In its opening weekend, Marvel's #BlackWidow made $80 million in box office, and also reported $60 million in grosses from Disney+, where it was also available.…
But the second weekend drop made theaters question how sustainable it is for studios to release films simultaneously at home and in theaters rather than giving multiplexes the weeks of breathing room they’re used to.

Read our analysis:…
Not many expected the poorly-reviewed “Space Jam: A New Legacy” to pull off a win over #BlackWidow

More on that second weekend drop — with some critical context:…
Theaters are worried about what this means for the future.

A closer look at what’s at stake for L.A.’s boutique cinemas.…
Why or why not did you see #BlackWidow in theaters?
Still not ready to watch movies outside the comfort of your home?

Comments are open in @ryanfaughnder’s story.…

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The fugitives were property of Manning Beef, last meatpacker of its kind in L.A.

Column by @GustavoArellano:…
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@JMBooyah reports:…
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