Storms of Different Kinds

The expected titans dominated the box office (STAR WARS, MADAGASCAR, LONGEST YARD), but our man Jet Li’s UNLEASHED did not fare too badly, dropping 49% in its third weekend and demonstrating a little resilience.

The flick has accumulated $22.1 million in its US run. Box Office Guru notes that UNLEASHED is the most successful yet for fledgling label Rogue Pictures, an off-shoot of Focus Features, which itself is under the Universal Studios banner.

* Travel Update *

Fighting some kind of illness, I managed to drive 600 miles today, but still have another 600 to go tomorrow, so it’s early to bed for me.

I pulled into a nice little town called Santa Rosa, New Mexico, which lies between Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Amarillo, Texas. Within half an hour a hail storm beat down upon the town. The motel clerk said that one of the West-bound guests had their windshield smashed by hail on the way in, so I’ve been counting my blessings and checking the storm warily from my window.

Not much to do about it except worry.

Santa Rosa Storm - Image copyright 2005 Peter A. MartinSanta Rosa Storm Clear - Image copyright 2005 Peter A. Martin

Update #2: All clear. The photo on the right was taken 15 minutes after the photo on the left.

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