Is it too soon to call Solo: A Self Destructing Story a bomb or is it merely a flop? We won’t know for sure until later this afternoon when the weekend box office estimates come in, but right now it looks pretty grim when the Friday box office estimates are taken into account.
If I’m math-ing it right, that’s a 77% drop from Friday the 25th (which I believe also takes the Thursday opening into account). If you count Thursday, May 31st, it’s a 65% drop from week-to-week. For comparison’s sake, Rogue One had over a 70% drop from it’s first Friday to its second one, but this was during the Christmas season and Rogue One also brought in $155 million in its opening weekend versus Solo’s $84 million.
All told, Rogue One‘s box office dropped by 58% from its first to second weekend while The Force Awakens only dropped 40% and Last Jedi went down by 67%. Based on that, I’d call Solo a “bomb” if it drops 70% or more this weekend. It’s definitely already a flop.
Update: The verdict is in: Solo is a bad flop with a 65% drop in its second weekend.
Who’s to blame for this? Why, white males, of course. We’re responsible for everything, don’chano. World Class Bullshitters offered a fantastic rebuttal to this stupid assertion.
Unlike Lucasfilm, I’d like to leave politics out of everything right now. We have some good active TDS and ODS discussions on other threads so I’m thinking of focusing on some other interesting stories this week. Don’t let that stop you from discussing politics in the thread though.
As if every aspect of the JonBenet murder case isn’t strange enough, the forensic psychologist who worked on it and other famous cases was murdered.
Witnesses told police they heard an argument between two people outside the office following by gunfire, according to Phoenix ABC affiliate KNXV. Police said it is unknown whether the shooting is connected to Pitt’s work.
Police described the suspected shooter as a bald Caucasian man wearing a dark hat with a short brim.
Google is back to trying not to be evil.
Citing bad publicity and internal dissent, Google announces it won’t renew contract to supply AI for US military drones
I have mixed emotions on this one. Sure, Google’s engineers are following a moral code about how their work should be used and that’s fine. However, it’s disappointing that they’re far less enthusiastic about fighting the US’s foreign enemies than they are censoring American conservatives, manipulating information to affect political attitudes, and helping Deep State spy on us.
Google is only selectively evil, I suppose. But they still manage to do more good with their tremendous wealth and influence than Joel Osteen.
According to the article, here’s a rough breakdown of how Lakewood Church uses that 90 million dollar budget:
- Weekly services and programs: $31.7 million
- Night of Hope events: $6.7 million
- TV ministry: $25.1 million
- General and administrative: $11.5 million
- Fundraising: $11.9 million
- Mission and outreach: $1.2 million
There are two related things that I find sad, albeit not surprising, about how Osteen and company spend their many millions. Most of that big pile of money is spent on furthering Osteen’s brand while a tiny fraction of it is spent on evangelizing the lost. And by a tiny fraction, I mean just a bit over 1 percent.
It’s not like there isn’t any poverty to fight with all that money. Much of it growing in the same suburban communities whose residents are more likely to attend megachurches.
Why is poverty rising faster in suburbs than in cities? There are many reasons. Population growth in suburbs plays a part – the U.S. has become a suburban nation. However, that’s not the most important factor. My research finds that suburban poverty is growing three times faster than population size in suburban communities across the country.
No matter how much your neighborhood sucks, at least you probably don’t have the Crack of Doom in your backyard.
Kilauea has shocked the world with streams of lava swallowing houses and giant fissures opening up across Hawaii.
The latest aerial drone footage of the volcano has revealed dramatic changes within the volcano spotted at one of Kilauea’s main craters
There are new alarming cracks and fault seen in a collapsed crater, some of which are spewing with intense steam.
Scientists are concerned that an “expanding collapsed crater” and the debris blocking the vent could trigger a massive explosion.
Speaking of long dormant forces suddenly re-emerging, Illinois has voted to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment.
Illinois lawmakers have voted to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, affirming women's rights under the U.S. Constitution.
Some say the votes are merely symbolic — but the ERA's backers disagree.https://t.co/1ailWv86y7
— NPR (@NPR) May 31, 2018
This prompts some interesting constitutional questions. The time limit for passing the ERA has long, long expired. Back to the time all the great movies that today’s creatively bankrupt Hollywood keeps remaking were first coming out. But does that matter? If the required number of states ratify the amendment, doesn’t that mean that the will of the people has been demonstrated and the amendment should be added?
Well, not so fast. Several states later rescinded their ratifications of the ERA. So they don’t count. I think.
From my viewpoint, the ERA is unnecessary since discrimination on the basis of sex (but not gender, as the amendment is written) is already enshrined in federal and most state laws. It would be hilarious to see it get ratified so that the lawsuits from men alleging sexual discrimination against them in family court and other realms where women get preferential treatment can commence. I also would like to see the reaction from the young women who get told that they now have to sign up for Selective Service in case we need to draft women to fight off 600 million screaming red Chinamen.
Of course, the griping from the transgender community over the amendment’s clear wording about “sex” instead of gender would be great.
Keep an eye on this one. Should just one more state vote to ratify, proponents are sure to declare victory. It’ll be back. If it does become law, then I recommend that the jungle be outlawed for unfairly oppressing women through snakes, spiders, and dirty water.
I noticed that the “Donate to Women” phone number is a Kansas City area code. I don’t know who runs it, but wouldn’t recommend calling it. People are ornery around here.
Today, my favorite local restaurant is closing. It’s sad, but all of the non-corporate, family-owned establishments have been going under in the last few years. There aren’t any left in my town that have the sort of breakfast and lunch cuisine that I enjoy anymore. I’ll eat Banquet tv dinners before I eat at an Applebee’s, Glob damn it.
That’s all for now. What else is there?