American Dreamz tanks, opening in ninth place

The movie that pretends to parody American Idol crashed and burned at the box office this past weekend.

According to final numbers, American Dreamz brought in just $3,667,420, an average of $2,444 on each of 1,500 screens, according to Box Office Mojo. In international theatres, it earned $1,203,140, for a total of $4,870,560. The film’s budget was $17 million.

The Washington Post’s Lisa de Moraes does the math and says “it would appear that slightly fewer than 600,000 people went to see ‘American Dreamz’ in its opening weekend.” She also reports on Idol executive producer Ken Warwick’s thoughts about the movie, which he gave during a conference call with reporters. “‘What fascinated me is that every single person’ with a role in the film has gone on a talk show and said they’ve never seen ‘American Idol’ … He speculated that the actors were all told by the studio, ‘Whatever you do, don’t say you’d seen [‘Idol’]’ or that it ‘influenced your performance in any way.'”

‘Idol’ Parody Hits Sour Note at the Box Office [Washington Post]
Weekend Box Office Results, April 21-23, 2006 and American Dreamz (2006) [Box Office Mojo]

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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