Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children outperforms box office with 29 million, Deepwater Horizon follows suit; Cartoon Network reveals licensing deals for The Powerpuff Girls; Adventure Time to end in 2018 after season 9


Miss Peregrine welcomes you! I’m Realistic Fish Head. The Magnificent Seven’s 35 million haul last week did hard damage to Storks causing it to underperform as it dealt another blow to the animation slump.  The box office had another boost this week as Miss Peregrine, the newest film by Tim Burton, and Deepwater Horizon, based on a true story, outperformed as Miss Peregrine swooped by to take the lead with 28 million. Will the sudden peculiar pattern continue this weekend Gene?




This weekend ultimately turned out very much as expected with Fox’s Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and Lionsgate’s Deepwater Horizon debuting in the #1 and #2 spots respectively. Fellow new opener, Relativity’s Masterminds, was unable to score in the double-digit millions in its debut and Disney’s Queen of Katwe fell short in its expansion. Overall the weekend saw an uptick from last weekend, but was still down compared to last year with the top twelve generating an estimated $106.4 million compared to last year’s $142.7 million, which was led by The Martian‘s $54.3 million debut.

Finishing #1, Tim Burton‘s Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children delivered an estimated $28.5 million in its opening weekend from 3,522 theaters. The film received a “B+” CinemaScore and currently holds a so-so 64% on Rotten Tomatoes, both of which may have contributed to the film being unable to quite reach $30 million for its opening weekend.

Looking ahead, audiences under the age of 25 gave the film an “A-” CinemaScore with the overall audience breakdown coming in at 41% male vs. 59% female and 51% of all audience members were under the age of 25. All things considered, a run that ends around $75 million or so seems most likely, though if it’s able to deliver a strong hold next weekend that number could increase.

Internationally, the film premiered with an estimated $36.5 million from 59 markets delivering a $65 million worldwide debut. This opening includes an estimated $5.19 million in South Korea, $4.5 million in the UK, $3.8 million in Mexico, $3.1 million in Australia and $1.7 million in the Philippines. Miss Peregrine expands into 20 new markets next weekend including top markets France, Russia, Germany and India.

Coming in second, Deepwater Horizon grossed an estimated $20.6 million from 3,259 theaters. The film also earned an “A-” CinemaScore from opening day audiences and holds an 82%, “Certified Fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Based on this opening a domestic run around $70-75 million seems likely.

Deepwater Horizon also debuted with $12.4 million internationally from 52 markets, only three of which were major markets. The opening was led by the UK where it took in an estimated $2.6 million. Territories in the Middle East opened to an estimated $1.5 million, followed by Russia where it brought in an estimated $1.2 million, finishing second behind local title The Duelist ($2.4m). Deepwater expands further next weekend including openings in Australia and Italy on October 6.

Third and fourth place belong to a pair of holdovers beginning with Sony’s The Magnificent Seven, which dropped a little more than expected, falling 54.8% and bringing in an estimated $15.7 million. The film’s cume now stands at $61.6 million. WB’s animated feature Storks finished in fourth, dropping 35% and delivering an estimated $13.8 million as its cume now stands at $38.8 million.

Rounding out the top five, WB’s Sully dropped only 38% in its fourth weekend, bringing in an estimated $8.4 million as its cume now stands at $105.3 million. This marks the 14th live action film Tom Hanks has starred in to gross over $100 million domestically and the fifth film Clint Eastwood has directed to top the century mark domestically.

Getting back to the week’s new releases, Relativity’s long-delayed ensemble comedy Masterminds finished outside the top five with an estimated $6.6 million from 3,042 theaters. The sixth place finish for Masterminds places it just ahead of Disney’s Queen of Katwe, which expanded into 1,242 theaters (+1,190) and delivered an estimated $2.6 million.

In limited release, Fox International’s release of M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story debuted in 256 theaters with an estimated $1.2 million, which is right on par with 2014’s Bang Bang, which opened with $1.27 million from 271 theaters and finished with $2.54 million. Dhoni also brought in $14.5 million internationally, 98% of which comes from its release in India where it brought in an estimated $14.25 million.

China Lion’s I Belonged to You brought in an estimated $325,000 from 50 theaters ($6,500 PTA); Bleecker Street’s Denial debuted in five theaters with an estimated $102,101 ($20,420 PTA); A24’s American Honey opened with $75,370 in four theaters ($18,843 PTA); Music Box’s A Man Called Ove brought in an estimated $61,000 from nine theaters ($6,777 PTA) ; Harry & Snowman brought in an estimated $55,000 from 18 theaters ($3,056 PTA); and Do Not Resist opened with an estimated $7,150 from one theater.

Finally, Disney is about to have its third $1 billion worldwide earner as Finding Dory now ranks 27th all-time worldwide and has passed Despicable Me 2 to become the fifth highest grossing animated title of all-time globally. Disney currently holds the top four worldwide releases of 2016, two of which—Captain America: Civil War and Zootopia—have already topped $1 billion.

Next weekend Fox Searchlight will debut the Oscar hopeful The Birth of a Nation into ~2,000 theaters, Universal will debut The Girl on the Train in 3,000+ theaters and Lionsgate will release Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life in ~2,600 theaters.

To recap, Miss Peregrine stoops in 1st, Deepwater Horizon blows in 2nd, The Magnificent Seven gallops in 3rd, Storks suffers problems in 4th, and Sully regains altitude in 5th.

With the Powerpuff campaign Powerfactor underway this month, the girls are searching for retail companies to advertise for their upcoming toy line, and more of them could be joining soon. Last week, the girls found the first few companies starting from the UK. What companies could be the first to show these Powerpuff merchandise Danny?

The EMEA merchandise roll-out will be kicked off by global toy partner Spin Master who will launch its innovative toy range spanning plush, figures and playsets, dolls, role play and novelty items in spring 2017. A robust line-up of fashion, accessories, gifting, homewares, personal care, FMCG and back-to-school products will follow closely thereafter.

“The reaction to the return of The Powerpuff Girls has been remarkable. Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup may be little but they are generating a huge amount of excitement among fans, licensees and retailers,” commented Johanne Broadfield, VP, Cartoon Network Enterprises EMEA. “We’re now delighted to be sharing details of the extensive line-up of partners that we’ve secured for this extraordinary franchise, and are confident that regardless of age, demographic or income, every fan will find a product they love.”

In the UK, a diverse range of partners are being welcomed to The Powerpuff Girls licensing program including Posh Paws (bags), Blues Clothing (apparel), Forbidden Planet (gifts and accessories), Branded Clothing International (apparel), William Lamb (footwear and kids’ bags), Smith & Brooks (kid and adult apparel), C&M Licensing (nightwear and underwear), The Janger Limited (clothing hangers and athletic wear), Drew Pearson International (headwear and accessories), Corsair Toiletries (personal care), Blueprint Collections (stationery), Roy Lowe and Sons (socks), Poplar Linens (homeware) and JFS Manchester (accessories).

In Italy, the brand’s first partners include Imap Export S.P.A. (apparel and accessories) and San Carlo Gruppo Alimentare (FMCG). For Spain, first partners include Karactermania (apparel, back-to-school and accessories), El Corte Ingles (accessories), Laboratorios Iberpos (personal care), Miss Hamptons (fashion accessories) and Dolci Preziosi (FMCG). Lethe Jakub Chmielniak also joins the vast line-up with apparel and accessory products for Central and Eastern European, and luxury fashion brand Bizuu recently debuted its AW16 collection in Poland with a high profile catwalk event.

For the Middle East, Cartoon Network has signed licensees including Party Center LLC (party-ware), Concept – Big Brands Group LLC (personal care), Trucare Fzc (fashion and homewares), SunCe Products Limited (back-to-school) and MEI Theatrical Limited (events). Finally, in a multi-territory deal, Bioworld will launch an assortment of apparel and accessories across EMEA and Pretty Ballerinas is on board for a global footwear collection.

The Powerpuff Girls is also widely featured in the dedicated Cartoon Network Zone at the recently opened IMG Worlds of Adventures in Dubai. Alongside the Mojo Jojo’s Robot Rampage ride that offers visitors the chance to take the skies with Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup, the Cartoon Network retail store offers a vast array of Powerpuff Girl products, many of which are exclusive to the park.

In a further brand extension, Cartoon Network has recently partnered with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment to introduce The Powerpuff Girls into the popular LEGO dimensions video game in June 2017.

“Our aim is to make sure that The Powerpuff Girls is front of mind with girls in all our key markets and for the brand to be present wherever they are playing, interacting and spending time with their friends. With this fantastic line-up of licensees and our strong pipeline of content including games, apps and new episodes, we know that The Powerpuff Girls is going to remain in girls’ hearts and homes for quite some time to come,” concluded Broadfield.


Following Regular Show’s final season, CN’s other show Adventure Time is ending after season 9. With the show currently in season 8 with some unanswered questions Dan, when will we see the last time of Jake and Finn in the land of Ooo?


Dan Barry (via Animation World)- Cartoon Network has confirmed via press release that its award winning hit series, Adventure Time, is set to end in 2018. The ninth season, which is currently in production, will be the last, while other special episodes will be released in 2018.

One of Cartoon Network’s most popular programs, Adventure Time originally premiered in 2007. The Emmy and Peabody Award-winning animated series created by Pendleton Ward and co-produced by Cartoon Network Studios and Frederator is set to premiere its eighth season later this year.

Adventure Time was a passion project for the people on the crew who poured their heart into the art and stories,” Ward commented in the release. “We tried to put into every episode something genuine and telling from our lives, and make a show that was personal to us, and that had jokes too! I’m really happy that it connected with an audience for so long. It’s a special thing, I think.”

Adventure Time changed the definition of what a kids’ TV series could be, and it’s had a resounding impact upon popular culture around the world,” said CN chief creative officer Rob Sorcher. “Cartoon Network Studios is proud to have brought together this group of brilliant artists and animators who helped make Adventure Time one of the most critically acclaimed TV series of a generation.”

For those of you who haven’t yet watched the series, here’s what it’s all about, and we sincerely urge you to give it a try:

In Adventure Time, a boy named Finn (voiced by Jeremy Shada) and his adoptive brother Jake (John DiMaggio), a wise, shape shifting dog, are best friends who set out on a series of wondrous adventures in the post-apocalyptic land of Ooo. The Land of Ooo, which is a mystical place filled with mountains, forests, winding rivers and cities, is home to several strange and unique characters. Throughout their captivating adventures, Finn and Jake encounter several of Ooo’s most extraordinary inhabitants, including Princess Bubblegum, The Ice King, Flame Princess, Lumpy Space Princess and Marceline the Vampire Queen. Their exciting journeys together through this whimsical landscape serve as the plot of the hit animated series.

As any fan of the series knows, there’s a lot, lot, lot more to it than that, but we’re just too sad right now to get into all of it. This Buzzfeed listicle pretty much sums things up…


We’ll make sure these Q’s are answered after January 2018.



October’s here at last, and that means scary stuff is coming in. For you invasion fans out there, here’s the flick you’ve looking for since our summer extravaganza:





We’ll keep ourselves safe from those spooks for the time being.



As Regular Show begins to go full circle, keep track of the Park Boys all month long with new episodes to see where they go from here. In the meantime, catch new ones from The Powerpuff Girls, We Bare Bears, Teen Titans Go!, Mighty Magiswords, and Gumball. On Nick this week, catch the premiere of Kuu Kuu Harajuku with 5 new episodes. This is Realistic Fish Head saying, it’s time to see if you have hidden talent! 

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