Disney Has Biggest Year Ever at Global Box Office With $5.85 Billion

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The studio is home to the four top-grossing films of the year so far — ‘Captain America: Civil War,’ ‘Zootopia,’ ‘Finding Dory‘ and ‘The Jungle Book.’

Pamela McClintock reports: Disney is celebrating yet another milestone at the global box office, fueled by superheroes, talking animals and, of course, the Force.

With two months left to go in 2016, the studio has already posted its biggest year ever worldwide with $5.85 billion through Nov. 1, surpassing its previous record of $5.84 billion in 2015. Better yet, it is virtually assured of setting a new industry record in 2016, besting Universal’s 2015 haul of $6.89 billion.

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“For the second year in a row, the Walt Disney Studios has reached a new high at the box office thanks to an absolutely stellar collection of releases from Disney, Disney Animation, Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm,” said Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn in a statement. “This success is a testament to the refined talent and innovative work the entire Studio team puts into making these world-class cinematic experiences.” Read the rest of this entry »


[VIDEO] STAR WARS: A Bad Lip Reading

Vader keeps texting Leia, while Ben continues his quest for the Pickaxe of Cortez. Jack Black, Maya Rudolph, and Bill Hader guest.


The American Public Would Rather Elect Star Wars Characters Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda than Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump

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The force is strong with the American public who, in a new poll, said they’d rather elect Star Wars characters Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi president than the political party’s two current frontrunners.

Yoda trumps Republican frontrunner Donald Trump by 18 points, with 42 percent saying they’d support the Jedi in a hypothetical head-to-head matchup, while 24 percent would support Trump, according to an Ipsos Public Affairs poll.

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Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton also gets trounced by the little green guy, with 41 percent of respondents on team Yoda and 25 percent ready for Hillary.

You’re our only hope? Americans polled by Ipsos Public Affairs preferred the Star Wars characters Yoda (left) and Obi-Wan Kenobi (right) for president over frontrunners Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton

The only Star Wars character Donald Trump would beat in a presidential match-up is Darth Vader, according to a new poll, while Yoda, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Chewbacca get heavier support 

The only Star Wars character Donald Trump would beat in a presidential match-up is Darth Vader, according to a new poll, while Yoda, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Chewbacca get heavier support

Donald Trump is a political loser unless he’s in a head-to-head match with the Dark Side’s Darth Vader. Jedis Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi, and sidekick Chewbacca, all beat the billionaire

Kenobi, also known as Ben, also beats both politicians by double-digit margins.

He receives 39 percent support to Trump’s 24 percent, and 37 percent support to Clinton’s 26 percent.

Donald Trump is a political loser unless he's in a head-to-head match with the Dark Side's Darth Vader. Jedis Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi, and sidekick Chewbacca, all beat the billionaire 

Clinton has a slight edge against Chewbacca, earning 32 percent to the Wookie’s 28 percent of support.

When Trump goes up against the character, the GOP hopeful loses to him 28 percent to 30 percent, though Trump’s loss is within the poll’s margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percent.

The poll was conducted online and in English and surveyed 1,005 adults. Read the rest of this entry »


[VIDEO] Han Solo Is Back: New ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Second Peek

Graeme McMillan reports: Rarely does a certain galaxy seem quite as far, far away as it does when a new Star Wars trailer drops, as proven by Thursday’s release of the second peek at this year’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

The new trailer, released to coincide with the beginning of the four-day Star Wars Celebration event in Anaheim, Calif. (An event being live streamed at the official Star Wars site), gives audiences a closer look at what director J.J. Abrams has done to the space opera universe first unveiled by George Lucas in 1977’s original Star Wars. Read the rest of this entry »