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They’re not standing around the watercooler, but Cheryl Sadler, Mark Meszoros, Mark Podolski and Nicole Franz are talking about what they’ve been watching, listening to and playing during their free time.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

'Ice Age' ousts 'Spider-Man' from top of weekend box office

"The Amazing Spider-Man" experienced a pretty big financial drop from last weekend's box office to this weekend's box office. It'll be interesting to see how it fares next weekend when "The Dark Knight Rises" is in theaters.

From The Associated Press:
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Where available, latest international numbers are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday:
1. "Ice Age: Continental Drift," $46 million ($95 million internationally) (Review by The News-Herald's Mark Meszoros)
2. "The Amazing Spider-Man," $35 million ($66.6 million internationally). (Review by Meszoros)
3. "Ted," $22.1 million, ($9.7 million internationally). (Review by Meszoros)
4. "Brave," $10.7 million, ($6.5 million internationally). Review by Meszoros; Cast, director talk about Pixar's 'Brave' and its animated take on Scotland by The AP's David Germain)
5. "Magic Mike," $9 million, ($3.3 million internationally). (Review by The AP's Christy Lemire)
6. "Savages," $8.7 million, ($1 million internationally). (Review by Meszoros)
7. "Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection," $5.6 million.
8. "Katy Perry: Part of Me," $3.7 million, ($1 million internationally). (Review by The AP's Jake Coyle)
9. "Moonrise Kingdom," $3.7 million, ($270,000 internationally). (Review by Lemire)
10. "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted," $3.5 million ($4.6 million internationally). (Review by Germain)

Speaking of "The Dark Knight Rises," have you heard about what's coming this week to
A 'Dark Knight' night
News-Herald Entertainment Editor Mark Meszoros and Sports Editor Mark Podolski are celebrating the end of director Christopher Nolan’s trilogy of Batman films with a bang by attending a marathon of all three films -- “Batman Begins,” “The Dark Knight” and “The Dark Knight Rises” July 19 at Atlas Cinemas Great Lakes Stadium 16 in Mentor.
The night begins at 6:30 with “Begins” and ends with the midnight debut of “Rises.” Meszoros and Podolski will chronicle the experience right here on The News-Herald’s Tuned in to Pop Culture blog, as well as in the paper’s July 22 print edition. They will be tweeting using the hashtag #BatmanMarathon.
For tickets to the Atlas marathon, which are $19, visit Some area Regal Cinemas locations are also hosting marathons. Details:

More Batman
Meszoros and Podolski also will record a special “Dark Knight Rises”-centric “Tuned in to Pop Culture” podcast with Chris Lambert, who writes the blog Comics: Don’t Get Me Started. Look for the podcast right here on the Tuned in to Pop Culture blog on Tuesday afternoon. Also, Meszoros will review “The Dark Knight Rises” July 20 in The News-Herald and at

-- Cheryl Sadler | | @nhcheryl

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