LOS ANGELES -- Disney's "Dumbo" had an underwhelming liftoff at the domestic box office. Tim Burton's live-action remake debuted with $45 million from 4,259 North American theaters, below expectations heading into the weekend. While that was easily enough to top the domestic box office, it marks the lowest start among the studio's recent live-action remakes of Disney classics. To compare, 2017's "Beauty and the Beast" debuted with $174 million, 2016's "The Jungle Book" opened with $103 million," and 2015's "Cinderella" launched with $67 million. Heading into the weekend, "Dumbo" was expected to surpass $50 million in its first three days of release. Part of the reason for the softer opening is likely because the original "Dumbo" cartoon came out 80 years ago, making the lovable elephant seem slightly less relevant than classics like "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Jungle Book," which both became huge successes for the studio. "Dumbo" carries a $170-million production budget. The … [Read more...] about Box office: ‘Dumbo’ lands at No. 1 with soft $45 million
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It’s good to be the governor, especially when considering the timing of this year’s budget debate. First, he’s first. On Tuesday, Gov. Tim Walz filled a large state Capitol room with reporters, commissioners, staff and those with a keen interest in that budget and laid out how he would spend the state’s current revenues and proposed revenues. For the rest of the 2019 Legislative session, all budget conversations start there. “This is a strategic budget that allows us to maintain what we have while investing in the future,” Walz said of his plan for how to spend $49.5 billion over two years. “This budget is about building One Minnesota, the foundation of which is education, health care and community prosperity.” This year, presenting his priorities first has another advantage for Walz. He gets to use the most recent forecast of state revenue collections over the two-year budget period, which revealed a $1.5 billion surplus based on … [Read more...] about Walz’s budget: OMG or DOA?
By Jasper Scherer Published 11:14 am CST, Friday, February 15, 2019 Melissa Noriega, left, and Christina Morales, candidates for Texas House District 145 Melissa Noriega, left, and Christina Morales, candidates for Texas House District 145 Photo: Staff Photos / Staff Photo: Staff Photos / Staff Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Melissa Noriega, left, and Christina Morales, candidates for Texas House District 145 Melissa Noriega, left, and Christina Morales, candidates for Texas House District 145 Photo: Staff Photos / Staff House District 145 runoff date set 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Gov. Greg Abbott has set March 5 as the date for the special election runoff to succeed state … [Read more...] about House District 145 runoff date set
On Tuesday, voters in Minnesota’s 11th State Senate District will choose somebody new to represent them at the Minnesota State Capitol. It’s a special election, prompted by Gov. Tim Walz’s appointment of former Sen. Tony Lourey to head up the Minnesota Department of Human Services. The district, or some version of it — redistricting changed up boundaries in 2011 — has been held by DFLers named Lourey for more than two decades. But it’s not a sure win for the DFL. Like many Greater Minnesota legislative districts held by Democrats, SD11 has been turning redder. In recent elections, its residents have chosen both Republicans and Democrats to represent them in government. The stakes are lower than they were in the last special election, in Stearns and Benton counties in November, where an upset victory by the DFL could have given the party control of the Senate. Republicans will still control the Senate regardless of the outcome of this special … [Read more...] about Can the name ‘Lourey’ keep a reddening 11th Senate District blue?
By Tanuja Bahal and Jodi Neuman | PUBLISHED: January 29, 2019 at 8:22 am | UPDATED: January 29, 2019 at 8:23 am Any day now, the Trump administration is expected to finalize new rules attacking the Title X family planning program that will make birth control and other preventive reproductive health care inaccessible for millions of Americans. This is an obvious calamity for the women and families that rely on Title X, but it would also weaken the economy President Trump claims to care so much about. These new rules will drastically limit the availability and quality of the family planning services funded by Title X, a program that serves mostly low-income people. For nearly 50 years, Title X has provided significant benefits to women, families, and the economy. As sustainable and responsible investors and supporters of accessible health care, we are deeply concerned about the impacts the rules will have. Women achieve higher educational levels, compensation, and … [Read more...] about Opinion: New Title X family planning rules hurt families, economy