Welcome to the Fall TV edition of Gene Scallop’s entertainment report. Here’s what’s toping today!
The Perfect Guy took a head start against Universal’s The Visit in this week’s box office report edging it by 1 million smacker. The race was neck and neck on Monday and Sony just needed a few smackers to pass through. Did it do much to win the weekend Angie?
Angie Angelfish (via Deadline Hollywood)- The Perfect Guy won the weekend by only $460K over M. Night Shyamalan’s and Blumhouse’s horror film The Visit — and it did so on 838 fewer screens. So it’s worth noting that Screen Gems’ thriller had a per-screen average of $11,656 compared with The Visit‘s $8,258K. Because both films dropped about the same percentage on Sunday (down around 45%), they ended up only a sneeze apart in the neck-and-neck fight for the No. 1 spot. The final tally put The Perfect Guy at $25.8M and The Visit at $25.4M. The latter also garnered another $3.9M from 14 international markets to bring its worldwide cume to $29.4M for Universal Pictures.
It’s now five weekends in a row that America has seen core audience African-American demo films in the No. 1 spot at the box office, after Straight Outta Compton (three times), War Room and now possibly The Perfect Guy.
Also, noteworthy is Un Gallo Con Muchos Huevos which, in its second weekend, landed in the Top 10 with a great hold (-41%) after adding more than 200 screens. The Pantelion comedy has a total cume of $6.79M. It was released in Spanish and will switch over to English dub in the coming weeks.
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials will debut and is on track to open higher than the first in the franchise’s $32.5M last year. This installment had its debut in 21 international markets this past weekend and grossed $26.7M — good for 40% higher than its predecessor. Also opening wide is is Warner Bros.’ gritty and very violent mobster film Black Mass starring an unrecognizable Johnny Depp as a Boston crime boss. Also opening is Paramount’s faith-based film Captive adapted from the book Unlikely Angel: The Untold Story of the Atlanta Hostage Hero written by Ashley Smith who, if you remember, was held hostage years ago in her apartment by a gun-wielding man and then changed his heart by reading from the book, The Purpose Driven Life.
On a platform release is Bleecker Street’s Pawn Sacrifice which opens Wednesday in New York and Los Angeles before landing in 11 other cities by Friday. The film, about the intense 1972 World chess championship between Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) and Boris Spassky (Liev Schreiber), will then go wide on Sept. 25th.
Let’s see Maze Runner 2 can continue its track to place it in the box office this weekend.
2 weeks ago, TV Guide first reported the past Nicktoons of the 90’s might be getting a refresh such as Rugrats and Hey Arnold. Now more news has leaked through that the entire 90’s Nicktoon shows might end up on a new programming block, for example Splat! in early 2005. Is Nick ready to bring back all of their biggest Nicktoon shows back on TV and back in business Danny?
Danny Angelfish (via Entertainment Weekly)- Fans of Nickelodeon in the ’90s may be all growed up, but the network is set to let viewers from the decade relive the glory days of their favorite Nick programming later this fall.
Nickelodeon has been teasing The Splat!, which EW has learned is a programming block arriving in October. There is no fully revealed list of which programs will be included in The Splat!, nor how or when viewers will be able to access the shows, has been revealed.
But Nickelodeon is clearly promising more to be revealed soon, as a fairly empty website has been launched teasing The Splat!’s arrival, prompting fans to follow the various social media accounts for more. But The Splat’s YouTube channel posted a montage trailer featuring a host of Nickelodeon’s iconic animated series. The trailer includes clips from Rugrats, Hey, Arnold!, CatDog, Rocket Power, and many more.
The Splat’s logo made appearances at ’90s Fest, which took place in Brooklyn, New York on Sept. 12, along with Kenan & Kel theme song artist Coolio and Nickelodeon’s famous green slime.
Rumors of reboots for some of these now retired cartoons surfaced after Nickelodeon’s president of content and development, Russell Hicks, told Variety that the network was “looking at our library to bring back ideas, shows that were loved, in a fresh new way.” He did not clarify, but many took this to mean that a Rugrats reboot was imminent.
Back in 2006, Pixar celebrated is 20th birthday of the best 3D animation ever in its history. Now a major Disney/Pixar feature is celebrating a birthday of their own just in time for awards season. What’s the Academy eyeing on this one Dan?
Dan Barry (via Animation World)- Oscar winners John Lasseter, the Chief Creative Officer of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, and Ed Catmull, the studio’s President, will take the stage in a live panel discussion celebrating Toy Story, the world’s first entirely computer-animated feature film, on Thursday, October 1, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.
Twenty years after they collaborated on the game-changing film, Lasseter, the film’s director and co-writer, and Catmull, its executive producer and the creator of the revolutionary digital animation program that made Toy Story possible, will share behind-the-scenes stories about the myriad challenges they faced as they imagined, invented and problem-solved their way into motion picture history. Actor-director Jon Favreau will moderate the panel, which will feature additional guests to be announced.
Pixar Animation Studios, founded in 1986, was at the vanguard of the computer animation revolution that blurred the lines between art and technology. Toy Story was the company’s first feature film, after years of creating revolutionary software, animated logos and television commercials with Lasseter and Catmull leading the way. The film earned Oscar nominations for Original Song, Original Musical or Comedy Score, and Original Screenplay (the first for an animated film); Lasseter shared in the screenplay nomination as well as received a Special Achievement Award for his inspired leadership of the filmmaking team. Catmull went on to receive an Oscar for his contributions to RenderMan, the software that was instrumental to the creation of Toy Story and the countless computer-animated films that followed.
Tickets for “Toy Story: 20 Years of Being an Animation Game-Changer” are $5 for general admission and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID, and may be purchased online at Oscars.org starting September 16. The Samuel Goldwyn Theater is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills.
Checking the Penguins tally, 1,539 fans sign in as Fall TV season gets underway.
Make sure you tune in this Friday for all new episodes of SpongeBob, Sanjay and Craig, Harvey Beaks, and Pig Goat Banana Cricket. Then on Saturday, catch the newest TMNT in which Ralph meets an dinosaur-like warrior. Is he more friend than foe? Don’t miss the action this weekend! See you soon for the next edition of Gene Scallop’s entertainment report!