On This Day — February 23rd

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February 23rd is the 54th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 311 days remaining until the end of the year (312 in leap years). This date is slightly more likely to fall on a Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday (58 in 400 years each) than on Sunday or Monday (57), and slightly less likely to occur on a Wednesday or Friday (56).

Historical Events:

1455 – Traditional date for the publication of the Gutenberg Bible, the first Western book printed with movable type.

1836 – Texas Revolution: The Siege of the Alamo (prelude to the Battle of the Alamo) begins in San Antonio, Texas.

1941 – Plutonium is first produced and isolated by Dr. Glenn T. Seaborg.

1945 – World War II: During the Battle of Iwo Jima, a group of United States Marines and a U.S. Navy hospital corpsman reach the top of Mount Suribachi on the island and are photographed raising the American flag.

1954 – The first mass inoculation of children against polio with the Salk vaccine begins in Pittsburgh.

Celebrity Births:

The Young Victoria Actress Emily Blunt turns 35

Actor Aziz Ansari turns 35

Actress Dakota Fanning turns 24

Beauty and the Beast Actor Josh Gad turns 37

Singer-Songwriter Skylar Grey turns 32

25/04/2016 Box Office Round-Up

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What a bloody weekend a the box office. The Jungle Book was crowned king of the kingdom, The Huntsman fell on its axe and The Barbershop closed down to a decent amount of customers.

The Jungle Book

Budget: $175 M

Overall Box Office: $528.5 M

Domestic Box Office: $191 M

Weekend Box Office: $60.8 M

Our Prediction: $60 M

Comments: The Jungle Book did just as we expected this weekend and added a lovely $60 million to its domestic toll. A huge commercial and critical success that looks great for the flick’s director, Jon Favreau. It dominated at the box office and caused a lot of embarrassment for other flicks this weekend…

The Huntsman: Winter’s War

Budget: $115 M

Overall Box Office: $100.3 M

Domestic Box Office: $20.1 M

Weekend Box Office: $20.1 M

Our Prediction: $35 M

Comments: Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron are hiding their faces in shame after this lacklustre opening, although it looks particularly bad on Emily Blunt, who was the focal point of a lot of the marketing. Kristen Stewart is smiling somewhere, and Jessica Chastain is regretting her involvement. A woeful domestic opening that is so bad that isn’t saved by a good international debut. Theron, Blunt and Hemsworth were paid more together than the film actually reeled in domestically.

Barbershop: The Next Cut

Budget: $20 M

Overall Box Office: $36 M

Domestic Box Office: $36 M

Weekend Box Office: $10.8 M

Our Prediction: $12 M

Comments: A very decent weekend for Barbershop 3, but still not enough to make Barbershop 3 a success in any way, shape or form. Ice Cube will be picking a sequel to Lets Be Cops over Barbershop 4.

See you on Friday!