Monday, January 27, 2020

Weekend box office

Here's the box office for this past weekend via THENUMBERS.COM:

1(1)Bad Boys For LifeSony Pict…$34,011,714-46%3,775n/c$9,010$120,655,8792
4NThe GentlemenSTX Enter…$10,651,884 2,165 $4,920$10,651,8841
5(4)Jumanji: The Next LevelSony Pict…$7,700,526-21%3,121-202$2,467$283,246,3267
6NThe TurningUniversal$6,950,045 2,571 $2,703$6,950,0451
7(5)Star Wars: The Rise o…Walt Disney$5,572,678-33%2,800-258$1,990$501,982,8186
8(6)Little WomenSony Pict…$4,603,145-28%2,528+25$1,821$93,630,5465
9(7)Just MercyWarner Bros.$4,031,215-30%2,408-49$1,674$27,054,5975
10(8)Knives OutLionsgate$3,539,020-17%1,677+10$2,110$151,754,9429

LITTLE WOMEN was supposed to be a big hit.  But a big hit makes a lot of money.  Five weekends and the film still hasn't made $100 million.  It won't make it with next weekend either.  In two weeks, BAD BOYS FOR LIFE has made over $100 million.  In five weeks, 1917 has made over $100 million.  Not LITTLE WOMEN.  It's not a film that anyone really needed or wanted.

In two weekends, LITTLE WOMEN will most likely be out of the top ten.  This Friday, THE RHYTHM SECTION and HANSEL AND GRETA open.  The Friday after that (February 7th), BIRDS OF PREY opens.  I don't see LITTLE WOMEN managing to hold on for much longer.

THE TURNING is a movie I'm interested in seeing but I haven't yet.

The thing that stands out to me is how huge the JUMANJI franchise has become.  It's really something.  Yes, Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black and Nick Jonas are in it.  They are popular.  But that really doesn't account for nearly $300 million for this sequel.

$962 million was the world box office for the first JUMANJI with Dwayne Johnson. The second one is still earning money but so far has a world box office of $737 million which is amazing.

Going out with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"

Monday, January 27, 2020.  Bernie Sanders leads in Iowa poll, Joe Biden continues to think he can lie his way out of his decades of attacks on Social Security, Moqtada al-Sadr reveals himself to be no leader, and much more.

Starting in the US where the race for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination continues.  Next Monday (February 3rd), Iowa kicks off the contests with its caucus.  Currently?  Bernie Sanders is in the lead by a significant margin.

In a primary, you vote on a ballot and you vote once.  In a caucus?  You go to your precinct but there are no paper ballots.  You vote physically by where you stand -- in which candidate's area.  In addition, there can be multiple rounds.  After the first round, a candidate's campaign can release its supporters so that they can move to a different candidate.  In addition, a voter can decide to move all on their own.

Joe Biden's best chance would be to offer something to another candidate.  But who?  Senator Amy Klobuchar would be his best bet due to their relationship; however, Amy needs as strong a showing in Iowa as possible to stay in the race so Joe would have to offer a great deal to get her to go along with sending her supporters to him.

As Iowa becomes more and more of a problem for Joe, he still hasn't figured out how to address his efforts to cut/gut Social Security over the years.  In fact, he appears to believe this is just another issue he can lie his way out of.

Joe Biden Led Budget Talks Where Social Security Cuts Were On The Table

Joe Biden lied again this week about his history on Social Security,  here’s a deeper look at the issue. Not only has Biden backed cuts for decades, his closest policy advisor & former chief of staff pushed for cuts and led a pro privatization think tank

Bernie has led the effort against Social Security cuts, raising the retirement age & cutting COLAs for seniors & disabled vets. He wrote the damn bill to expand Social Security - in '15.

Joe Biden has a 40-year history in support of Social Security cuts.

Pretty big difference.

Dear :

If you want to Cut something...  ✂️ 

Cut your crap.

is 💯 sustainable.

Your endless are what is not sustainable.

"When I argued that we should freeze federal spending, I meant Social Security, as well. I meant Medicare & Medicaid. I meant veterans benefits...And I not only tried it once. I tried it twice, I tried it a third time & I tried it a 4th time," Joe Biden

Suddenly Joe Biden doesn't want to talk about Social Security anymore.

NEWS>>Statement from on Biden's Social Security record:

Joe Biden continues trying to hide his efforts to help Republicans cut Social Security. The facts are indisputable: Biden repeatedly pushed to freeze Social Security funding, cut Social Security benefits..."

Joe Biden went all over the world bragging about how hard he tried to cut Social Security and Medicaid.

This is in China as Vice President.

Now he denies he ever said this.

New: Joe Biden touts his experience as a deal maker. During the Obama administration, he tried to cut a budget deal with Republicans that might have cut Social Security. and I have the details of the 2011 talks: via

Joe Biden Caught in Major Lie About His Record on Cutting Social Security via

Stop lying about your awful record. You wanted to cut social security. Your lame excuse about it being "20 years ago" is inexcusable. You lied then and you lie now. I'm a millennial...I grew up on the internet. We're not stupid Joe. We see you. 👀✂️✂️✂️✂️✂️✂️✂️✂️✂️✂️✂️

In Iraq, the war Joe Biden was on board with and cheerleading continues.  And the victims continue to mount.  This includes the Iraqi people.  This includes Americans.

The Pentagon announced Friday that 34 U.S. service members have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries following the Jan. 8 Iranian missile attack on the Al Asad airbase in Iraq.


Sunday saw five rockets hit inside the heavily fortified Green Zone in Baghdad.  REUTERS noted, "Security sources told Reuters that at least one rocket landed inside the U.S. embassy compound and wounded three people. If confirmed, it would be the first time in years that such attacks on the Green Zone, which are regular, have actually hurt staff there." XINHAU reports:

The Iraqi Foreign Ministry said on Monday that the overnight rocket attack on the U.S. embassy in central Baghdad will not affect the flourishing level of strategic relations between Baghdad and Washington.
A statement by the ministry expressed Iraq's keenness on bilateral relations and mutual interests with the United States, and confirmed the ministry's categorical rejection, and its condemnation of the attack that targeted the U.S. embassy with Katyusha rockets.

"The Iraqi security authorities have launched an investigation to identify the perpetrators and bring them to justice, and in order to prevent the recurrence of such violations, which could lead Iraq to be a battleground for external parties," the statement said.

In Iraq, the protesters suffer as well.  Over 600 have been killed.  The biggest development in the last few days has been Moqtada al-Sadr's walking away from the protesters on Friday evening.

A lot of people are puzzled.  Some are outright wrong.  Mustafa Habib is outright wrong.  He's insisting that Moqtada is this and that and if you were only in Iraq you would see this -- blah, blah, blah.  Fact: We were right on the ongoing demonstrations and Mustafa was wrong.  Fact: It's good for a reporter in Iraq to praise Moqtada instead of risking his wrath.  I don't know why Mustafa's wrong, I just know that he is.  Maybe it's just because he's never understood the protests to begin with?  Weren't they supposed to have faded back in October?  Wasn't that his 'reporting' back then?  I like Mustafa but when he starts peering in that crystal ball of his to justify politicians, I lose all interest.

Video circulating of the 'Iraqi SWAT' team that is threatening anyone who speaks against Muqtada al-Sadr. Save

They're from Swat, threatening protesters, defending Muqtada al-Sadr

Now |   Muqtada al-Sadr's militias in Nasiriyah burn the tents of protesters, dozens of dead and wounded, and a burned bodies !!!

Sarayya al-Salam militia which belongs to (Muqtada al-Sadr) is responsible for making a MASSACRE in Nassiriya southern Iraq.

must sanction Muqtada al-Sadr.

Khaled Yacoub Oweis (THE NATIONAL) reports:

Populist cleric Moqtada Al Sadr has turned against the Iraqi uprising, withdrawing protection to demonstrators and strengthening a government crackdown to crush the protest movement.
The uprising, which is demanding the removal of the entire political class, has undermined the influence of Iran, Mr Al Sadr’s patron.
In the past three days, attacks by security forces and Iran-backed militia, who overran protest centres in Baghdad and other cities in the south, killed at least 17 civilians and wounded 250, civil activists and the Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights said.
The attacks came after Mr Al Sadr said on Friday that he would no longer interfere in the protest movement.
Pro-Sadr militiamen, who had provided limited protection to the demonstrators, particularly in Baghdad and Basra, withdrew from the streets.

The demonstrations also denounced what many Iraqis regard as Iranian tutelage, in contrast to the narrative of Mr Al Sadr and other pro-Iran politicians, who blame Iraq’s ills on the US.


A leader in Iraq’s populist cleric Muqtada Al-Sadr’s movement, Asaad Al-Nasiri, yesterday split from the movement announcing his support for thousands of anti-government protesters.
On Saturday, Al-Sadr ordered the freezing of Sheikh Asaad Al-Nasiri’s membership in the body for disobeying orders to stop involvement in the anti-government protests.
Al-Nasiri, who is close to Al-Sadr, said in a statement: “I will take off the turban for the love of Iraq and the city of Nasiriyah and the revolutionaries, and I am with the Iraqis.”
This is the first split in Sadr’s movement following its leader’s decision to end the movement’s involvement in the protests.

Friday, Moqtada has his cult bussed into Baghdad -- yeah, it's a cult.  For awhile there, Moqtada was building a movement.  But he trashed that.  Now he'd announced his 'million man march' (originality has never been Moqtada's strength) a week prior to it taking place.  Protesters who had been protesting for months were dismayed and stated that publicly.  They were trying to address Iraq's problems.  They want all foreign troops out of their country.  But the deadline was approaching, for a new government, and they felt Moqtada's latest move would distract from their months long efforts.

There are some who argue that's why Moqtada staged the march.  As a leader or 'leader' of the ongoing protests, he was revealed to be a failure.  The government wasn't listening to Moqtada.  The argument goes that he bailed on the protesters so that he could pretend they were the failures and not him.

At any rate, he bailed on them.  And he lost his power.  He might regain it.  He might not.  Right now, he's a pathetic individual.  He's insulted the protesters because some of them denounced his march -- he's insisted that they are paid tools of the US government.

Over 600 of them have been killed by security forces and Moqtada hurls that blood libel?

Thousands of Iraqis join protests despite cleric Moqtada Al-Sadr asking them to go home via

At best, Moqtada is currently irrelevant.  At worst, he is a direct threat to the safety of the protesters.

Watch how the gun fire was aimed at the protest square in Nasriyah last night #   شاهد كيف كان الرمي المباشر على الخيم في الناصرية


The aftermath of Militia attack on protesters in last night

After burning their tents by the militias lastnight, Iraqi protestors in   start building rooms of bricks instead to show defiance to the insurgents. Protests go on until all demands are executed.

[In photos] Anti-govt protests in Iraqi capital Baghdad

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