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Tonight’s Diners: Scott and Miles (we put Don back in his box)
Welcome to the Diner. We want your feedback: how are we doing, what can we do differently, what would you like to see? We what to know! Also the ACC feeds of out podcast are enhanced, which means there are chapters. So if we’re talking about a show you’re not interested in, you can skip ahead. Tonite’s Menu: Show news, trivia, Scifi news, and the Star Trek review
Trivia Answer from Last Week: On the hit TV show Heroes, where does Sylar’s name come from?
Answer: From a watch Sylar is working on.
Trivia Question for this next week:
McCoy claims that “one tiny crack in the hull” will cause your blood to boil in 12 seconds. Is what he is saying really true in reality or false? Could such a thing really happen?
Call (206) 600-4824 with your answers!
Show news: • Why did we skip a week? (again) • Logos and artwork (Chris Ruch from darklightmedia.com )
News from the Bar Tender:
Flash Forward: ABC aired a new promo for its upcoming sci-fi series Flash Forward during last night’s season finale of Lost, and you can watch it after the jump.
The show, based on Robert J. Sawyer’s novel, deals with what happens when everyone on Earth briefly falls unconscious at the same time for 2 minutes and 17 seconds. During those moments, people see what happens to their lives six months in the future.
On The Main Menu:
Star Trek • Our Theater Experience • Our initial impressions • What we liked • What we didn’t [Update: Star Trek did even better than estimates: The final tally reported on Monday showed the movie beamed up $79.2 million from Thursday through Sunday, or $2.7 million more than Sunday’s estimates; for the three-day weekend, the movie took in $75.2 million, not $72.5 million, as previously estimated.]
J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek exceeded expectations at the May 8 weekend box office, beaming up a whopping estimated $76.5 million, the Associated Press reported. That includes $72.5 million for the Friday-Sunday period and $4 million from preview screenings on Thursday.
Paramount Pictures had estimated that the movie would make about $50 million for the weekend but figured that strong reviews helped carry it to the bigger opening. The film, which had a $140 million budget, should gross more than $200 million total this summer, even against such competition as Terminator: Salvation, coming on May 21, and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, arriving in theaters July 15, the AP reported.
The fact that Star Trek’s haul improved from $26.8 million on Friday to $27.4 million on Saturday is a good sign, suggesting the film will have “legs,” analysts said.
Last week’s top grosser, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, came in second place, with an estimated $27 million. The prequel has made nearly $129.6 million in two weeks.