The Martian with 15.9 million beats Goosebumps after last week’s surprise knockdown; Paley Center special set for December 7th; South Park avoid being sued by Yelp since last Wednesday’s South Park episode



The Martian gets it’s revenge! I’m Realistic Fish Head. After Goosebumps beat out the competitors last week with 24 million, The Martian gets payback with 16 million. The sci-fi hit may have taken control of the top spot, but Monday’s big numbers will prove it! Can Goosebumps rebound or The Martian take it away? Tell us Gene!






With all five of this weekend’s wide releases disappointing to various degrees, Fox’s The Martian and Sony’s Goosebumps continued to lead the box office. Weekend estimates for The Martian and Goosebumps are separated by just $400,000, so the race for first place this weekend won’t be completely decided until actuals are released on Monday.

The Martian took in an estimated $15.90 million this weekend. The blockbuster Ridley Scott directed 3D sci-fi film starring Matt Damon was down a slim 25 percent. After losing a bit of momentum last weekend, The Martian re-stabilized very nicely this weekend due in part to this weekend’s new releases collectively being even softer than expected. The Martian has grossed an impressive $166.36 million in 24 days. The film is currently running 13 percent ahead of the $147.04 million last year’s Interstellar grossed after 24 days of wide release and 17 percent behind the $199.65 million 24-day gross of 2013’s Gravity.

Goosebumps followed closely behind with an estimated $15.50 million. The 3D horror comedy starring Jack Black was down 34 percent from last weekend’s debut. Goosebumps experienced a solid second weekend hold and likely got an extra boost this weekend from Halloween falling next Saturday. The ten-day take for Goosebumps stands at $43.71 million. That is in line with pre-release expectations and places the film 26 percent ahead of the $34.80 million ten-day start of last year’s Ouija (which fell 46 percent in its second weekend to gross $10.74 million).

Disney and DreamWorks’ Bridge of Spies also held up nicely this weekend with an estimated third place take of $11.37 million. The critically acclaimed Steven Spielberg directed thriller starring Tom Hanks decreased only 26 percent from last weekend.  Bridge of Spies has grossed a promising $32.58 million in ten days. That places the film 21 percent behind the $41.04 million ten-day gross of 2004’s The Terminal (which fell 31 percent in its second weekend to take in $13.14 million). Bridge of Spies is likely to continue to hold up well going forward thanks in part to strong word of mouth.

Lionsgate’s The Last Witch Hunter delivered the weekend’s top debut with an estimated fourth place take of $10.83 million. The Vin Diesel led action film opened below pre-release expectations and an underwhelming 43 percent below the $19.03 million debut of 2013’s Riddick. Like Riddick, The Last Witch Hunter is likely to be front-loaded. The Last Witch Hunter received a lackluster B- rating on CinemaScore and has a current Flixster audience score of 54 percent; neither of which is an encouraging sign going forward. It should be noted that The Last Witch Hunter carried the largest price tag of this weekend’s five new releases.

Hotel Transylvania 2 rounded out the weekend’s top five with an estimated $9.00 million. Sony’s Adam Sandler led 3D computer animated film declined just 29 percent from last weekend, as like Goosebumps, Hotel Transylvania 2 likely also received a boost from family audiences who wanted to catch the film before the arrival of Halloween next weekend.  Hotel Transylvania 2 continues to impress with $148.29 million in 31 days. That places the film 14 percent ahead of the $130.38 million 31-day take of 2012’s Hotel Transylvania.

Paramount’s Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension was even softer than already expected this weekend with an estimated sixth place debut of $8.20 million. Moviegoers clearly had no desire for a sixth installment of the low budget horror franchise and the decision to shorten the film’s theatrical window (which resulted in the film playing in a relatively modest 1,656 locations) didn’t help matters either. Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension debuted a disappointing 55 percent below the $18.34 million debut of last year’s Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones. While The Marked Ones opened in 1,211 more locations than The Ghost Dimension, it didn’t have the added advantage of higher priced 3D admissions that The Ghost Dimension has. Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension received a soft C rating on CinemaScore and has a current Flixster audience score of just 41 percent.

After a promising two-week start in platform release, Universal’s Steve Jobs stumbled as it expanded into wide release with an estimated seventh place take of just $7.27 million. The Danny Boyle directed drama starring Michael Fassbender was the weekend’s biggest disappointment when taking into account expectations. Despite strong critical reviews, the film’s appeal with moviegoers in major metropolitan areas clearly isn’t transferring over to moviegoers throughout the rest of North America. This weekend’s performance for Steve Jobs barely outpaced the $6.71 million debut of 2013’s Jobs (which was received far less favorably by critics) and was 40 percent softer than the recent $12.15 million wide expansion of Sicario. The 17-day total for Steve Jobs stands at $9.98 million. Word of mouth does appear to be positive for the film, as it received an A- rating on CinemaScore and currently boasts an 81 percent Flixster audience score.

Meanwhile, Open Road’s Rock the Kasbah and Universal’s Jem and the Holograms both downright flopped this weekend with respective estimated starts of only $1.51 million and $1.32 million. Both films performed below their already soft pre-release expectations. The Bill Murray led Rock the Kasbah was hampered by poor critical reviews and from the immense current competition for adult moviegoers. Jem and the Holograms didn’t appeal to fans of the 1980s animated television series and didn’t have much potential to begin with. Rock the Kasbah received a B- rating on CinemaScore, while Jem and the Holograms received a stronger B+ rating.



To recap, The Martian regains altitude in 1st, Goosebumps moves to 2nd, Bridge of Spies holds in 3rd, The Last Witch Hunter is on the hunt in 4th, and Hotel T 2 holds in 5th as the Drac Pack receives a boost from family audiences in time for Halloween.




Way back in 1989, Cartoon All Stars featuring Bugs Bunny, TNMT, Muppet Babies, Alvin and the Chipmunks, and ALF highlighted the one thing that hurts our bodies: smoking. Now today’s toons are back with an all new all star special. Who’s in this time Dan?



Dan Barry (via Animation World)- TV’s Funniest Animated Stars: A Paley Center for Media Special is set to air Monday, Dec. 7 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. The two-hour special will honor the 40 most iconic, beloved and groundbreaking animated stars who have influenced generations of fans, created new dictionary entries (D’oh!), broken down barriers with irreverent social commentary and, most importantly, made us laugh.

The Paley Center for Media knows a good character is sometimes a lot more “animated” than others and will include a countdown of animated stars featuring exclusive interviews with the creators who conceived the characters and the actors who brought them to life for animation fans worldwide.

The special will profile Mickey Mouse, Bugs Bunny, Homer Simpson, Bart Simpson, Stewie Griffin, Donald Duck, SpongeBob SquarePants, Scooby-Doo and many more.  Additionally,  the following talent will be interviewed during the special: Pamela Adlon (voice of Bobby Hill), Tony Anselmo (voice of Donald Duck), Todd Barbee (voice of Charlie Brown), H. Jon Benjamin (voice of Bob Belcher and Sterling Archer), Alex Borstein (voice of Lois Griffin), Nancy Cartwright (voice of Bart Simpson), John DiMaggio (voice of Bender), Seth Green (voice of Chris Griffin and The Nerd), Mike Henry (voice of Cleveland Brown), Mike Judge (voice of Hank Hill, Beavis and Butt-Head), Tom Kenny (voice of SpongeBob SquarePants) and Yeardley Smith (voice of Lisa Simpson).

TV’s Funniest Animated Stars: A Paley Center For Media Special will be executive-produced by Brad Lachman, Paley Center President and CEO Maureen J. Reidy and Paley Center Executive Vice President of Programming Diane Lewis. Bill Bracken will serve as supervising producer and Jon Macks will serve as producer.




Last week’s episode of South Park saw Eric Cartman abusing his powers on the social shopping site Yelp. This drew suspicion from Yelp themselves, but what about South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker? Have they tricked the shopping site in a fake infringement plot Dan?



Dan Barry (via Animation World (continued)-  Eater LA has broken the news that the $10 million lawsuit against South Park creators and Comedy Central by online review site Yelp is, in fact, a hoax.

Yes, Virginia, “Yelp Sues South Park For $10 Million Over Latest Episode,” published on October 21 on news satire site, is not for real’s. Which is sad, because the well-crafted parody was a hilarious response to the latest South Park episode, which lampooned Yelp reviewers for confusing themselves with legitimate food critics. Making matters worse, quotes such as the one below attributed to South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker are also fake:

“We’ve taken a hard look at the information presented to us, and after reviewing it, we have given Yelp and their lawsuit only one star. Their lawyers delivered us legal documents in a very unprofessional manner; not bothering to smile or even a quick handshake. The writing on the envelope was barely legible and in two different colors. It is our personal opinion that Yelp could do a much better job by not suing us for ten million dollars.”

Having received real press releases quoting Stone and Parker in the past, we have to say that this one seems perfectly in line with something the duo might actually say. Or write. But, nope, it’s fake.

The venerable food blog reached out to Yelp to get the skinny on the lawsuit and was told this:

“The rumor about a Yelp lawsuit is entirely untrue and was started by a satire site that has received far too much media credibility,” a real, live Yelp spokesperson reportedly said. “We have no interest in legal action against the fantastic team that makes the South Park magic happen.”



Checking the Penguins tally, 1,531 fans sign in as the  kiddies prepare for Halloween this week thanks to Team Skipper.




The spooks have finally arrived! Check out new Halloween episodes of Teen Titans Go! and Uncle Grandpa as well as your favorite episodes from Clarence and Gumball. Also don’t forget to fall back as Daylight Savings Time ends this week. This is Realistic Fish Head saying, lookout for ghosts, monsters and spooks this week!

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