The two highest-grossing movies of 2012 (which saw the highest domestic box office figure of all time) were unavoidable: “The Avengers” and “The Dark Knight Rises.” People—especially on the Internet—spent months talking about them, nearly everyone had an opinion, good, bad or indifferent, but everyone knew they were in theaters. The converse, then, should be true of the year’s lowest-grossing titles: even the worst movies attract a certain percentage of viewers looking to bask in the disaster, so for something to really gross a truly tiny amount of money, it stands to reason that it be something no one’s ever heard of. The two lowest-grossing movies of 2012 certainly fit this bill.
Coming in at #655 and last on Box Office Mojo’s domestic gross list is “The Ghastly Love of Johnny X,” with a grand total of $117 (not a typo), and the delightful tagline “They Sing! They Dance! They’re Juvenile Delinquents From Outer Space,” this fantasy-comedy attracted one glowing review from /Film, but aside from that disappeared without a trace. In next-to-last place with a gross of $264 was “Playback,” an obscure (of course) but terribly-reviewed horror movie starring Christian Slater, whose distributor admitted the one-week theatrical engagement was of secondary importance to the VOD release, as is often the case with movies this far down in the rankings of domestic box office gross.
Neither “The Ghastly Love of Johnny X” nor “Playback” came close to besting the all-time low-box-office champion “Zzyxx Road,” which took in a mere $30. And, low though their grosses may certainly be, they have the honor of being the lowest grossers in the highest-grossing year on record, an honor “Zzyxx Road,” in all its glory, does not.
An Arizona county is considering a plan to remove the metal detector at itsadministration building and allow people to freely carry guns at the location as they carry out government business.
Mohave County added the walk-through metal detector and gun lockers a few years ago, subjecting people to security and forcing them to stow their guns before entering the building. But the county is now exploring an idea to let people carry guns in the building.
At a meeting Wednesday, the northwest Arizona county’s board of supervisors directed staff to evaluate the idea, The Daily Miner reports (http://bit.ly/Z3yfTV)
“I think the staff and the citizens have a right to provide for their own protection,” Supervisor Steve Moss said.
Arizona law allows local governments to direct people carrying guns to leave them in their car or lock them in a lock box before entering a government building.
“An armed society is a polite society,” Mohave Valley resident Roy Hagemyer said. “No one’s going to come in here shooting up the place if they know there might be 40 other people with guns.”
Guns were banned in the county administration building in March 2010 after a protest outside the location, the newspaper reported.
In separate action, the board drew applause from people in the audience when it put a moratorium on enforcing the county’s dress code for meeting attendees and directed aides to prepare a shorter version for the board to consider.
The dress code prohibited halter tops, tank tops, mini-skirts, short shorts, anything that would leave underwear exposed and clothing that advertised alcohol, drugs, tobacco or has offensive language printed on it. All tattoos with advertising or offensive language had to be covered.
It also outlawed all hats and head coverings unless a person had religious or medical exception.
Since it was approved in 2010, the dress code has been twisted to prohibit wearing any article of clothing with an American flag on it, Supervisor Hildy Angius said.
“Personally I don’t care what you wear. I think we should get rid of this,” Angius said.
Moss suggested a “no shirt, no shoes, no service” policy.
Actor Patrick Dempsey said it appears his bid to buy a small coffee chain has prevailed in a bankruptcy auction that included Starbucks Corp.
Late Thursday night, Dempsey announced that his company, Global Baristas LLC, made the winning bid for Tully’s Coffee. He noted in a KOMO-TV interview that a bankruptcy judge will have the final say on Jan. 11. Still, Dempsey tweeted “We got it! Thank you Seattle!”
Dempsey’s company will pay $9,150,000 for Tully’s and complete the purchase later this month after the court hearing, he said in a statement.
“I’m thrilled that we won and I’m even more excited about saving Tully’s Coffee and its hundreds of jobs,” he said. “Tully’s is a great company with committed employees, and with its base in Seattle, one of the world’s greatest cities, I’m confident we will be able to successfully build the brand and help grow the economy. ”
Tully’s Coffee has 47 company-owned locations in Washington and California. The company, with more than 500 employees, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in October.
Dempsey, who gained the nickname “McDreamy” on the TV show “Grey’s Anatomy” set in a fictional Seattle hospital, has said he wants to rescue the chain.
“Seattle has been very good to me over my career, and I am honored to have the privilege to own Tully’s and work closely with the company’s employees,” he said in his statement.
After Thursday’s auction, Starbucks spokesman Zack Hutson confirmed his company participated and “is currently in a back-up position” for some of Tully’s assets. The final certification of the winning bid won’t occur until the Jan. 11 bankruptcy court hearing, Hutson said.
“We have to wait until next week to make sure everything — I believe the 11th — to make sure it’s all finalized,” Dempsey told KOMO-TV.
The Starbucks spokesman said his company made an offer for 13 of Tully’s company-owned stores in the Puget Sound region plus 12 outlets at Boeing Co. sites. Hutson said another bidder made an offer for all other assets — and is in a back-up position for those.
Also in the running was Baristas Coffee, which operates a chain of drive-thru espresso stands featuring female employees in skimpy outfits.
Both Starbucks and Tully’s are based in Seattle.
The auction process was not public.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie rang in the New Year in classic Christie style — by ranting and doling out tough straight talk. But there was something different in Christie’s tone at a Wednesday press conference. Rather than railing against President Obama and runaway spending, Christie took direct aim at his fellow Republicans, blaming the GOP-led Congress for not moving fast enough to approve aid to states recovering from Hurricane Sandy.
Christie loves being able to show he is not part of the Washington problem, that he will defend the people of his state against the likes of Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio. Just as Christie did not want to tarnish himself with the Mitt Romney brand last year, he does not want to tarnish his chances with the Boehner brand this year. Indeed, the only brand the governor is concerned with is the Chris Christie brand.
But is there a risk in alienating Boehner and the Republican party? And when (or if) Christie runs for president, do Americans really want a yeller-in-chief? What are his next steps? Check out this week’s Top Line to find out.