The sequel’s $145 million in domestic ticket sales on its opening weekend dwarfed the original’s, but turnout fell slightly short of expectations.
The Writers Guild said that the near-unanimous backing of its members allowed for “unprecedented gains,” including $130 million more for its members.
A small cable property, Sprout, will soon become Universal Kids. The goal: to create an “umbrella brand” for TV cartoons, animated films and theme park attractions.
By Tuesday, TV and movie writers could create the entertainment industry’s first major work stoppage in a decade. But differences between the business climates now and then offer hope for a deal.