Bruce Springsteen concert tickets at rock-bottom prices?
– Boston Globe
“It’s a good thing Bruce Springsteen didn’t schedule a second concert at Gillette Stadium next month because the Boss is having a hard time filling seats for one show.
Judging from Ticketmaster’s website, there are loads of tickets left for Springsteen’s concert in Foxborough on Sept. 14. It’s the singer’s final show on a lengthy North American tour celebrating his landmark 1980 album, “The River.” (Springsteen played to excellent reviews at TD Garden in February.)
Although tickets for this last run of shows have averaged a hefty $228, there are plenty of tickets priced as low as $25 for the Gillette concert.”
….Continue reading @ Boston Globe
Target is discounting everything to win shoppers back amid boycott
– Business Insider
“Target is launching a first-of-its-kind one-day sale to try and boost back-to-school shopper traffic amid a boycott over its bathroom policy.
The retailer is offering a 10% discount on everything in its stores and online on Sunday. Target is calling the event #TargetRunDay.
It marks the first time Target has ever offered a 10% discount both in stores and on its website.
The sale comes after Target last week reported its first quarterly traffic decline in more than two years.”
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Box Office Analysts: George Clooney Headed for Another Flop with ‘Money Monster’
“George Clooney is headed for another flop with his latest film, the Jodie Foster-directed financial thriller Money Monster, box office analysts predict.
Money Monster — which stars Clooney as a Jim Cramer-style TV finance guru who is taken hostage on air by a disgruntled viewer — is projected to open in the low-teen million range this weekend, according to tracking estimates in the Hollywood Reporter.
The studio behind the film, Sony/Tristar, projects an even softer opening, at $10 million.
If those estimates hold, it would be a disappointing opening for the star-studded film, which reportedly carried a production budget of $27 million and will open on roughly 3,000 screens.
The film — which reunites Clooney and actress Julia Roberts for the first time since 2004’s Ocean’s Twelve — was set to premiere Thursday night at the Cannes Film Festival in France.
Industry tracking suggests the film will ultimately open in the $12.5 million range, Deadline reported earlier this week.
Money Monster faces stiff competition from the second weekend of Captain America: Civil War, which raked in a staggering $179.1 million in its first weekend of release. The Marvel superhero juggernaut is expected to take in an additional $75 million in its second frame.
Money Monster is just the latest misfire for Clooney, whose Coen Brothers-directed filmHail, Casesar! cratered with an $11.4 million opening weekend in February on its way to a tepid total domestic take of $30 million.
But Hail, Caesar! was more of an ensemble film and was only budgeted at a reported $22 million. The failure of that film was nothing compared to that of Tomorrowland, the $300 million-plus Brad Bird-directed Disney climate change drama that brought in an anemic $41 million from nearly 4,000 theaters over Memorial Day weekend last year. That flop led Disney to take a more than $100 million write-down on the film.”
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‘Star Trek’ & ‘Ghostbusters’: Social Justice Flops at the Box Office
“The ploy only got the studios so far. Despite the fact that both “Star Trek Beyond” and “Ghostbusters” (2016) are far from good movies, by positioning both titles on left-wing soap boxes, the lapdog critics swooned, and to their great shame awarded the disappointing former an 83% fresh rating and the outright awful latter a 73% fresh rating.
In this age of the Internet, good reviews matter, no question. People check the Tomatometer and make a decision based on that. But it only matters for about 24 hours. Thanks to social media, after the public has had a look-see, the critics’ con game unravels, and the Great Unwashed stay away in droves.
When the critical community is made up primarily of left-wingers, turning the iconic “Ghostbusters” into a feminist lecture with a side order of The Government Is Good, will of course result in good reviews, even for an objectively unfunny disaster. The same can be said for “Star Trek,” which dumped all over the sacred original by turning Hikaru Sulu into a homosexual, even over the protestations of his co-creator (with George Rodenberry) George Takei, who himself is a gay man and left-wing gay-rights activist.
Social Justice do-overs might make critics swoon and sell their souls, but in the balmy days of summer when everyday Americans just want to violate their diet and enjoy a mind-escape in a dark, air-conditioned cave, this nonsense just isn’t going to fly — especially during a month where real lifeis real enough.
How bad of a gambit was this?
“Ghostbusters” is shaping up to be an outright catastrophe. With a $144 million production budget, another $80 to $100 million for publicity, and theatres taking 50%, a $450 million to $500 million worldwide gross is necessary just for Sony to break even. Three weekends ago this dud opened throughout North America on thousands of screens and in a number of foreign countries. Worldwide gross thus far? A measly $160 million.
The damage, however, goes way beyond a one-off. “Ghostbusters” was meant to launch a Marvel-style universe for Sony, a money-printing machine that would pound out the Benjamins for a decade. That will only happen now if there is yet another reboot à la Sony’s dying Spider-Man and long-dead “Dragon Tattoo” franchises.
Though still bad, the news is not anywhere near as bad for Paramount’s “Star Trek Beyond.” Domestically, after two weekends, the threequel has grossed an anemic $109 million and is pacing more than $40 million behind its predecessors. With a whopping $185 million budget, this is another tentpole that will have to earn at least a half-billion worldwide just to break even. Worldwide gross thus far is just $166 million. Unlike “Ghostbusters,” though, “Beyond” will open in China.”
….More @ Daily Wire
Clinton on ‘Kimmel’ beaten in ratings by 10 year old ‘Friends’ reruns
– The Hill