February 18, 2011 |
On what is traditionally the first big box-office weekend of the year, Hollywood may still be playing in a minor key. With most people off work or school Monday, Presidents Day weekend is usually prosperous for the film studios. This one will probably fall short, however, continuing a box-office slide: So far, 2011 receipts are down 24% from a year earlier. The young adult action-adventure "I Am Number Four" should top the box office, but people who have seen pre-release audience surveys said it would probably take in close to $25 million in ticket sales in its first four days.
February 17, 1992 |
WHISTLE STOP: From President Benjamin Harrison in 1891 to George Bush 100 years later, Orange County has welcomed 14 current and former chief executives. . . . Historian Jim Sleeper says Harrison showed up 15 years after leaving office and was welcomed with a reception at the Santa Fe Depot in Santa Ana. . . . Warren G. Harding, above, was a frequent visitor; his sister lived in Santa Ana and he was a member of the Newport Yacht Club.
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February 7, 2000 |
Children from Glendale, Calabasas, Van Nuys and Westlake Village will be among the 4,800 Southern California students expected to participate this week in a Presidents Day celebration. The event at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills will feature actors portraying Abraham Lincoln, George Washington and Betsy Ross and will include presentations on the Civil War, the American Revolution and the history of the American flag.
February 23, 2000 |
Fueled by five films grossing more than $10 million each, the long Presidents Day holiday weekend proved one of the strongest in Hollywood history. The top 12 films grossed more than $112 million, an 18% gain on the same holiday weekend last year when the total was $95.1 million. The best Presidents Day holiday in terms of box office remains 1998, when "The Wedding Singer" and "Titanic" helped pull in $114.6 million for the top dozen pictures.
February 2, 1989 |
Those of you who plan to fly away for Presidents' Day weekend would do well to shop for airlines and airports. The thrifty traveler can save, depending on the destination, airport and whether the flight carries any restrictions. The following chart shows round trip air fares to Denver, Jackson Hole, Lake Tahoe, Salt Lake City and San Francisco from John Wayne, Los Angeles International, Long Beach, San Diego and Ontario airports. The fares are for departure on Saturday, Feb.
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February 9, 2003
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library will present storytelling programs at 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 17, Presidents Day. The library is at 40 Presidential Drive near Simi Valley. Admission is $5 general, $3 over age 62; 15 and under free. For more information, call 658-6697.
February 21, 1989 |
George Washington's birthday provided people on opposite sides of the nation a good reason for a party. Residents of George, Wash., a Columbia River Valley farming community, celebrated Presidents' Day by eating a 190-pound cake decorated with the face of their town's namesake. The birthday party has been a tradition for more than 30 years in the town of about 250. Meanwhile, in New York, the countdown to the 200th anniversary of Washington's inauguration in that city as the first U.S.
February 16, 2010 |
It was a great weekend for low-budget love and not so great for big-budget scares. Romantic comedy "Valentine's Day" dominated the box office with a record-setting $66.9 million take over the long Presidents Day weekend, according to an estimate from distributor Warner Bros., while big-budget horror remake "The Wolfman" generated a so-so $36.5 million. "Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief," based on the popular kids' book series, opened to a fairly good $38.8 million in the U.S. and Canada.
February 19, 2000 |
Monday is a holiday: Presidents Day, right? Not in the future, though, if Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett has his way. The Maryland Republican has introduced a bill that would require federal agencies to refer to the third Monday in February as George Washington's Birthday. At one time, of course, the nation observed the first president's birthday on Feb. 22, which is Washington's actual birthday. (Oh, all right. He was born Feb. 11, 1731. But that was when the Julian calendar was in use.
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February 20, 1996 |
The first wave of a powerful winter storm slammed into Ventura County on Monday, dropping more than an inch of rain in some areas, sending Presidents Day revelers scurrying for cover and providing a preview of what forecasters promise will be a wet week for county residents. The large storm system, moving in from the northeast Pacific, began squeezing moisture onto the west county Monday morning, and was showering Simi Valley and Thousand Oaks by midafternoon.