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A Quiet Place Part II Shouts To $70M+ Global Bow; F9 Passes $200M Overseas – Deadline

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Refresh for latest…: It was a busy weekend at global turnstiles, with a particularly noisy start for Paramount’s A Quiet Place Part II. The John Krasinski-helmed sequel came out shouting with a $22M overseas debut in just 12 markets for a worldwide opening of $70.4M including the three-day $48.4M North American haul (if we add in domestic projections for Memorial Day Monday, that lifts to $58.5M domestic and $80.5M global, but does not include the overseas Monday). AQP2 did better than expected in China with a $15M FSS, and that’s despite a super short lead time as its date there was only made official on Tuesday. Notably, if we back out the China start this weekend, AQP2 debuted 66% ahead of the original 2018 film (including previews). While the international box office had already begun to show strong signs of recovery, and as summer kicked off in some markets amid the early release of Universal’s F9 last session, it’s also refreshing to have domestic pump up those global numbers.

‘A Quiet Place Part II’ Screaming To $58M+; ‘Cruella’ Set To Dazzle $27M: The Box Office Is Back – Sunday Update

Originally, our sources were being conservative with AQP2 estimates of $10M-$15M for the full offshore weekend given lingering uncertainties in some markets — and in today’s world, it’s wise to remain prudent. Even Australia, which had been doing great business of late, shuttered cinemas in Victoria just shy of the weekend; the area reps 30% of the country’s box office. Still, AQP2 opened at No. 1 grossing an excellent $4M including previews at 304 locations and 29% ahead of the original.

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In China, Paramount was fully armed, energizing a major word of mouth push with fans and influencers, and organizing screenings in eight cities which culminated in a Beijing Premiere on Thursday. (More to come as we update below.)

Also new was Disney’s Cruella with $16.1M in 29 material markets, or about 60% of the offshore footprint. That’s good for a global opening of $37.4M. The film also premiered on Disney+ for an additional fee in markets where the service is available. The overseas weekend take is under the $20M projections we were hearing ahead of the debut — likely impacted by recent closures in Australia and Japan — although critical and social sentiment is encouraging. Mexico led play with a No. 1 $2.6M, followed by Korea at $2.5M in second place behind the hold of F9, and the UK bowed to $2.2M in third – there is a public holiday tomorrow as well as a school break ahead. Other No. 1s apart from Mexico include Spain, Italy and Brazil. Notably not included in this opening suite were Russia, China and France.

Last weekend’s champ, F9, retained the No. 1 spot in all markets where it has opened, adding $31M and crossing $200M internationally — and that’s something to celebrate. Behind Godzilla Vs Kong, F9 has become only the second film to the milestone this year. The estimated cume through Sunday is $229M with just those eight markets in play. The Vin Diesel-starrer took an 85% tumble in China in the sophomore frame, but held No. 1 and held off newcomers, and has cumed $185.3M locally, running ahead of Hobbs & Shaw at the comparable point in release. Korea continues to show strength with F9 at $15.2M, on par with Furious 7.

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Biden signs slate of bills aimed at supporting veterans

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“We have many obligations, but we only have one truly sacred obligation, in my view. And that is prepare those we send into harm’s way, care for their families when they’re gone and care for them and their families when they’re home,” Biden said at the bill signing event. “And that’s a lifetime commitment.”

One bill directs the Government Accountability Office to study whether there are disparities associated with race and ethnicity when it comes to Veterans Affairs compensation benefits, disability ratings and rejections of claims for benefits. Another directs the VA to recruit military medical personnel to work in federal health care occupations.

The third bill is aimed at reducing out-of-pocket education costs for surviving spouses and children of military veterans, and another piece of legislation is geared toward addressing maternal mortality among female veterans by authorizing $15 million for the VA maternity care coordination programs.

“We’ve heard from veterans of color, who upon returning home from their service, are treated differently from white veterans. This bill will help us understand how this happened, keep better records, expose the facts of the light of day and allow us to do the necessary work making sure that all of our nation’s veterans — all of them — are treated with equal dignity and equal quality throughout their entire time,” Biden said ahead of the bill signing.

Biden noted the Protecting Moms Who Served Act of 2021 was championed by Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, who is a US Army veteran who lost both of her legs while serving in Iraq, as well as Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine and others. Duckworth is the first female double-amputee to serve in the Senate and was also the first senator to give birth while in office.

Biden also noted the legislation was one of Vice President Kamala Harris’ “pet projects” when she was a senator.

“Our country continues to have the highest maternal mortality rates in the developed world … especially among Black and Native American women. For many years, Vice President Harris has led the fight to address this tragedy in maternal mortality in our nation,” Biden said.

The President was joined at the White House by Harris, Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough, members of Congress and advocates.

“Earlier this month, I commemorated Veterans Day at Arlington National Cemetery. On that solemn day, we lay a wreath and renew our oath,” Biden said. “But keeping faith with American veterans required much more than laying wreaths or making more oaths. It requires acts. That’s what you’ve done today, all of you. Acts.”

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Karnataka: Make Covid-19 vax compulsory to get electricity and rations, says panel | Bengaluru News

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BENGALURU: The Covid-19 Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) has suggested that the state make full vaccination mandatory for people to avail various benefits, including rations, water and electricity, from the government. This follows concerns over the possible spread of Omicron, the new SARS-CoV-2 variant of concern, and experts pushing to ensure all eligible people above the age of 18 years are completely vaccinated to prevent the pandemic situation from spiralling out of control.
TAC members met health minister K Sudhakar on Tuesday and submitted a slew of new recommendations, based on discussions at its 136th meeting on Monday (November 29).
The report recommends that to draw government benefits like rations from the public distribution system, electricity, domestic LPG, salaries, pensions, awarding of contracts and even petrol and diesel at bunks, one must be fully vaccinated. Incidentally, the Centre has insisted that the vaccine is not mandatory, although it has urged people to take the shot.
Karnataka has so far covered 91.5% of the total eligible population with the first dose, while second-dose coverage crossed 60% on Tuesday.
As reported by TOI earlier, the TAC had also recommended that the government refuse free treatment in private hospitals for people who contract the disease and are not vaccinated. They can only be treated in government hospitals. The TAC has also suggested that the government conduct special vaccination drives in shopping malls, bus stands, railways stations, hotels and lodges, and at exhibitions.
While the state has mandated that only fully vaccinated people can enter film theatres, implementation has been lax with theatre personnel not asking cinemagoers for vaccination certificates.
Yet to decide
After his meeting with the TAC on Tuesday, Sudhakar said that there have been suggestions that those who do not receive the second dose should not have access to malls, theatres and the government should take a decision on non-payment of treatment in a private hospital. “We are yet to take any decision on these recommendations,” he told reporters.
Most of the recommendations are already in force in states like Maharashtra. From Sunday (November 28), the Maharashtra government mandated that full vaccination certificate is needed to use public transport such as buses, autos, taxis and trains. People must also furnish a vaccination certificate to enter malls, theatres, shops or any establishment where the public have a right to service.
In Madhya Pradesh, double vaccination was made mandatory to purchase liquor from November 19 onwards.
When contacted a top bureaucrat said that TAC’s suggestion on cutting water and power supply cannot be implemented. “Experts have suggested what they have discussed,” the official said. “We cannot force anyone to take the vaccine. Instead, we must educate people on the benefits of vaccination and explain to them that the vaccine has effectively prevented Covid deaths across the country.” The official said efforts are being made to get people who are hesitant to take the vaccine.

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