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  1. R.I.P. Soy Wars ‘Star Wars: Rise Of Skywalker’ Is The First $500 Million Disappointment Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker played like a conventional frontloaded blockbuster movie, as opposed to a Christmas biggie or even a recent Disney biggie in terms of legs and post-release reception. With $5.36 million (-36%) in its sixth weekend of domestic release, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has now passed the $500 million mark. Even in an ever-expanding global marketplace where The Rise of Skywalker became the 46th movie to pass $1 billion worldwide, there have been only 15 movies to pass $500 million in North America. And, yes, Star Wars IX is certainly the first movie to pass this benchmark and yet remain on the defensive in terms of expectations and receptions. It is currently the 15th-biggest domestic earner of all time, just below Beauty and the Beast ($504 million in 2017). In terms of inflation/tickets sold, it currently sits alongside Finding Dory ($486 million in 2016/$501 million adjusted) and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone ($317 million in 2001/$501 million adjusted). With a 2.82x weekend-to-cume multiplier (it debuted in mid-December with $177.363 million), The Rise of Skywalker is now leggier than The Last Jedi. Nonetheless, its post-debut legs fell well below the “normal for a big Christmas movie” likes of I Am Legend (3.2 x $77 million in 2007), Rogue One (3.4 x $155 million in 2016), The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (3.53 x $73 million in 2013), The Force Awakens (3.77 x $248 million in 2015) and Tron: Legacy (3.9 x $44 million in 2010). It also had the advantage, like Force Awakens, of having its opening weekend directly bleed into the two-week “everyone is out of school and off work” holiday break period. Although, to be fair, Force Awakens (like Avatar) had Christmas and New Year’s occurring on a Friday as opposed to a Wednesday. The film was firing on all cylinders for the first week, with a terrific $29 million first-Monday gross and a $32 million Christmas day haul. It didn’t really start to slow down until its second weekend, when it dropped 71% on Friday and 59% for the weekend despite being in full holiday break mode. Absent the first week (and, to a lesser extent, the second week) of holiday play, it would have possibly earned something closer to Captain America: Civil War ($408 million domestic from a $179 million debut in May of 2016). What’s disconcerting, aside from the whole “mediocre reviews and online handwringing over what could have been/should have been” variable, is that the film didn’t play like recent Disney releases. It didn’t stick around like Toy Story 4, Frozen II and even Christopher Robin. We all overreacted when Toy Story 4 opened with “just” $120 million, only to watch the well-liked and well-reviewed animated sequel leg out to $430 million domestic. Ditto Frozen II’s “fine, I guess” $41 million opening day which turned into a $130 million domestic debut and legged out to $470 million (and counting), making it the fifth-leggiest $100 million-plus opener behind Toy Story 3 ($415 million from a $110 million debut in 2010), Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($936 million/$248 million in 2015), Wonder Woman ($412.5 million/$103.5 million in 2017) and Shrek 2 ($441 million/$108 million Fri-Sun and $128 million Wed-Sun in 2004). Christopher Robin legged out to $99 million from a $25 million launch in August of 2018 despite mixed reviews. So when Rise of Skywalker opened with “only” $177 million, there was little reason for alarm. After all, the opening weekend was leading straight into the Christmas season, and even “for fans only” fantasy franchise flicks like The Hobbit pulled over/under 3.5x multipliers over the holiday break period. And with Wonder Woman 1984 and No Time to Die moving out of November 2019, Death on the Nile moving out of December of 2019 and Cats, Terminator: Dark Fate, Black Christmas and Spies in Disguise stumbling out of the gate, The Rise of Skywalker and Jumanji: The Next Level were essentially the only game in town for year-end four-quadrant biggies. So, yes, at least in terms of “Where does Star Wars go from here,” it does matter than the film more or less collapsed after Christmas and ended up earning less in North America than Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. That’s not quite “Man of Steel earns more than Justice League,” but it’s in the same ballpark. To be fair, some of this could just be the calendar. The Last Jedi struggled after its opening weekend, partially because the holiday break didn’t begin until its second Monday, only to rally during that two-week end-of-year period. Conversely, The Rise of Skywalker rallied in those first seven days but then peaked exceptionally early to end up with a slightly higher overall multiplier. And, sure, The Rise of Skywalker existing as the fifth Star Wars movie in five years may have made it less special, even with the whole “end of the Skywalker Saga” hook. Although the fact that (comparatively) so few people showed for Solo means that, to them, Rise of Skywalker was the first Star Wars flick in two years. Subjective qualms with the story choices aside, Rise of Skywalker suffered due to a lack of polish and narrative coherency (likely due to the rushed production and rewrites/reshoots related to that rush and due to the death of Carrie Fisher) and a lack of “gotta see it again” moments akin to the Throne Room fight in Last Jedi or the first Rey/Kylo smackdown in The Force Awakens. Unlike Force Awakens, Rogue One and Solo, it really looks like it went through production hell. Nonetheless, the first slate of Disney’s Star Wars movies still earned $5.9 billion worldwide and $2.8 billion in North America alone on a combined $1.25 billion budget. The end result for Rise of Skywalker is indeed a disappointment. But, as a whole, Disney and Lucasfilm’s Star Wars relaunch has been a commercial success.
  2. Huge win, no one should be immigrating here only to be a public charge. Get a fucking job or get out... and pay your taxes assholes. Supreme Court allows Trump’s immigration rule on public benefits to take effect WASHINGTON — A divided Supreme Court on Monday allowed the Trump administration to put in place a policy connecting the use of public benefits with whether immigrants could become permanent residents. The new policy can be used to deny green cards to immigrants over their use of public benefits including Medicaid, food stamps and housing vouchers, as well as other factors. The justices’ order came by a 5-4 vote and reversed a ruling from the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York that had kept in a place a nationwide hold on the policy following lawsuits that have been filed against it. The court’s four liberal justices, Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor, would have prevented the policy from taking effect. Federal appeals courts in San Francisco and Richmond, Va., had previously overturned trial court rulings against the policy. An injunction in Illinois remains in effect, but applies only to that state. The lawsuits will continue, but immigrants applying for permanent residency must now show they wouldn’t be public charges, or burdens to the country. The new policy significantly expands what factors would be considered to make that determination, and if it is decided that immigrants could become public charges at any point in the future, that legal residency could be denied. Roughly 544,000 people apply for green cards annually. According to the government, 382,000 are in categories that would make them subject to the new review. Immigrants make up a small portion of those getting public benefits, since many are ineligible to get them because of their immigration status. In a separate opinion, Justice Neil M. Gorsuch urged his colleagues to confront the “real problem” of so-called nationwide injunctions, orders issued by a single judge that apply everywhere. In this case, even though the administration won rulings in two different appellate courts covering 14 states, its policy could not take effect. “What in this gamesmanship and chaos can we be proud of?” Gorsuch wrote in an opinion joined by Justice Clarence Thomas.
  3. Did you pre-order it yet? This is an awesome viral campaign/advertisement for it. Help out the cause and line the warmonger's pockets!
  4. Well he'll get the free healthcare but pay a shit ton more in taxes and therefore have less money. Works out great.
  5. You're falling for it again, NY Times is already walking back their comments on it. In case you forgot. Adam had a bombshell Mueller had a bombshell Avanetti had a bombshell Comey had a bombshell Brennan had a bombshell Clapper had a bombshell and now Bolton has a bombshell during week of preorder of his book. Friday it will all be over
  6. LOL. Leaked right on cue and tomorrow there will be another salacious but not really verified revelation. It doesn't change the facts that: No quid pro quo in the transcript. Zelensky says he was not intimidated. No investigation was announced by Ukraine. Ukraine got the money.
  7. LOL. Leaked right on cue and tomorrow there will be another salacious but not really verified revelation. It doesn't change the facts that: No quid pro quo in the transcript. Zelensky says he was not intimidated. No investigation was announced by Ukraine. Ukraine got the money.
  8. LOL. Leaked right on cue and tomorrow there will be another salacious but not really verified revelation. It doesn't change the facts that: No quid pro quo in the transcript. Zelensky says he was not intimidated. No investigation was announced by Ukraine. Ukraine got the money.
  9. MoveOn calls on Sanders to renounce Joe Rogan endorsement Progressive group MoveOn called on Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) to renounce the presidential endorsement of popular podcaster and comedian Joe Rogan. The group, which endorsed Sanders in 2016 and is fueled by many of the same progressive activists who have backed the Vermont senator’s White House bid, called on Sanders to reject the endorsement over Rogan’s past discriminatory comments. “It's one thing for Joe Rogan to endorse a candidate. It's another for @BernieSanders’ campaign to produce a video bolstering the endorsement of someone known for promoting transphobia, homophobia, Islamophobia, racism and misogyny,” MoveOn tweeted Saturday. “We urge Sen. Sanders and his campaign to apologize and stop elevating this endorsement. We stand in solidarity with folks hurt by this.” We urge Sen. Sanders and his campaign to apologize and stop elevating this endorsement. We stand in solidarity with folks hurt by this. — MoveOn (@MoveOn) January 25, 2020 Sanders has received scrutiny for the endorsement after his campaign circulated a video touting Rogan’s support. “He’s basically been saying the same thing his whole life. And that in and of itself is very a powerful structure to operate from,” Rogan said in the clip. The comedian has come under fire for past comments insulting a range of groups, including the transgender community and African Americans. "We get out. We’re giggling, 'We’re going to go see "Planet of the Apes." We walk into 'Planet of the Apes.' We walked into Africa," Rogan said in a 2013 podcast clip that was resurfaced after his endorsement before clarifying that there were "no white people in the theater." The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) also called on Sanders to renounce Rogan’s endorsement, specifically citing Rogan’s past comments. “Bernie Sanders has run a campaign unabashedly supportive of the rights of LGBTQ people. Rogan, however, has attacked transgender people, gay men, women, people of color and countless marginalized groups at every opportunity,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “Given Rogan’s comments, it is disappointing that the Sanders campaign has accepted and promoted the endorsement.”
  10. Yeah but those aren't really Socialist countries, those are Capitalist countries with huge government subsidies and social programs that are now starting to fall under the weight of them. I always say here that Crony Capitalism is the issue and we need to end that to bring a truer system to the masses. Capitalism will not solve every problem that Socialism is SURE to NOT solve any problem.
  11. He's the textbook definition of a Champagne Socialist. Did you see some of those dumb stories he wrote decades ago? Here's a snippet: "A man goes home and masturbates his typical fantasy. A woman on her knees, a woman tied up, a woman abused. "A woman enjoys intercourse with her man — as she fantasizes being raped by 3 men simultaneously. "The man and woman get dressed up on Sunday — and go to Church, or maybe to their 'revolutionary' political meeting. "Have you ever looked at the Stag, Man, Hero, Tough magazines on the shelf of your local bookstore? Do you know why the newspaper with the articles like 'Girl 12 raped by 14 men' sell so well? To what in us are they appealing?"
  12. He's only running to declare himself a "political rival" and escape prosecution. It worked great for Hillary who is still free and running her mouth any chance she gets.
  13. Wow, what a dope. Yeah the lesson is that Democrats want everything cleared with them first before Trump makes a move which includes Executive Orders, military strikes, enforcing the nation's laws, and most of all his implementation of foreign policy. They would all love prior notice so they can alert their friends to what's happening so they can figure out new ways to subvert the President's authority. Of course, no Presidency has operated like this in the past but since a DC insider didn't get in this time let's start that policy now. My take is that the lesson he should learn is that firing everyone from the past administration is the way to go especially at the State Department and Intelligence Agencies. Senator Mike Braun (R-ID) said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press” he was hopeful impeachment will make President Donald Trump be more careful even if he is acquitted. Partial transcript as follows:
  14. I think it's from a lack of testosterone in males and should be cured by increasing testosterone shots. In females it's probably estrogen. The cure is not to give them the opposite hormone but the one they're deficient in. What's not mentioned is that a large number of those who have permanently transitioned regret the surgery.
  15. Seriously, how do many companies not realize the importance of this edge? As soon as you try to save money and move a factory to China it's all over. Your product which took many dollars and much time to research is then cloned and put on the market for less by a wholly Chinese owned company. IBM saw this folly many years ago and didn't make any products over there for a long time. It's as bad as when Britain gave up the textile industry in the late 1700s. Never export your technology anywhere else!
  16. That's horrible and only at 41 in an incident that could have been avoided. I'm not a basketball fan but rest in peace Kobe. One of the great ballers of our time!
  17. Kobe Bryant remembered as AFC beats NFC again in Pro Bowl ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- The Pro Bowl turned into a Kobe Bryant tribute. Green Bay's Za'Darius Smith, Tampa Bay's Shaq Barrett and Detroit's Darius Slay got together following a second-quarter sack and faked fadeaway jumpers in an homage to Bryant. Smith and several NFC teammates did it again following a fumble early in the third. Green Bay receiver Davonte Adams pointed to the sky and flashed the No. 24 on his fingers as an ode to Bryant's jersey after a touchdown catch in the third. Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson led a prayer with teammates before the game in the locker room. The NFL's annual all-star game also held a moment of silence for Bryant at the 2-minute warning in the first half, showing the retired NBA star's picture on the scoreboards while announcing his death at age 41. Several players removed their helmets during the break. Others took a knee and seemed to pray. Fans broke the silence by chanting ''Ko-be! Ko-be!'' Players checked cellphones for updates before and during the game, all of them looking for information and answers. Bryant died in a helicopter crash early Sunday near Calabasas, California, and the news put a damper on the NFL event held on the other side of the country. The AFC ended up beating the NFC 38-33 for a fourth consecutive victory in Orlando. The latest one might have been the last near Walt Disney World. The NFL is considering moving the game around, with new, multi-billion-dollar stadiums in Las Vegas and Los Angeles being viable options. The play of the day was Pittsburgh linebacker T.J. Watt's 82-yard fumble return in the fourth. Jacksonville defensive lineman Calais Campbell beat Dallas' Travis Frederick and sacked Kirk Cousins on a fourth-and-goal play from the 9. Campbell stripped the ball, which Watt scooped up and went untouched the other way to put the AFC ahead 38-27. The NFC had a chance to rally late and tried to take advantage of a new rule that allows the scoring team to retain possession by facing a fourth-and-15 play from its own 25-yard line. Cousins threw a deep ball that Baltimore safety Earl Thomas intercepted. Campbell was named the AFC's defensive player of the game. Baltimore's Lamar Jackson was the offensive MVP. AFC players earned $70,000 for winning the game. NFC players got $35,000 each. Jackson threw for 185 yards and two touchdowns. He also threw an interception. Houston's Deshaun Watson threw for 148 yards, with a touchdown and a pick. Tennessee's Ryan Tannehill hooked up with Jacksonville's DJ Chark for a 60-yard score in which officials opted not to rule him down after two defenders touched him. Wilson gave his NFC starting spot to New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees, who is contemplating retirement. Brees said this week he will take some time before deciding on his future. Cousins, Brees and Wilson threw TD passes for the NFC, which also allowed Ezekiel Elliott and Adams to attempt throws. Elliott's was picked off. Adams added two TD receptions. The NFC's top highlight was Philadelphia defensive tackle Fletcher Cox rumbling 61 yards for a score. Minnesota's Harrison Smith intercepted a pass from Watson at the 3-yard line and returned it to the 39 before lateraling to Cox, who took it the rest of the while. No one tried to tackle the 310-pound Cox. Denver receiver Courtland Sutton slapped at the ball for the final 20 yards.
  18. Uh, you do realize that your second sentence is exactly what happens under Socialism right? If you look at history it generally goes Socialism, Communism, and then Fascism. There is no different brand of Socialism that achieves some sort of Utopian paradise, society is stratified according to economic classes and abilities to perform always.
  19. "We must impeach Trump because he won in 2016, to protect our corrupt buddies no longer in office, and he's undoing our Globalist agenda!" - Every Democrat Hack in Front of a Microphone
  20. Actually Fox has some plants in there as well Shep Smith (gone), Napolitano, Geraldo Rivera, and Chris Wallace to name a few. The only ones worth a shit are Tucker, Ingraham, Bartiromo, Breams, and that Lisa Kennedy chick is kinda funny. Hannity is annoying and so was Bill O'Reilly when he was there.
  21. 1917 was great, I saw it last night. My only criticism is the last 5 minutes could have been better. Great cinematography and music lending to an eerie atmosphere throughout the entire film. I also like how they used mostly little known actors with the few famous ones only having a few minutes on screen.
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