Abominable Grabs Top Slot At Box Office Ahead Of Joker's Release

Abominable Grabs Top Slot At Box Office Ahead Of Joker's Release

The dominance of sequels, reboots, and franchise movies is such that this week’s US box office No. 1 is only the third original release to top the chart this year. The animated adventure Abominable follows Us and Good Boys, but with an estimated $20.8 million debut, it still fell short of both those films’ opening take. Nevertheless, it’s a solid debut for the film, and gave Universal its seventh No. 1 of the year, which is the largest number for any studio in 2019. It’s likely to be short-lived however, with Joker set for release this Friday.The spin-off of TV show Downton Abbey Downton Abbey dropped one place to No.2, earning an estimated $14.5 million, bringing its US total to $58.5 million. The film has also done very well overseas, and its worldwide total now stands at $107.1 million, from an estimated budget of just $20 million. The acclaimed crime drama Hustlers continued to perform well, making another $11 million in its third week of release to climb back to No. 3. The Top 5 was rounded out by the horror hit It: Chapter 2 at No.4, while the Brad Pitt-starring sci-fi drama Ad Astra dropped to fifth place.The week’s only other new entry was the Judy Garland biopic Judy, starring Renee Zellweger. The film had strong reviews and opened with an impressive $3.09 million from just 461 screens; it will expand to more theaters next week. Elsewhere in the chart, Rambo: Last Blood fell to No. 6, while Good Boys, The Lion King, and Angel has Fallen were at No. 8, 9, and 10 respectively.Top 10 Films in the US for the weekend of September 27 -September 29 (via Box Office Mojo):Abominable $20,850,000Downton Abbey $14,500,000Hustlers $11,470,000It: Chapter Two $10,400,000Ad Astra $10,143,000Rambo: Last Blood $8,575,000Judy $3,091,417Good Boys $2,010,000The Lion King $1,603,000Angel has Fallen $1,535,000
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Samsung's 8K TVs Get Big Price Drops (But They're Still a Bit Pricey)

Samsung's 8K TVs Get Big Price Drops (But They're Still a Bit Pricey)

OK, granted, no one needs an 8K TV. Buuuuuut… if you have money to burn, you’re not likely to be disappointed by Samsung’s line of Q900 8K televisions. They offer a jaw-dropping picture, plus the next-gen consoles are almost certain to offer 8K capability, so you’ll be ahead of the curve when those arrive. Better yet, both Amazon and Walmart have just lowered prices on these bad boys, saving you up to 40% off list price, and bringing them down to their lowest prices ever. Samsung Q900 Series QLED 8K TVs Are Up to 40% Off 55-Inch Model – $2197.99 at Walmart | Amazon Continue reading…
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Destiny 2 Down For Maintenance Until Shadowkeep Releases

Destiny 2 Down For Maintenance Until Shadowkeep Releases

The release of Destiny 2’s new Shadowkeep expansion is imminent. In preparation for the release, Bungie is taking down the game and its predecessor entirely for server maintenance to rollout the update that will usher in Shadowkeep. [Update: The maintenance period has begun, which will render Destiny 2 unplayable for a 24-hour period. Servers will be back online with the release of Shadowkeep and New Light on Tuesday, October 1, at 10 AM PT–you can see what time that is in your timezone below.]Bungie tweeted a note regarding the outage, saying that both Destiny and Destiny 2 servers will be offline starting at 9:45 AM PT until October 1 at 10 AM PT. At that point update 2.6.0.1 will become available and both Shadowkeep and the free-to-play New Light version will be available.Today (09/30) at 9:45 AM PDT, Destiny 1 and 2 will be brought offline to undergo maintenance for D2 Update 2.6.0.1. Players will be unable to log in until 10/01 at 10 AM PDT when Update 2.6.0.1 becomes available.More info: https://t.co/Ocy0lFdnE0 — Bungie Help (@BungieHelp) September 30, 2019Destiny 2 Server Maintenance Start Time9:45 AM PT12:45 PM PT5:45 PM BST2:45 AM AET (October 1)What Time Does Destiny 2: Shadowkeep Come Out?October 1 @ 10 AM PTOctober 1 @ 1 PM ETOctober 1 @ 6 PM BSTOctober 2 @ 3 AM AET (October 2)That timeline gives you just a little more time to prepare for Shadowkeep by trashing and consolidating items that will be changed by the new expansion, like multiple copies of weapons mods. If you miss the boat on doing that prep work, don’t worry too much. Shadowkeep is going to introduce a number of enhancements so you’ll catch up with new and better loot quickly enough.The new expansion will nerf some of the best current weapons, but it will also ease the grind for getting high-level rewards. You can also look forward to tougher Nightfall missions that will offer better loot. If you’re brand new to Destiny 2 completely, the New Light version introduces it as a F2P game with loads of content available for free.For more details on Shadowkeep, check out our pre-order guide.
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Destiny 2 Servers Going Down For Maintenance Until Shadowkeep Releases

Destiny 2 Servers Going Down For Maintenance Until Shadowkeep Releases

The release of Destiny 2’s new Shadowkeep expansion is imminent. In preparation for the release, Bungie is taking down the game and its predecessor entirely for server maintenance to rollout the update that will usher in Shadowkeep.Bungie tweeted a note regarding the outage, saying that both Destiny and Destiny 2 servers will be offline starting at 9:45 AM PT until October 1 at 10 AM PT. At that point update 2.6.0.1 will become available and both Shadowkeep and the free-to-play New Light version will be available.Today (09/30) at 9:45 AM PDT, Destiny 1 and 2 will be brought offline to undergo maintenance for D2 Update 2.6.0.1. Players will be unable to log in until 10/01 at 10 AM PDT when Update 2.6.0.1 becomes available.More info: https://t.co/Ocy0lFdnE0 — Bungie Help (@BungieHelp) September 30, 2019Destiny 2 Server Maintenance Start Time9:45 AM PT 12:45 PM PT5:45 PM BST2:45 AM AET (October 1)What Time Does Destiny 2: Shadowkeep Come Out?October 1 @ 10 AM PTOctober 1 @ 1 PM ETOctober 1 @ 6 PM BSTOctober 2 @ 3 AM AET (October 2)That timeline gives you just a little more time to prepare for Shadowkeep by trashing and consolidating items that will be changed by the new expansion, like multiple copies of weapons mods. If you miss the boat on doing that prep work, don’t worry too much. Shadowkeep is going to introduce a number of enhancements so you’ll catch up with new and better loot quickly enough.The new expansion will nerf some of the best current weapons, but it will also ease the grind for getting high-level rewards. You can also look forward to tougher Nightfall missions that will offer better loot. If you’re brand new to Destiny 2 completely, the New Light version introduces it as a F2P game with loads of content available for free.For more details on Shadowkeep, check out our pre-order guide.
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Xbox One Gets Google Assistant Support

Xbox One Gets Google Assistant Support

Microsoft has added another option for your Xbox One digital assistant, expanding to include Google Assistant. The public beta is available today for English customers, and it will expand more broadly later this fall.Instructions for how to join the beta are available in the official announcement. It involves joining the Google Group with the account you plan to use, and then adding your Xbox One with your Google Home app for mobile devices. Once it’s set up, you can use the assistant to perform actions like starting a game or app, turning on or off your Xbox, adjust the volume, or take a screenshot. The instructions also note that the default name for your console is “Xbox” but you can change the name in case you have multiple consoles in one house.The Google Assistant support follows Xbox Skill support for Alex and Microsoft’s own Cortana. Aside from being a convenience feature, Microsoft promotes voice support as an accessibility feature. The company has been promoting its accessibility recently, most notably with the creation of its adaptive controller.Microsoft recently debuted new hardware bundles, including Forza Horizon 4 bundles and an upcoming one to accompany the Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order release.
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Marvel's Disney Plus Shows Will Have MCU Movie Budgets

Marvel's Disney Plus Shows Will Have MCU Movie Budgets

Marvel’s Disney+ shows, such as The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and Wandavision, will have budgets comparable to Marvel’s MCU movies. Variety reports that Marvel Studios is putting movie-scale budgets behind each of the Disney+ projects, meaning something around the $100-150 million mark. With each of these seasons running between six and eight episodes, this would place episode budgets at between approximately $12m and $25m. For comparison, Variety reported in 2014 that the first slate of Marvel Netflix shows – the debut seasons of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist – had a budget total of $200million, equating to $3.8 million per episode. That’s significantly lower than the money being set aside for the new Marvel shows; effectively one season of Disney+ Marvel costs as much as two or three of the Netflix shows. Continue reading…
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Bungie Will Release At Least One Non-Destiny Game by 2025

Bungie Will Release At Least One Non-Destiny Game by 2025

The next expansions for Destiny 2, “Shadowkeep” is out this week and IGN was able to speak with Bungie CEO Pete Parsons about the studio, and specifically on its plan to become one of the “best entertainment companies” in the world by the year 2025. Destiny 2 Shadowkeep marks a turning point for the Destiny franchise. It is the first major expansion Bungie has released following its split with ex-partner Activision. “You think this is going to be a really big stressor, but it’s become a really bright shining spot on our ability to bring products to the marketplace and customers,” Parsons tells IGN in an interview. Continue reading…
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Warface Devs Unveil The Titan Update And Future Plans

Warface Devs Unveil The Titan Update And Future Plans

Following Warface’s return to consoles last year, the free-to-play online shooter’s overall scope and player-base have grown steadily. With that said, developer Blackwood Games–taking over for Crytek Kiev–have got much more in store for the future of Warface. This next phase kicks off with the Titan update, which introduces a new class known as the SED and additional events for your squad of soldiers to take on; one of these will take your team to Mars. Before the reveal of Titan update, we got some hands-on time with the game’s new character-class in a PvE game-mode, which you can watch above.As the poster-boy of the Titan update, the SED class is Warface’s take on the familiar heavy archetype. Wielding large weapons like miniguns and a grenade launcher, the SED can mow down tons of enemies and lay down suppressive fire. Unlike the other classes, the SED is a fully cybernetic character, and with that comes some noticeable changes to squad-coordination. The SED can soak up a lot of damage while dishing it out in kind, yet it can still be taken out when overwhelmed. While other classes use Medics to stay in good health, the SED can only be revived by Engineers.Along with the next class, Titan will mark the beginning of new PvP updates, co-op missions, and time-sensitive events for the remainder of 2019. One of these limited-time events is set on Mars, allowing players to face off against rivals in PvP engagements with low-gravity and special blaster weapons. The online shooter will also receive several quality-of-life changes. One of these upgrades comes in the form of the new movement systems, which will overhaul player locomotion and hit-detection. Another inclusion is the new PvE mode called Arena, pitting a squad against waves of enemies in an enclosed space. The SED class will mark the beginning of the slew of updates coming to Warface. Other new updates include a new battle pass and seasonal events, including one focusing on Halloween. As of this time, exact dates for when these new modes and features will launch have yet to be revealed. However, players interested in getting an early look at the update can try it out during the public testing period sometime in October.At its debut in 2013, Warface was playable on PC and Xbox 360, but the console version was eventually discontinued. Following the shutdown, Warface on PC refined and…
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