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  1. A nearly $50M 3-day, and nearly $60M 4-day, seems pretty excellent for A Quiet Place Part II, given all of the circumstances. I have to imagine that awareness & advertising was lower than under ideal, non-Covid, circumstances; some people are still hesitant and avoiding theatres; etc. Moreover, I live in the most populous province in Canada, and all of our movie theatres are still closed due to Covid restrictions - which already reduces box office potential domestically. I hope this is a sign of better times to come for the box office - I have definitely missed havi
  2. Because the movie completely sidelined Andrew Rannells in a role with no character arc whatsoever. Cordon's character actually had substance - I wish Rannells was cast in Cordon's role instead. For me, I think the role would have resonated a whole lot more. (Admittedly, I'm not a big fan of Cordon to begin with.) Peace, Mike
  3. Tina and Amy proving they are still the best Golden Globes hosts ever, even in a pandemic year and on opposite coasts. I was excited for this year's ceremony for them alone. I genuinely wish they would just settle into a permanent Globes residency and host every year. Peace, Mike
  4. It's hard to fault them for this decision. Studios and companies are trying to do what makes sense for them given the world we live in now. Covid has changed how we can and want to live our lives, and in turn the media landscape. My sense is that people are still clinging to the notion that there will be a return to normal in the near future. Wonder Woman will be missing out on its box office potential, certainly, but I don't find it particularly persuasive to be looking at the film in isolation at this point. We're 8 months into this pandemic, and theatrical business is still seve
  5. I can relate to this. I haven't read Dune, but I read Lord of the Rings for the first time when I was 12, and a big part of my appreciation for it at the time was that very aspect you identify. As I continue to re-read the book as I get older, I appreciate more about it (and different aspects of it). With the trailer release, I'm now discovering I have a lot of friends who have read Dune and have shared the trailer with enthusiasm. I'm choosing to take this as a good sign. Peace, Mike
  6. I'm pretty excited, but I've been that way for a while, given Villeneuve and the cast. The trailer is good. It isn't mind-blowing or anything, but I'm not at all familiar with the story (I haven't read the book), so I don't know if we ought to expect a trailer like that (if it's more character driven vs action driven, etc). I'm pretty much always going to check out a Villeneuve movie. Peace, Mike
  7. Robert Pattinson as Batman is just doing it for me on all levels. I like the trailer. I think it's overly simplistic to say that this is just another dark batman movie. Burton's take and Nolan's take on Batman were distinct. Likewise, this feels like it has its own style and point of view. Peace, Mike
  8. I'm so ready for this. Everyone looks great, including Kristen Wiig. Peace, Mike
  9. I'm assuming that Canada's box office grosses will still be rolled into the "Domestic" gross, as usual, even though we're being thought of as an international market in this context? I agree that there is a possibility (perhaps likelihood) that Tenet flops - and would have done so domestically even if it had a wide release in the US. We still can't be sure the extent to which people will flock to theatres. We've seen in other capacities that even when restrictions are lifted, it doesn't mean things go back to normal. People still make choices based on what they feel is best for the
  10. Sadly, it is a weak trailer for me. It needed either some beautiful money shots, or some resonant character moments. It didn't deliver on either, and that last bit didn't land. Since the film is being positioned as the return of cinema, I was hoping this trailer would really show us why we ought to be excited for this movie. Peace, Mike
  11. This is interesting, because this goes back to earlier discussion: the apparent fallacy that if we let people go about or return to their normal lives, and not enact strict social distancing policies and other measures, that the economy will go back to normal. On some level, we seem to confuse the economic consequences of our policies with the economic consequences of the virus (and the resulting sickness and death, etc). That previously cited study that suggests earlier and longer social distancing measures both mitigate the spread of disease and reduce the ultimate economic damag
  12. Indeed, population health cannot be reduced only to health care systems, given the numerous social determinants of health. However, there is a problem with using survival rates as a measure of the effectiveness of the US health care system. Survival rates don't necessarily measure when people die, as in the study you cite, and can therefore be misleading. It can indicate early screening, not necessarily better treatment. If you diagnosis more instances of cancer, even those that will never cause symptoms or death, this makes survival rates look better. Aggressive screening for canc
  13. Indeed. The US' health expenditure as a percentage of GDP is easily the highest among OECD countries, at 16.9% https://data.oecd.org/healthres/health-spending.htm But despite spending the most, the US fares poorly (below average) compared to other OECD countries on most measures of healthcare accessibility, and below average on life expectancy, all-cause mortality, and avoidable mortality, for example. https://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/docserver/4dd50c09-en.pdf?expires=1586489977&id=id&accname=guest&checksum=FA61F36FE7A66E369F9C55DC1B90357F
  14. I am grateful for all of the forum members in this thread who take the time to fact-check and/or are educated in the particular science on which they speak. This really helps to keep unsubstantiated claims at bay, and I'm grateful on a personal level, as I am learning a lot. Peace, Mike
  15. A moment of levity: our Prime Minister said "speaking moistly" in his daily update today. I can't get over it, lol. Peace, Mike
  16. This map had a lot more orange and red on it not that long ago. With Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Nevada and Pennsylvania all issuing statewide stay-at-home/shelter-in-place orders today, along with other states that have done so in the last week, it's finally looking better. There are still holdouts though. https://covidactnow.org Peace, Mike
  17. According to Worldometers, the US had the most deaths of any country on Tuesday. I believe this is a first for the US. A majority of those deaths were outside New York. Country, Other Total Cases New Cases Total Deaths New Deaths World 858,377 +73,718 42,311 +4,542 U
  18. Here in Ontario, Canada - believed to be our most widespread outbreak to date. The woman in the video talks about losing her mom, and the lengths to which the hospital went to answer her calls and allow her to talk to her mom before she was no longer able. Emotional, but I find it important to be aware of the human costs of the virus, especially as some espouse views that disregard the number of lives being lost and the importance of social distancing. Please stay home if you can. ❤️ Peace, Mike
  19. This pandemic is demonstrating that massive amounts of inequality, both within and between countries, are terrible for people across the world. I mean, we all already knew that, but this is certainly putting this into sharp focus. Peace, Mike
  20. This is a great article. Lengthy, but definitely worth a read from beginning to end. How the Pandemic Will End The U.S. may end up with the worst COVID-19 outbreak in the industrialized world. This is how it’s going to play out. https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2020/03/how-will-coronavirus-end/608719/ Peace, Mike
  21. Way to go Canada ❤️ "The COC and CPC urgently call on the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to postpone the Games for one year and we offer them our full support in helping navigate all the complexities that rescheduling the Games will bring. While we recognize the inherent complexities around a postponement, nothing is more important than the health and safety of our athletes and the world community," the statement said. Peace, Mike
  22. I had to share this. The 2020 Crossroad Dash had me chortling. 😄 "This commentator's got no live sport so he's commentating on everyday life and it's brilliant": https://www.thepoke.co.uk/2020/03/20/this-commentators-got-no-live-sport-left-so-hes-commentating-on-everyday-life-and-its-brilliant/?fbclid=IwAR3qRLIK6xU5BBNo9YEXkDAsjaIEdCuf4txGN1gUpXcfr1-6LCBOTrcL0K8 Peace, Mike
  23. I would say Onward got, at most, 10 normal-ish days of box office. The film wasn't highly anticipated, but I think a strong argument can be made that its legs were already being demonstrably impacted on its second weekend by coronavirus. A 72.9% second weekend drop is not normal, not even if it was a mildly received Pixar film. Onward also had Easter and spring breaks coming up in its run. It ending up making $61.5 million at the domestic box office, and from my perspective, was likely to be looking at close to double that amount under normal circumstances (i.e. no coronavirus). Mo
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