US box office receipts on course to set record

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Dinosaurs, superheroes and rappers have boosted summer box office receipts in the United States, setting 2015 on course to be the biggest grossing year in movie history.

“It’s not a record summer but we’re still on track for what could be the biggest box office year in theaters,” said Paul Dergarabedian, a senior media analyst at Rentrak, which tracks viewership for the movie industry.

“It could be the first 40-billion-dollar year ever worldwide… and that’s pretty impressive considering the competition by the small screen including Netflix, Hulu and HBO.”

Smash hits like “Jurassic World,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron” or “Straight Outta Compton” largely contributed to the estimated $4.4 billion Hollywood is expected to rake in this summer in North America.

And the cash registers are expected to keep ringing through the end of the year.

“In 2013, we had $4.75 billion in receipts for the summer. It should come to $4.5 billion this year,” said Patrick Corcoran, spokesman for the US National Association of Theatre Owners.

Dergarabedian attributed the box office uptick to the diverse slate of movies on offer and the need for audiences to seek entertainment outside the home.

“Jurassic World,” the long-awaited fourth installment in the blockbuster dinosaur franchise launched by Steven Spielberg in 1993, has already taken in $643 million in North America and $1.6 billion globally, putting it right behind “Avatar” and “Titanic.”

“Avengers: Age of Ultron” has for its part grossed $457.7 million in North America and $1.4 billion worldwide.

Animated films “Inside Out” and “Minions,” musical comedy sequel “Pitch Perfect 2” and music biopic “Straight Outta Compton,” which charts the rise and fall of the iconic hip-hop group N.W.A., also contributed to this summer’s box office success.

Beyond the quality of the movies on offer this summer, Corcoran said movie theaters are also going all out to draw in audiences.

“In the last decade and a half, there has been some enormous changes in the cinema experience — in auditoriums, recliner seats, very large screens, food and alcohol serving,” he said.

“3D has also been a useful addition to box office attendance,” he said.

“And the mix of movies means there is a little something for everyone.”

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  • Sage

    MMmmmm busy bee,

  • Tomi

    when we are done with this maybe the president and other VIP’s who routinely drive us off the road and keep grabbing camera’s etc of journalists and damaging the content

  • Ja

    He must have been a man from central kenya!!! Quit the politics..

    • Anonymous

      Crap………………….!!! This has nothing to do with siasa, its about katibu you moron

      • Ja

        Now whats katibu???I dont reply to perveted ignorants

      • Charlie

        Retard!

  • Oludavin

    Where was this hypocrite Peter Gichira Solomon , when LUCY KIBAKI stomed standard media? I mean let us be honest and compare what Nancy did and what the first lady did, slaping journalists etc and it was live yet nothing happened. I think we have become more tribal than Kenyans.

    • Youarewrong

      You are confusing issues. The First Lady was not interviewed or elected to her position. She is a First Lady because she is the president’s wife and cannot therefore be ‘ejected’ from office unless you want to file a case to divorce her from the President which is illogical. The standard for a Deputy CJ is even much higher than that of the Executive because she is supposed to arbitrate over political and legal disputes. The PEV was because half the country did not trust the judiciary, not because of Lucy slapping people as wrong as that was.

    • charlie

      sounds archaic was the new constitution in place you don’t ask such  questions where were you then yourself you seem to condone the uncouth occurrence in Kiambu county shame on you!!!!!

    • Enos1977

      Be Kenyan bwana and stop playing around> Where do you live.

    • Info

      Lucy was before the new constitution, and is not an office bearer. Just the wife of one. You could petition the president to divorce her constitutionally!

    • ChatWithEd

      It is annoying how you Oludavin (amongst other very shocking ones like you; and they’re very many online) miss the whole point, so well articulated by this author! You are clouding the judgement (you actually completely lack PERSPECTIVE = “The
      ability to perceive things in their actual interrelations or
      comparative importance”, http://www.thefreedictionary.com/perspective)…
      to a country like Kenya, who is more important, the spouse of a
      President, a non-elective and non-constitutional position, OR a
      constitutional office bearer with security of tenure, esp. THE principal
      protector of fairness and justice (and hence the name Chief!), a Deputy
      (and potentially the) Chief Justice????! You trivialize such an important national issue!!! Where was the issue of tribe before you mentioned it! You’re simply ridiculous! Go pray for wisdom.

  • Gunigugu12

    The writer of this article quotes the accuser after writing verbatim what she said.. this is very poor writing.

    • ChatWithEd

      Gunigug12 I disagree. The author’s point is very clear and concise… And where is your excellent version so we can compare! This author is doing something for the poor, down-trodden, taxpaying, suffering Kenyans (like I and Kerubo), what have you done for Kenya today?

  • doublem

    This is the litmus test for the judiciary under the new constitution. Will the CJ pick the gauntlet and set an example that judicial impunity will not be tolerated? we are watching closely.

  • Enos1977

    she lacks passion thereby falling into the dark days of ruling by fear and terror. Well let her carry her own cross.

  • Anonymous

    The question I ask myself is; Where is the security company in all this? Why are they letting the guard chase this on her own?

    • ChatWithEd

      Valid question sir. I think they’re taking cover, awaiting the outcome (as we are all). This is, as the author puts it, the true litmus test – nobody is sure how this will go. Am sure you and I know how it should go,… but in Kenya the impossible become possible, ukno! They should have come out strongly for her, even given her a promotion. Kerubo’s CV just got fired up, she may just get hired by some embassy, the UN, etc, who knows…

  • Munyasia

    The term Honorable is attached to people who are supposed to act in an honorable manner. The Deputy CJJ does not qualify for this post due to her conduct. She should resign promptly.

  • Maggie

    What are the contacts for the judiciary I am sending a Counter Petition? There is a double standard in Kenya in how male and females are viewed in application of Law. Why are Uhuru and Ruto still in Government while they have active cases at the ICC? What the Deputy CJ did is not grounds for removal from office. get me the address and emails.

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