December 31, 2012 |
Batman, James Bond, teenage vampires and a team of superheroes helped propel domestic movie ticket sales in 2012 to a projected all-time high of $10.8 billion, reversing a slump that saw attendance drop to a 16-year low last year. Box-office receipts are likely to be up 6% compared with last year, as is attendance, which is on track to hit 1.36 billion, according to Hollywood.com. That's much-needed good news for the film business, though this year's attendance figure is far from record-breaking - in 2002, 1.6 billion showed up at the box office.
December 10, 2012 |
Three women who dined at Chilly D's Sports Lounge in Stockton, Calif., received a bill identifying them as "fat girls," and a server at the restaurant located inside the Cameo Club Casino has been suspended, says Fox News. The women had dinner at Chilly D's last week and were shocked to see that "fat girls" had been typed in on the receipt by a restaurant staffer, according to the report. "I got the bill, and I was like, 'Why does the receipt say fat girls?'" said one of the diners, Christina Duran.
November 24, 2012 |
Opening their doors earlier than ever for Black Friday paid off for retailers as shoppers mobbed malls thick with sales across the Southland, snapping up electronics, toys and other deals. Hundreds of bargain hunters surged toward the Glendale Galleria before midnight, some banging on one entrance and shouting to be let in. At the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, shoppers rushing into Urban Outfitters shattered a glass door. Mall traffic was a nightmare throughout Southern California.
October 14, 2012 |
Liam Neeson wouldn't let anyone take No. 1 from him at the box office this past weekend in the U.S. or overseas. "Taken 2," the kidnapping thriller starring the 60-year-old actor, dominated international ticket sales, raking in $41 million from 59 foreign markets. Overall, the movie has sold $132.8-million worth of receipts abroad - already far more than the $81.8 million the original "Taken" collected internationally in 2009. The movie, which sees Neeson's former CIA operative taken captive, is performing best in the United Kingdom, where it has grossed $23.4 million.
July 30, 2012 |
"The Dark Knight Rises" may have soared to the top of the box office for the second consecutive weekend, but the Batman film is still falling behind its predecessor. The final installment in Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy saw its ticket sales tumble 60% to $64.1 million during its second weekend in theaters, according to an estimate Sunday from distributorWarner Bros. The film has now collected $289.1 million in the United States and Canada - roughly $25 million less than "The Dark Knight" made during the same time period in 2008 despite lower ticket prices.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 3, 2012 |
Hoping to lure car dealerships back to Los Angeles, the City Council voted Tuesday to eliminate the business tax for new auto dealers. Dealerships are sought after by cities because they generate substantial sales tax revenue. But officials say nearly 100 dealerships have left L.A. over the last 25 years, with some businesses migrating to nearby cities such as Glendale, which exempts them from the gross-receipts tax. "For too long, Los Angeles' business tax has driven auto dealers outside the city limits," Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said in a statement released after the 12-0 council vote.