Weekend Box Office Chart for January 22nd to January 24th

Revenant

Leo was good, but Hardy just killed it in Revenant. Well worth the snowy trip this weekend to see it!

1. The Revenant $16.0 Total: $119.1
2. Star Wars: The Force Awakens $14.2 Total: $879.2
3. Ride Along 2 $12.9 Total: $59.1
4. Dirty Grandpa $11.5 Total: $11.5
5. The Boy $11.2 Total: $11.2
6. The 5th Wave $10.7 Total: $10.7
7. 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi $9.7 Total: $33.4
8. Daddy’s Home $5.2 Total: $138.7
9. Norm of the North $4.1 Total: $14.2
10. The Big Short $3.5 Total: $56.7

Watch Now: Warcraft TV Spot

World of Warcraft Epic T Shirt
World of Warcraft Epic T Shirt

The peaceful realm of Azeroth stands on the brink of war as its civilization faces a fearsome race of invaders: Orc warriors fleeing their dying home to colonize another. As a portal opens to connect the two worlds, one army faces destruction and the other faces extinction. From opposing sides, two heroes are set on a collision course that will decide the fate of their family, their people and their home.

So begins Warcraft a spectacular saga of power and sacrifice in which war has many faces, and everyone fights for something.

Weekend Box Office Chart for January 8th to January 10th

Star Wars Force Awakens Foiled Kylo Youth T-Shirt
Star Wars Force Awakens Foiled Kylo Youth T-Shirt

Star Wars: The Force Awakens topped the the North American box office for the 4th straight weekend. Leonardo DiCaprio’s The Revenant took second against some very tough completion.

1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens $41.6 Total: $812.0
2. The Revenant $38.0 Total: $39.5
3. Daddy’s Home $15.0 Total: $116.3
4. The Forest $13.0 Total: $13.0
5. Sisters $7.1 Total: $74.8
6. The Hateful Eight $6.3 Total: $41.4
7. The Big Short $6.3 Total: $42.8
8. Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip $5.5 Total: $75.6
9. Joy $4.5 Total: $46.5
10. Concussion $3.0 Total: $30.9

George Lucas “I sold them [Star Wars] to the white slavers that take these things”

Star Wars Force Awakens Characters T-Shirt Sheer
Star Wars Force Awakens Characters T-Shirt Sheer

businessinsider has the full story:

When Disney bought Lucasfilm for $4 billion in 2012, it gave Disney ownership of the “Star Wars” franchise. At the time, Lucas had some ideas for how “Episode VII” could be told. But it seems once the papers were signed, Disney told Lucas to take a hike.

“They looked at the stories and they said, ‘We want to make something for the fans,'” Lucas said. “I said, ‘All I want to do is tell a story’… They decided they didn’t want to use those [my] stories, they decided they were going to do their own thing. They weren’t that keen to have me involved anyway — if I get in there, I’m just going to cause trouble, because they’re not going to do what I want them to do. And I don’t have the control to do that anymore. All I would do is muck everything up. And so I said, ‘OK, I will go my way, and I’ll let them go their way.'”

But it seems Lucas hasn’t been able to let go.

“It’s a very, very, very hard thing to do,” Lucas said about letting go of the franchise, as well as another Lucasfilm property that is now Disney’s, “Indiana Jones.” “You have to say, ‘I have to move on,’ and everything in your body says, ‘Don’t. You can’t.’ These are my kids.”

Rose then said, “Those were your kids … and you sold them.”

“I sold them to the white slavers that take these things and, and …” Lucas then stopped himself and laughed, probably realizing he was about to get himself into some hot water.

So it’s obvious that while “Star Wars” fans love “The Force Awakens” and it’s a box-office juggernaut, the “remakequel” style it’s in wouldn’t have been the path Lucas would have taken if he were still at the helm.

Weekend Box Office Chart for January 1st to January 3rd

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Huge upset this week! Star Wars beat the cash cow box office juggernaut Daddy’s Home, is what some version of me is saying in an alternate reality.

1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens $88.3 Total: $740.2
2. Daddy’s Home $29.0 Total: $93.6
3. The Hateful Eight $16.2 Total: $29.5
4. Sisters $12.5 Total: $61.7
5. Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip $11.8 Total: $67.3
6. Joy $10.4 Total: $38.7
7. The Big Short $9.0 Total: $32.9
8. Concussion $8.0 Total: $25.3
9. Point Break $6.8 Total: $22.4
10. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 $4.6 Total: $274.2

THE WINDS OF WINTER is not finished and everybody is Shocked!

Game of Thrones Westeros Map Wrap T-Shirt
Game of Thrones Westeros Map Wrap T-Shirt

George R.R. Martin posted this to his blog and nobody should be surprised. Really, I’m not even sure if he actually wrote anything yet.

Believe me, it gave me no pleasure to type those words. You’re disappointed, and you’re not alone. My editors and publishers are disappointed, HBO is disappointed, my agents and foreign publishers and translators are disappointed… but no one could possibly be more disappointed than me. For months now I have wanted nothing so much as to be able to say, “I have completed and delivered THE WINDS OF WINTER” on or before the last day of 2015.

But the book’s not done.

Nor is it likely to be finished tomorrow, or next week. Yes, there’s a lot written. Hundreds of pages. Dozens of chapters. (Those ‘no pages done’ reports were insane, the usual garbage internet journalism that I have learned to despise). But there’s also a lot still left to write. I am months away still… and that’s if the writing goes well. (Sometimes it does. Sometimes it doesn’t.) Chapters still to write, of course… but also rewriting. I always do a lot of rewriting, sometimes just polishing, sometimes pretty major restructures.