Dark Knight Rises to $160M Weekend Box Office; Everything Else Has Big Drop

To say this was an unusual week at the box office is putting it mildly. The shooting at the Dark Knight Rises opening in Colorado cast a pall over the entire film industry. The studios agreed to delay the box office data until Monday, a highly unusual instance of the studios cooperating. Other than Dark Knight Rises, everything was down and down a lot. Most of it over 50%. I suspect this is a combination of the massive anticipation for Dark Knight Rises (including tons of advance ticket sales) and some people not going to the movies in the wake of the shooting. Either way, Dark Knight opened with $160,887,295, which is good for the #3 opening all-time, behind Avengers and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt 2. There’s some noise about it being the highest non-3-D movie, but I’m not sure to what extent the IMAX version does or doesn’t mitigate that angle, since Nolan was emphasizing the IMAX aspects during filming.

Joe Sacco and Chris Hedges on Bill Moyers, live chat on Wednesday

Hedges and Joe Sacco appeared this weekend on the Bill Moyers show. The book features text by Hedges and comics by Sacco as the two explore some of the most drastically compromised places in the United States, including Pine Ridge, ND, Camden, NJ and Liberty Park during the Occupy Movement. The show can be watched online, or even in the link below and there’s a live chat this Wednesday, July 25, at 2 pm EDT.

From Batman to Cannibal F***face: The 2012 Designer Toy Awards

Nowadays, it’s fairly easy to find toys or collectables from any mainstream comic (there is such a large array of Avengers figurines, ranging from pretty atrocious to an almost hyper-real quality). The 2012 Designer Toy Awards salutes some of the best comic toys, and gives everyone a chance to vote for this years best. The nominees are quite a sight.

DreamWorks buys Casper the Friendly Ghost, Little Lulu and many more classic comics licenses

A Lassie animated movie? A new Casper cartoon? It’s all speculation, but DreamWorks has just purchased licensing company Classic Media for $155 million. Classic Media, which was founded by ex-Marvel CEO Eric Ellenbogen and ex-Broadway Video’s John Engelman in 2000, has long been one of the biggest behind-the-scenes media entities, amassing a huge library of legacy characters including the Harvey and Western libraries, in addition to The Lone Ranger, Lassie, and many many more.