The winner at the box office was New Year’s Eve, a movie that has about fifty actors of various degrees of fame. My wife went to go see it without me (thankfully) and she said she enjoyed it. I’m sorry, but I don’t get having 37 different storylines all converging in one place at the end of the movie. It’s been done before.
The depressing news is that it won the week with a debut of a paltry $13 million. It’s the lowest opening since the Nic Cage debacle Bangkok Dangerous made $7.8 million back in 2008.
Put it to you this way: it took Netflix a full year to make $1,000,000,000. The gaming community is no joke, and many are finding their entertainment dollars are spent buying games and time on dedicated servers to play other gamers than to head to the local multiplex and plop down $50 for a movie and popcorn for two.
So people are showing their displeasure with crappy movies by not going. And the box office is suffering. This can mean two things: Hollywood will start to put out more quality films to draw more people to theaters to justify the exorbitant cost (unlikely) or look for more ways to bring their crappy product to the masses (which looks like their course of action, with VOD and streaming video).
Thing is, people want a change and they’ve made it known. Much like Kings fans wanting a change. Well, they got it. On Monday, coach Terry Murray was canned and interim coach John Stevens took over behind the bench. Will the team respond? Will this sate Kings’ fans lust for blood and the call for someone else’s head if the team fails to make the playoffs? Only time will tell. All we can do is wait while the team rolls out on a four-game road trip.
So, how has the NHL’s worst offense fared in the eyes of the media?
• The Hockey News’ Adam Proteau’s Week 10 rating: 14. Last week: 9.
Terry Murray coaching watch on high alert. (Obviously posted before MurrayWatch came to an end.)
• TSN’s Scott Cullen’s Week 10 rating: 20. Last week: 19.
Riding a four-game losing streak, the Kings canned head coach Terry
Murray. Now, new coach John Stevens can tell Justin Williams, Simon
Gagne, Dustin Brown, Dustin Penner and Drew Doughty that they are
allowed to score.
• ESPN.com’s Scott Burnside’s Week 10 rating: 22. Last week: 13.
The Kings are in free fall, having lost four straight, and are 2-5-1 in their past eight, scoring just 13 times in that span. They also rank dead last in goals per game. Is the clock ticking on head coach Terry Murray? (Umm, yeah, that clock has run out…)
• CBSSportsline’s Adam Gretz’s Week 10 rating: 22. Last week: 17.
Already rumors that head coach Terry Murray could take the fall for what has been a poor start in Los Angeles. A four-game losing streak this week which saw the team score just six goals probably didn’t help things. (Good god, does anyone update stories anymore?!?)
• Fox Sports’ Jim Rosen’s Week 10 rating: 22. Last week: 15.
Terry Murray’s time in Los Angeles may be running out. The Kings have scored two goals or less in eight straight games and are on pace for only 184 for the season. (For the love of Pete Demers… UPDATE YOUR WEBSITE JOURNOS!)
• Sports Illustrated’s Adrian Dater’s Week 10 rating: x. Last week: x.
Take the average you you have the Kings Hockeywood Power Ranking of:
So, what is Call of Duty and why are people going nuts for the latest version, Modern Warfare 3? Watch this preview featuring Adam Sessler from G4’s X-Play. (Sorry, couldn’t find anything with Morgan Webb.)
And since modern warfare is the theme for this week’s Weekend Returns, check out the new trailer for G.I. Joe” Retaliation, starring The Rock and Bruce Willis. Yes, that Bruce Willis.