After the coffee. Before getting my Ravens Super Bowl bets in.
The Skinny: On Wednesday night, I priced a Saturday flight on Virgin America from D.C. back to L.A. It was $549. On Thursday night, when I went to buy, the price jumped to $610. The flight was empty. Should I have gambled that come Saturday morning the price would drop? Chew on that while looking at today's stories, which include a preview of the weekend box office.
Daily Dose: The number for CBS to beat is 111.3 million. That's how many people watched NBC's broadcast of last year's Super Bowl between the New York Giants and New England Patriots. Of course, that game went down to the final minutes and featured two big-city teams. Still, some cold weather on the East Coast (as I write this, it is snowing in Washington) and nonstop promotion from CBS could push the numbers past last year's record.
Pass the pizza. With the Super Bowl being played Sunday, Hollywood is anticipating a slow weekend at the box office. I'm not sure why, because the game isn't until Sunday evening, but who am I to question the geniuses that every week seem to miss with their predictions. The only new movies opening are "Warm Bodies," a romantic comedy for teen girls and zombie fans, and Sylvester Stallone's "Bullet to the Head." Wonder what that one's about. It's so hard to tell from that vague title. Weekend box office previews from the Los Angeles Times and Variety.