Labor Day Weekend Brings Money to Go Around
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Labor Day Weekend Brings Money to Go Around

Welcome to another weekly installment of Couch Potato, where I go over what went down on the big and small screens so you can be a better-informed viewer.

At the multiplex this week, The Equalizer 3 opened up on part with its previous two entries, despite the strike forbidding Denzel Washington from doing any press, which is a huge win for the picture. It took the number one spot with $42 million domestic across the holiday weekend, proving that there is still a place in many Americans’ hearts for Denzel. 

Next, Barbie added $10.6 million domestically, placing her in second place for the week. In addition, she now has a domestic total of $609.5 million and a global total of $1.381 billion, officially surpassing The Super Mario Bros. Movie to make it the number one movie of the year, domestically and globally. Finally, Blue Beetle at least brings DC a decent hold of only 40%, but that’s about all the good news the superhero has to offer. It did earn a spot in the “Top of the Top 10,” but with a measly $7.2 million, which spells doom for the picture’s chances to even cross into just triple digits domestically, which is a big loss for any superhero movie.

On a brighter note, though, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem DID cross that milestone this week, with a total of $106.4 million to date.

In more good news, Oppenheimer also saw a huge bump due to its release in China, which brought the global total to $852.9 million. Not bad for a three-hour-long movie about the making of the atomic bomb.  

People who read last week’s edition might get a serious case of Deja Vu with this week’s movies and television charts, as the entries are exactly the same. For movies, The Monkey King retains its top spot for the second week in a row, adding another 14.4 million views to its total. Heart of Stone held on to second place for another back-to-back week in the “Top of the Top 10” with another 13.6 million views. Finally, You Are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah held firm in third place with an additional 12 million views. 

When it comes to streaming, Who is Erin Carter? continued its path of dominance, followed by DEPP V. HEARD and Painkiller. All eyes are on the live-action One Piece, which will see its first week of numbers in next week’s edition. So, be sure to stay tuned for that. We’ll see if it’s able to knock some of these powerhouses down a spot or two. 

In addition to that, next week, our eyes will be on whether The Nun II can scare the rest of the competition to a first-place finish or if My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 will prove that laughter is more powerful than horror in that race. 

Stay tuned for that, and until next time, happy viewing!


Special to The Central Observer, Elton Allen

About the Author

Elton Allen is thrilled to be a contributing author on The Central Observer.  As a proud native of Central Jersey, he looks forward to getting to help out a publication based right out of his backyard. He proudly runs the Couch Potato Corner and our Health & Wellness section. His professional writing background spans nearly a decade and covers a variety of industries, including healthcare, marketing, career counseling, entertainment, and more. 

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