Early Thursday estimates show Unbrokengrossing in the mid- to low-teens for the day from 3,131 theaters. That’s ahead of expectations, and marks a victory for Jolie’s career as a director.
Unbroken, based on Laura Hillenbrand‘s bestselling biography, stars Jack O’Connell as World War II hero Louis Zamperini. The Universal film follows Zamperini as he’s stranded in the ocean after a plane crash and then captured and tortured as a prisoner of war.
Heading into the long holiday, Unbroken was expected to earn $27 million to $30 million for the four-day weekend. Based on Thursday’s opening numbers, it is likely to cross $30 million.
Into the Woods is expected to finish Christmas Day with $10 million or more in ticket sales from 2,440 locations, putting it in a close race with Unbroken. For the four-day holiday weekend, both films should cross $30 million.
Singer Joe Cocker, best known for his cover of The Beatles’ With A Little Help From My Friends, has died aged 70.
The Sheffield-born singer had a career lasting more than 40 years, with hits including You Are So Beautiful and Up Where We Belong.
His agent Barrie Marshall said Cocker, who died after battling LUNG CANCER, was “simply unique”.
Sir Paul McCartney said he was a lovely guy who “brought so much to the world”.
Cocker’s friend Rick Wakeman, keyboard player for the rock band Yes, called his rendition of With a Little Help From My Friends “sensational” and said: “He had a voice that was just unique.”
Wakeman told BBC Radio 2: “The great thing is with someone like Joe is what they leave behind, and that will be with us for years and years.”
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Nine days after the disappointment of falling one vote short of election to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Golden Era Committee balloting, Tony Oliva had a much happier day Wednesday.
Oliva, a native of Cuba and a three-time batting champion for the Minnesota Twins, told “Outside the Lines” that President Barack Obama’s newly announced steps toward normalizing relations between the U.S. and communist Cuba are “the best thing that can happen for the United States and Cuba and will help both countries.”
The 76-year-old Oliva has three sisters and two brothers who live in Cuba. He visits the country regularly, most recently last month.
“It’s hard to explain all the good things that can come from this for me and my family,” Oliva said. “It’s what I’ve been waiting for for 50 years, and, oh man, this could be great.”
In Washington on Wednesday, Obama said the U.S. is re-establishing long-broken diplomatic relations with Cuba that would mark an end to America’s “outdated approach” to the island nation in a historic shift aimed at ending a half-century of mutual hostility.
Oliva said although the news came as a surprise, he had recently heard rumors in both countries that advancements toward establishing relations soon could be on the horizon.
2nd UPDATE, 1:50 PM: The stage is all packed away, the final numbers are in andNBC’s Peter Pan Live! saw a small adjustment up while CBS’s NFL inflated primetime saw significant movement downward. The Neil Meron and Craig Zadan produced 3-hour live musical went up a tenth to 2.4/7 among adults 18-49. That’s 47% less than The Sound Of Music Live! drew in final nationals on December 5 last year. As for CBS’ schedule, Two and a Half Men (1.9/6), freshman The McCarthys(1.4/6) and Elementary (1.2/6) all went down sixth tenths. Sitcom Mom (2.0/6) fell 20% from its fast nationals result and 23% from its last original on November 20. The CW’s Reign (0.4/1) went down a tenth from its result of this morning to be even with its last new show two weeks ago.
UPDATE: 9:01 AM: As Peter Pan Live! took a dive from last year’s The Sound Of Music Live! in metered market results, it took even a bit more of a fall in fast nationals. With a 2.3/7 rating among adults 18-49, the Neil Meron and Craig Zadan produced 3-hour spectacle was down 50% from the Carrie Underwood fronted Von Trapp family tale of December 5, 2013, also produced by Meron and Zadan. Seeing drops of 33% and 39% in the demo and overall viewership from its first 30 minutes to its last half hour, the 8 – 11 PM Peter Pan Live! pulled in a total audience of 9.13 million. That’s just under half of 18.6 million who watched Sound Of Music Live! last year. Not surprisingly, Peter Pan also declined from last week’s NFL game on Thanksgiving Day. Fast nationals to fast nationals, the live musical was down 60% from the Seahawks vs 49ers game.
Of course, even with those declines, NBC had a rare very good Thursday. Peter Pan Live! gave the network its second most watched non-sports one since the ER finale of April 2 2009 and its second best demo result on the day since the multi-premiere night of September 22, 2001, in fact. Which means the Peacock won the night among the key demo. Right now, CBS won the night among total viewers with 9.53 million watching – though that could change.
Political Comedian Kamau Bell ‘I don’t feel safe’ sitting next to former NYPD Chief Ray Kelly
In the wake of protests after decisions by two grand juries not to indict police officers in the deaths of two black men, Yahoo News Global Anchor Katie Couric leads an emotional conversation about the relationship between law enforcement and the African