How much money did Deadpool make? That much? Plus Writers Guild Award winners

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Yes, it was anecdotal evidence — but it proved to be on target. 
I went to see “Deadpool” at 11 a.m. Saturday at AMC-Loews at the Waterfront (I had missed the evening preview which Tony Norman ably covered for us). I bought a seat in the VIP section but was stunned when virtually all of the other VIP seats filled up with people who had legitimately paid the extra couple of dollars.
One woman still periodically checked her email on her smart phone but that’s a blog for another day. Nevertheless, the VIP seats almost never fill up this way. 
So when the predictions of a huge opening for the Ryan Reynolds movie kept creeping up through the weekend, I believed it. “Deadpool” opened with $135 million.
Here are the estimates from comScore: 
1. “Deadpool” — $135,000,000.
2. “Kung Fu Panda 3” — $19,650,000, bringing its North American gross to $93,912,387.
3. “How to Be Single” — $18,750,000.
4. “Zoolander 2” — $15,650,000.
5. “The Revenant” — $6,900,000, for $159,164,599 so far. 
6. “Hail, Caesar!” — $6,586,640, for $21,351,610.
7. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” — $6,194,000, for $914,838,964 to date. 
8. “The Choice” — $5,250,000, for $13,259,551. 
9. “Ride Along 2” — $4,131,490, for $82,662,725.
10. “The Boy” — $2,913,000, for $30,778,587.
“A remarkable, record-breaking President’s weekend with an estimated $241 million for all films in the marketplace for the F-S-S portion of the weekend (this beats 2015’s $214 million three-day portion) and an expected $275 million for the Friday through Monday holiday frame (beating last year’s $247 million for the four-days),” says Paul Dergarabedian, comScore senior media analyst. 
“Fox’s R-rated Marvel Superhero film ‘Deadpool’ shatters expectations as enthusiastic audiences propel the film to the biggest-ever February and R-rated debut with $135 million for the Friday, Saturday and Sunday portion of the President’s weekend,” he says. Once you add in Monday, which is a day off for many people, the total could be $150 million.
In other news, “Spotlight” and “The Big Short” were among the winners at the Writers Guild of America awards on Saturday night.
Original screenplay:  “Spotlight,” written by Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy.
Adapted screenplay:  “The Big Short” by Charles Randolph and Adam McKay, based on the book by Michael Lewis. 
Documentary screenplay:  “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief,” by Alex Gibney.
TV and new media drama series: “Mad Men,” by Lisa Albert, Semi Chellas, Jonathan Igla, Janet Leahy, Erin Levy, Tom Smuts, Robert Towne, Matthew Weiner and Carly Wray, AMC.
TV comedy series: “Veep,” Simon Blackwell, Jon Brown, Kevin Cecil, Roger Drew, Peter Fellows, Neil Gibbons, Rob Gibbons, Sean Gray, Callie Hersheway, Armando Iannucci, Sean Love, Ian Martin, Georgia Pritchett, David Quantick, Andy Riley, Tony Roche and Will Smith, HBO.
New series: “Mr. Robot,” Kyle Bradstreet, Kate Erickson, Sam Esmail, David Iserson, Randolph Leon, Adam Penn and Matt Pyken, USA.
Original long form: “Saints & Strangers,” Seth Fisher, Walon Green, Chip Johannessen and  Eric Overmyer, National Geographic Channel.
Adapted long form:  “Fargo,” Steve Blackman, Bob DeLaurentis, Noah Hawley, Ben Nedivi and Matt Wolpert, based on the film “Fargo,” FX. 
Original short form new media: “Back to Reality” (“Weight”), Daryn Strauss,
Adapted short form new media: “Chapter Two: Phoebe,” (“Heroes Reborn: Dark Matters”),  Zach Craley,
Animation:  “Housetrap” (“Bob’s Burgers”), Dan Fybel, Fox.
Episodic drama: “Uno” (“Better Call Saul”), Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, AMC.
Episodic comedy: “Sand Hill Shuffle” (“Silicon Valley”), Clay Tarver, HBO. 
Comedy/variety talk series: “Real Time With Bill Maher, “ Scott Carter, Adam Felber, Matt Gunn, Brian Jacobsmeyer, Jay Jaroch, Chris Kelly, Bill Maher, Billy Martin and Danny Vermont, HBO. 
Comedy/variety sketch series: “Inside Amy Schumer,” head writer Jessi Klein, writers  Hallie Cantor, Kim Caramele, Kyle Dunnigan, Jon Glaser, Kurt Metzger, Christine Nangle, Dan Powell, Tami Sagher and Amy Schumer, Comedy Central.
Comedy/variety specials: “Jimmy Kimmel Live: 10th Annual After the Oscars Special,”  Jack Allison, Tony Barbieri, Jonathan Bines, Joelle Boucai, Greg Dorris, Gary Greenberg, Josh Halloway, Sal Iacono, Eric Immerman, Jimmy Kimmel, Bess Kalb, Jeff Loveness, Molly McNearney, Danny Ricker, Joe Strazzullo and Bridger Winegar, ABC. 
Quiz and audience participation: “Hollywood Game Night,” head writer Grant Taylor, writers  Michael Agbabian, Alex Chauvin, Ann Slichter and Dwight D. Smith, NBC. 
Daytime drama: “General Hospital,” Ron Carlivati, Anna Theresa Cascio, Andrea Archer Compton, Suzanne Flynn, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Daniel James O’Connor, Elizabeth Page, Jean Passanante, Katherine Schock, Scott Sickles and Chris Van Etten, ABC. 
Children’s episodic:  “Gortimer, Ranger and Mel vs. The Endless Night” (“Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street”), Gretchen Enders and Aminta Goyel, Amazon Studios. 
Children’s long form:  “Descendants, “ Josann McGibbon and Sara Parriott, Disney Channel.
Documentary script, current events:  “American Terrorist” (“Frontline”), Thomas Jennings, PBS. 
Documentary script, other than current events: “The Great Math Mystery” (“Nova”), Daniel McCabe, PBS. 
TV news script — regularly scheduled, bulletin or breaking report: “Cuba” (“60 Minutes”), by Scott Pelley, Nicole Young, Oriana Zill de Granados, Andy Court and Robert Anderson, CBS News. 
TV news script — analysis, feature or commentary: “The Storm After the Storm” (“60 Minutes”), Sharyn Alfonsi, Michael Rey and Oriana Zill de Granados, CBS News. 
Radio documentary:  “Marking the End of Vietnam: 40 Years Later,” Andrew Evans, ABC News Radio.
Radio news script — regularly scheduled, bulletin or breaking report: “Remembering New York Icons,” Thomas A. Sabella, CBS Radio News. 
Radio news script — analysis, feature or commentary:  “Passages,” Gail Lee, CBS Radio News.
On-air promotion (TV, new media or radio): “The McCarthys and Under the Dome Promos,” Erial Tompkins, CBS. 
Outstanding achievement in videogame writing:  “Rise of the Tomb Raider,” lead narrative designer John Stafford; narrative designer Cameron Suey; lead writer Rhianna Pratchett; and additional writer Philip Gelatt, Microsoft. 


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Arquette, Common, Crowe, Jordan, Redmayne, Ridley among Oscar presenters

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Oscars producers David Hill and Reginald Hudlin announced today a third slate of presenters for the 88th Oscars telecast on Feb. 28 hosted by Chris Rock. 

The presenters, including several Oscar winners, are: 

Patricia Arquette

Abraham Attah

Cate Blanchett

Emily Blunt

Louis C.K.


Russell Crowe

Chris Evans

Jennifer Garner

Louis Gossett, Jr.

Michael B. Jordan

Rachel McAdams   

Dev Patel

Eddie Redmayne

Daisy Ridley

Sarah Silverman

Sofia Vergara



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Rated PG podcast: Deadpool and How to Be Single reviews

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Gaga, Leo, Sly, Brie, Rooney, Matt, others at Oscar luncheon

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The slight calm before the Oscar storm was Monday when nominees were invited to a luncheon Monday in Beverly Hills. It was a chance for odd couplings in photos and the sort of class photo common in elementary schools.

Among the guests:  Lady Gaga and The Weeknd; Leonardo DiCaprio and Sylvester Stallone; Brie Larson and Deniz Gamze Erguven; Rooney Mara and Jacqueline West; a slice of the group with Charlotte Rampling and Josh Singer behind Matthew Heinemann, Matt Damon, Bernhard Heinrich and Cameron Waldbauer; and the group shot where everyone is having a bit of fun by Image Group LA.


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Other photos by Richard Harbaugh, Phil McCarten, and Todd Wawrychuk, copyright A.M.P.A.S. 



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DGA, Annie and NAACP winners plus weekend box office

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For the second year in a row, Alejandro G. Inarritu won the top prize at the Directors Guild Awards Saturday night in Los Angeles. He picked up the honor for “The Revenant” this year and, in 2015, for “Birdman.” (Photo of Inarritu by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP.) 
Other winners: 
First-time feature:  Alex Garland, “Ex Machina.” 
Documentary:  Matthew Heineman, “Cartel Land.” 
TV and mini-series:  Dee Rees for “Bessie.” 
Dramatic series:  David Nutter, “Game of Thrones,” episode “Mother’s Mercy.” 
Comedy series:  Chris Addision, “Veep,” episode “Election Night.” 
Variety/talk/news/sports, regularly scheduled programming:  Dave Diomedi, “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” episode No.  325.” 
Variety/talk/news/sports, specials:  Don Roy King, “Saturday Night Live’s 40th Anniversary Special.” 
Reality programs:  Adam Vetri, “Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge, Gods of War.” 
Children’s programs:  Kenny Ortega, Disney Channel’s  “Descendants.” 
Commercials:  Andreas Nilsson of Biscuit Filmworks. 
Lifetime Achievement and Service Award Recipients:  Joe Pytka (who is from Braddock), Mary Rae Thewlis and Thomas McDermott
The Annie Awards, honoring the best in animation, also were held Saturday in Los Angeles.
“Inside Out” was the big winner of the night, taking 10 prizes including for best animated feature, director Pete Docter, writing (Docter, Meg LeFauve and Josh Cooley) and voice acting for Phyllis Smith, who played Sadness, Variety reports. 
Pixar also picked up an Annie for its second film of 2015, “The Good Dinosaur.” The award for achievement in animated effects in an animated production went to “Dinosaur’s” Jon Reisch and Stephen Marshall, giving Pixar a total of 11 awards for the night. Ale Abreu’s “Boy and the World” took home the first best animated feature — international award. 
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The NAACP Image Awards were Friday night. Here are the movie winners: 
Entertainer of the year:  Michael B. Jordan(Photo by Phil McCarten/Invision/AP)
Outstanding motion picture:  “Straight Outta Compton.” 
Actor in a motion picture: Michael B. Jordan, “Creed.”
Actress in a motion picture:  Sanaa Lathan, “The Perfect Guy.” 
Supporting actor in a motion picture:  O’Shea Jackson Jr., “Straight Outta Compton.” 
Supporting actress in a motion picture:  Phylicia Rashad, “Creed.” 
Independent motion picture:  “Beasts of No Nation.” 
Documentary:  “The Black Panthers:  Vanguard of the Revolution.”
Writing in a motion picture:  Ryan Coogler, Aaron Covington, “Creed.” 
Directing in a motion picture:  Ryan Coogler, “Creed.” 
At the weekend box office, “Kung Fu Panda 3” held onto the No. 1 spot at the box office, bringing in another $21 million for more than $69 million to date. “Hail, Caesar!” the Coen brothers’ comedy about Old Hollywood, was second. 
Here are the numbers from comScore (Rentrak merged with comScore which is why the source looks different):
1. “Kung Fu Panda 3” — $21,000,000, for $69,050,957 to date. 
2. “Hail, Caesar!” — $11,439,000.
3. “The Revenant” — $7,100,000, bringing its North American gross to $149,703,403.
4. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” — $6,890,000, for $905,961,000 to date. 
5. “The Choice” — $6,085,000.
6. “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” — $5,200,000.
7. “The Finest Hours” — $4,715,000, or $18,381,000 since release. 
8. “Ride Along 2” — $4,517,760, or $77,204,590.
9. “The Boy” — $4,098,000, or $26,895,684.
10. “Dirty Grandpa” — $4,050,000, or $29,389,753.
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” crossed the $900 million mark at the domestic box office, its 50th day of release,” comScore media analyst Paul Dergarabedian reports.
“It is the only film in history to reach this milestone.  In addition, this weekend on Saturday (53rd day of release), ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ became only the third film ever to reach the $2 billion mark globally, and the second to do so in its original release.” 
On the horizon is a big box office weekend with Fox’s much-anticipated “Deadpool,” Paramount’s “Zoolander 2” and Warner Bros.’ “How to Be Single.”


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