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Here’s How Bad the Memorial Day Box Office Was

The holiday weekend's domestic ticket sales were the worst since 2001

Hollywood had a holiday weekend to forget this Memorial Day, thanks to a disappointing performance by Disney’s latest big release.

The Walt Disney Company’s Tomorrowland topped the weekend box-office in the U.S., but the movie fell short of expectations in what was the film industry’s lowest-grossing Memorial Day weekend since 2001. Hollywood pulled in roughly $190 million in domestic ticket sales over the weekend, according to Rentrak. That figure represents a 17% decline year-over-year, and it’s also down 39% from the weekend’s record, set two years ago.

Disney’s Tomorrowland set the tone for the disappointing weekend by topping the box-office with just $41.7 million in estimated box-office gross. Disney spent about $180 million to make Tomorrowland and the film was expected to make at least $50 million in its opening weekend. Mixed reviews and confusion over the premise of the film—the movie is based loosely on an area within Disneyland and the company’s marketing campaign was shrouded in mystery—likely contributed to the film’s lackluster ticket sales.

As The Wall Street Journal noted:

Particularly disappointing to [Disney] was that the PG-rated movie, directed by Brad Bird of The Incredibles and Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol fame and starring George Clooney,wasn’t a big draw with families. Only 30% of audiences Saturday were families, according to exit polls.

“When audiences are spending their hard earned cash on a blockbuster or tent-pole movie, they kind of want to know what they’re getting going in, for better or worse,” Rentrak’s senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian told U.S. News & World Report.

Despite the poor initial performance of Tomorrowland, though, Disney still leads all major studios when it comes to total domestic box-office gross in 2015, according to Box Office Mojo. Disney’s 2015 haul includes the year’s top-grossing film so far, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and the company is still banking on a few more big releases this summer, including the new animated Pixar film, Inside Out, which hits theaters next month.

Still, a poor showing over Memorial Day weekend likely has Hollywood studios hoping that 2015 won’t be a repeat of last year, when the typically high-grossing summer season disappointed with a 16% decline in seasonal ticket sales.

This article originally appeared on Fortune.com

TIME Books

Mindy Kaling Reveals Details of New Book With B.J. Novak

attends the Pixar: Inside Out Panel discussion during the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival on May 19, 2015 in Cannes, France.
Andreas Rentz—2015 Getty Images attends the Pixar: Inside Out Panel discussion during the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival on May 19, 2015 in Cannes, France.

According to Kaling it's "not a tell-all, sadly."

Mindy Kaling confirmed on Twitter that she and Office co-star B.J. Novak are working on a book, but warned that it will likely disappoint those looking for gossip.

The New York Daily News reported last week that Kaling and Novak were writing a book that would “likely to include juicy information about ‘The Office’ stars’ ‘complicated’ courtship.” However, according to Kaling, the text will likely be tamer — or at least not a “tell-all.”

Kaling also added that she isn’t intentionally being cryptic. The book is just still in early stages.

According to the Daily News, Kaling and Novak made a reported $7.5 million deal for the book. The two are scheduled to appear together at a BookCon Panel Saturday, and the Daily News reported that a title for their joint endeavor might be revealed there.

Kaling’s new book Why Not Me? is due out in September.

TIME Music

Hear Icona Pop’s Jazz-Inspired New Single “Emergency”

The Swedish duo taps into jazz-age vibes on their latest track

The crisis Icona Pop sings about in the duo’s new single is an emergency of the dance-related variety. When an ambulance is summoned, it seems to be for the express purpose of saving a victim who is lost in the music, perhaps too far gone for rescue.

The song moves with a sense of urgency, its cadence reminiscent of Pharrell’s “Come Get It Bae.” But it swaps out that track’s funky beat for a backbone of marching piano and trumpet solos worthy of the Gatsby era. Had it been released a couple of years earlier, it would have been a shoo-in for the soundtrack to Baz Luhrmann’s Great Gatsby adaptation.

Icona Pop’s “I Love It,” a collaboration with Charli XCX released in 2012, was a top-ten song of that summer. While “Emergency” doesn’t have quite the same undeniable song-of-summer quality as their breakout stateside hit, it may well be a close second.

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Tyler James Williams ‘Would Absolutely Love to’ Be the Next Spider-Man

The Walking Dead actor says he's read for Marvel in the past

After joining the cast of The Walking Dead, Tyler James Williams has his eye on another comic-book adaptation: Marvel’s upcoming reboot of Spider-Man.

“I’m open to the idea, I am,” he said in a recent interview. “I’m not like starting campaigns or anything for it because I trust Marvel. I’ve read for them before. I trust what their decisions will be. But yeah, I would love to do it. I would absolutely love to do it.”

Williams has long been a fan-favorite to play Miles Morales, a newer version of Spider-Man who is of black and Hispanic descent. “We’ll see what happens, which way Marvel decides to go with Spider-Man,” Williams said. “But I’d love to take a turn with somebody who is kind of ethnically ambiguous and just kind of turn it on its head. You know, force people to see them in a different light.”

While not a lot has been announced about the upcoming reboot, which will bring the web-slinging superhero into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel president Kevin Feige has said the movie will focus on Peter Parker, who will be back in high school.

This article originally appeared on EW.com.

TIME Comedy

Watch Vanessa Bayer Give Jenny Lewis Some Highly Suspect Advice

"Why won't you cheer up?"

Just what was Jenny Lewis up to in the six years between her 2008 solo album Acid Tongue and her most recent effort, The Voyager? Lewis has spoken in interviews about some of the emotional turmoil of those years, including the death of her father and severe struggles with insomnia. But in the most recent episode of the Above Average web series Sound Advice, which stars Saturday Night Live cast member Vanessa Bayer as a clueless media coach, Lewis offers an alternative explanation: “You have heard that weed is practically legal in California, right?”

Lewis, who is currently touring, ends up doling out more advice than she receives, but the two women touch on the ever-critical topics of gel manicures, the aftermath of Troop Beverly Hills and what it really means to be “just one of the guys.”

TIME Music

The Weeknd’s ‘I Can’t Feel My Face’ Is Your New Favorite Contender for Song of the Summer

Brent N. Clarke

But you love it

The Weeknd’s latest song will enter your brain and stay lodged there for the rest of the summer—possibly even the year.

“I Can’t Feel My Face” is deceivingly mellow at its outset, but by the time it gets to that infectious chorus—in which The Weeknd sings, “I can’t feel my face when I’m with you/ But I love it”—chair dancing is fated to turn into hand clapping, snapping and full on grooving.

Spin points out that the song is a collaboration between The Weeknd and pop maestro Max Martin (who executive-produced Taylor Swift’s 1989), and may be the lead single off of The Weeknd’s next album.

[Via Spin]

TIME Television

Jon Stewart Runs a Program That Helps Veterans Break Into the TV Industry

"Rosewater" New York Premiere
Desiree Navarro—WireImage Director/writer/producer Jon Stewart attends "Rosewater" New York Premiere at AMC Lincoln Square Theater on November 12, 2014 in New York City.

Stewart is also a vocal critic of the Iraq War

Jon Stewart is running a five-week industry training session for army veterans who want to get into the television business.

The New York Times reports that the longtime host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show has developed the program over the last three years, but refrained from publicizing it until now, as he prepares to leave his show. Stewart is also encouraging others in the industry to follow his lead.

Stewart’s program helps veterans get difficult-to-find jobs in the entertainment industry, including on his own comedy show. It’s an effort that might surprise some, given Stewart’s staunch opposition to the Iraq War. Yet the host also views the program as a smart business strategy.

“This is ready to franchise. Please steal our idea,” Stewart said in an interview at his Manhattan studio. “It isn’t charity. To be good in this business you have to bring in different voices from different places, and we have this wealth of experience that just wasn’t being tapped.”

Read more at the New York Times

TIME Internet

Emilio Estevez Live-Tweeted the Ducks Win Like Gordon Bombay

Mighty Ducks actor cheers (and quacks) for his old team

Actor Emilio Estevez seems to love the Ducks as much as ever, judging by his latest flurry of tweets during Game 5 between the Anaheim Ducks and the Chicago Blackhawks.

Estevez, who played the youth hockey coach Gordon Bombay in the The Mighty Ducks, let loose a few cheers and quacks as the game progressed Monday evening.

TIME Music

See Photos of Peggy Lee as a Rising Star in the 1940s

On what would have been the entertainer's 95th birthday, a look back at LIFE's photo essay of the "Busy Singer"

Norma Deloris Egstrom, born in Jamestown, N.D., on May 26, 1920, had a reason to leave her given name behind. After her mother’s death, when Egstrom was 4 years old, her alcoholic father and cruel stepmother made life at home difficult. When a local radio host suggested she go by Peggy Lee instead, the girl formerly known as Norma began a new and sunnier chapter.

LIFE profiled Lee in 1948, when she was 27 and already half a decade into her career as a singer. After two years singing with Benny Goodman’s band and a string of hits in the early 1940s, Lee released the song “Mañana” in January of 1948; it had sold more than a million copies by the time LIFE’s profile ran in March. She would go on to win three Grammys, an Oscar nomination and an induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, performing into the 1990s until failing health forced her to retire.

But the Lee who LIFE profiled was not just an incredibly successful singer. She was also a working mother: “Betweentimes Miss Lee sees as much as she possibly can of her 4-year-old daughter Nicki. When she cannot, Nicki plays herself to sleep with one of her mother’s records.”

Liz Ronk, who edited this gallery, is the Photo Editor for LIFE.com. Follow her on Twitter @lizabethronk.

TIME movies

Omar Sharif Suffering From Alzheimer’s Disease

Chain Of Hope Ball - Inside Arrivals
David M. Benett—Getty Images Omar Sharif attends the Chain of Hope Ball, raising funds for children suffering from heart disease, at The Grosvenor House Hotel on November 21, 2014 in London, England.

The film star is resting at his home in Egypt

The star who won accolades for his role in films including Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago, is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

Omar Sharif’s agent said Monday that the 83-year-old actor was resting at his home in Egypt, reports the Los Angeles Times.

The Egyptian-born Sharif began his career in the 1950s and claimed international fame for his role in Lawrence of Arabia in 1962, starring with Peter O’Toole and winning an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

He also played the lead role in Doctor Zhivago in 1965, and starred in Funny Girl with Barbara Streisand in 1968.

[LA Times]




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