Hong Kong Disneyland is averaging 10,000 visitors a day, and Disney's best efforts at publicity aside ("We are in a soft opening phase...our prospects are very good"), that's a far cry from the 15,340 visitors needed to reach the government's yearly expectations. As the state government owns a majority share in the park, the Hong Kong legislature is concerned; their attempts to acquire hard data on park attendance, however, have been met with a resounding "we don't think so" from Disney officials.
In an opening weekend that Warner's distribution head is calling "nothing short of sensational", Stephen Gaghan's "it's-all-about-the-oil" thriller Syrianna made $553,372 on just five coastal screens. That's the second best per-screen opening of the year, behind The Corpse Bride.
Robert Koehler reviews In the Mix, the Usher extravaganza that wasn't screened for critics. Though that kind of move alone is usually sign that there's a quality issue (see: The Fog), Koehler finds the decision "inexplicable". "Even when Jacqueline Zambrano's ultra-predictable
script can't postpone the routine plot machinations any longer,
however, pic is never too insulting to the viewer, and works up a fair
amount of goodwill by the good graces of Usher's Will Smithian charisma
and an extremely attractive filmmaking package".