Tweet” with Halloween episodes of ‘90s classics Hey Arnold, Rugrats and more. Viewers can watch and tweet the secret word for the chance to win a super ‘90s prize pack.

Nicktoons Programming:
Nicktoons embraces the Halloween spirit with “HALLOWHAAAAT!” The stunt features new episodes of Wild Grinders on Monday, Oct. 28, leading up to an action-packed marathon of episodes on Halloween day.


Checking the Penguins tally, 37 fans sign in as Team Skipper prepares the Halloween festivities before continuing Sunday morning sweeps.



Flash! Be on the lookout for a stalker fisherman as SpongeBob and Patrick are being stalked after a trip to the theater. Will the duo survive their spooky encounter? In other news, Team Timmy is in trouble as Vicky is recruited by Foop to be her fairy god kid! Have Timmy, Cosmo, Wanda, and Poof met their match? The Grinders’ day is almost at hand as Lil Rob continues this week with more spooky Nicktoons with Zombie Lil Rob. This is Realistic Fish Head saying coming next week, beware of scary surprises!

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