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Just how much money did Avengers: Age of Ultron make?

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .

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“Avengers: Age of Ultron” scored the second biggest opening weekend in North America – ever. It grossed more than $187 million, according to Rentrak.

Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for Rentrak, says that gives Marvel the top three spots for all-time North American openers. “Marvel’s The Avengers” still holds the record with $207.4 million, “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is second and “Iron Man 3” third with $174.1 million. This is why they make movies based on comic book characters.

“This is an astonishing feat considering the level of competition this weekend from the world of sports with the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight, the Kentucky Derby and the NBA playoffs,” he said. “Avengers: Age of Ultron” has chalked up $627 million globally; it opened overseas before debuting in the States.

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Here are the early weekend estimates:

“Avengers: Age of Ultron” -- $187,656,000.

“The Age of Adaline” -- $6,250,000, for $23,424,118 since release.

“Furious 7” -- $6,114,250, or $330,538,605 to date.

“Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2” -- $5,550,000, for $51,186,396.

“Home” -- $3,300,000, or $158,132,277.

“Cinderella” -- $2,357,000, for $193,651,000.

“Ex Machina” -- $2,230,576, or $10,868,213 so far.

“Unfriended” -- $1,987,795, bumping its gross to $28,531,460.

“The Longest Ride” -- $1,700,000, or $33,240,443 to date.

“Woman in Gold” -- $1,681,000, for $24,588,473. 

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Empty Netter Assists - Penguins heading to Johnstown - 05-03-15

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

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-The Penguins will play a preseason game against the Lightning this upcoming fall in Johnstown after the city was named "Hockeyville, USA" by Kraft foods. The Cambria County War Memorial will receive $150,000 in arena upgrades.

-The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins will face the Manchester Monarchs in an Eastern Conference semifinal series in the Calder Cup playoffs. The semifinal schedule:

Game 1 – Wednesday, May 6 – Wilkes-Barre/Scranton at Manchester, 7 p.m.
Game 2 – Thursday, May 7 – Wilkes-Barre/Scranton at Manchester, 7 p.m.
Game 3 – Saturday, May 9 – Manchester at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, 7 p.m.
Game 4 – Monday, May 11 – Manchester at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, 7 p.m.
*-Game 5 – Tuesday, May 12 – Manchester at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, 7 p.m.
*-Game 6 – Friday, May 15 – Wilkes-Barre/Scranton at Manchester, 7 p.m.
*-Game 7 – Saturday, May 16 – Wilkes-Barre/Scranton at Manchester, 7 p.m.

*-If necessary.

-Is this the Penguins' best chance to claim the franchise's first Calder Cup championship?

-After the Jump: The Rangers tie things up with the Capitals.

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Bernie and Goliath

Written by Rob Rogers on .

Senator Bernie Sanders, a progressive democrat from Vermont, is jumping into the presidential race against Hillary. He has little or no chance of winning, but I love his politics and he'll be a breath of fresh air in a campaign dominated by big money and wealthy corporate donors. 

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Gerod Holliman scouting report

Written by Dan Gigler on .

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The Steelers finish out their 2015 class and defensive overhaul with one of the most Jekyll-and-Hyde players on the entire board – All-American Louisville safety Gerod Holliman, who won the Jim Thorpe Award in 2014 as the nation’s top defensive back after leading the NCAA with 14 interceptions.

So why did he go near the end of the 7th round? Heavy skepticism is being raised for his inexperience and other aspects of his play, including being contact averse.

Here’s the skinny on the redshirt sophomore Holliman (he’s only 20!), who started only one year and left school early despite advice to the contrary to help his struggling family back in Miami:

NFL.com:

The theme with the Steelers' defensive back picks in this draft is instincts and ball skills. Holliman has plenty of both. Those are likely the two main reasons Pittsburgh took a chance on him late as he has considerable work to do as a tackler. --Mark Dulgerian

BOTTOM LINE

One-year starter at free safety, posting outrageous ball-production numbers. A feast or famine free safety whose lack of field discipline and willingness to tackle will be more heavily exploited in the NFL. Rumors of his lack of football character combined with absolutely terrible tape when it comes to tackling could sabotage his draft stock despite his enormous ball skills.

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Most expected that the Louisville Cardinals would struggle replacing 2014 first-round pick Calvin Pryor at safety. Instead, Holliman exploded for an FBS-leading 14 interceptions, tying an NCAA record set 46 years ago and taking home the Thorpe Award as the nation's top defensive over the likes of Alabama's Landon Collins and Oregon's Ifo Ekpre-Olomu.

While Holliman's ball-hawking redshirt junior campaign deserves acknowledgment, it doesn't necessarily make him a highly regarded NFL prospect. Holliman possesses awareness, agility and hands - traits that certainly project well at safety in today's pass-happy NFL. He also sports a relatively slight frame, however, and shows questionable angles and technique as a tackler.

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Back in March, Robert Klemko of Sports Illustrated’s MMQB team took an in-depth look at Holliman to see if he lived up to the stats: 

"How does one get 14 picks in a season, a mark that tied the Division I single-season record? Bad quarterbacking, surely. And tipped balls, right?

"Wrong. Only two of the free safety’s interceptions were off redirected passes. And he had his best performances in tight games against conference foes, including a two-interception showcase against Florida State and presumed No. 1 overall pick Jameis Winston. (Louisville led that game in the fourth quarter before Winston brought the Noles back for a 42-31 victory.)

" ... To get 14 interceptions in 13 games in college football, you have to be seriously lucky or seriously intelligent. Holliman is one of only 10 FBS players with 10 or more interceptions in a season over the last 20 years. That list also includes Sean Taylor, Jim Leonhard and Rahim Moore."

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PRO COMPARISON: Devin McCourty, New England Patriots

Holliman isn't as explosive athletically as McCourty, but they're similar in size, ball-hawking ability and the center fielder position they both excel at.

“A helluva a lot of value” Also, they quote both Drake and Wiz Khalifa in the accompanying video.

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Anthony Chickillo scouting report

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With their 6th round compensatory pick, the Steelers took a flier on a former high school phenom who never quite clicked in college, perhaps because he was misused.

Here’s the skinny on Anthony Chickillo, the first third-generation student athlete at The U:

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A player who has 5-technique written all over him, Chickillo is an excellent fit for the Steelers' 3-4 defense. He is athletic enough to stand up off the edge as well. His versatility will be an asset to a rebuilding defense. This is a great value pick and scheme fit. 

BOTTOM LINE

Technically sound player who lacks the desired burst and pass-rush skills to be a full-time defensive end and needs more bulk to play inside. Chickillo could use more length, but with his arm extension and strength at the point of attack, he could find his way as a backup strong-side defensive end in a 4-3.

Bleacher Report

A former prep star, Anthony Chickillo started to scratch the surface after his final game at Miami and dominated Shrine Game practices. It's easy to look at him and see a player used poorly by coaches and fall in love with his athleticism. He has good length, great power off the snap and enough motor to beat blockers around the edge or off their inside shoulder. He's a big blank canvas of potential.

SB Nation: 

Chickillo is a versatile lineman who can play multiple spots on the line, but scouts have had issues labeling him and it could wind up being a curse rather than a blessing. He'll need to add weight and get some coaching, but Chickillo is a reliable player with a high ceiling.

At the NFL Scouting Combine in February, he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.79 seconds and was among the top performers at his position in the three-cone drill (7.17 seconds) and the 20-yard shuttle (4.25 seconds). He also put up 27 reps on the bench press, posted a vertical leap of 34.5 inches and a broad jump of 114 inches.

SB Nation also had a pretty detailed Senior Bowl piece about him and compares him to … Brett Keisel.

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Chickillo arrived in Coral Gables with considerable hype and played well as a true freshman, but his play leveled off and he might have peaked early in regards to his development (his senior tape looked too similar to his freshman tape). He does a nice job attacking gaps and giving blockers all they can handle, but he struggles to put consistent pressure on the pocket and shows too much wasted motion at the line. Chickillo doesn't have difference-maker potential as a pass rusher, but he's stout, reliable and leaves everything on the field, projecting as a rotational left end in a 4-3 front.

Feature story about him and his father and grandfather, who all played at Miami: 

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