The Call Sheet sifts through the day's glut of Hollywood news to find the stories even non-industry types care about. Today: a wildly talked-out about show wasn't watched that much, James Cameron is huge in China, and the Tribeca Film Festival picks some strange judges.
The much-ballyhooed Hot in Cleveland prequel Girls premiered on HBO last night in the wake of mountains of breathless blog coverage, and after all of that it did... just OK. The show raked in 1.1 million viewers, lower than Eastbound & Down's season/series finale, which came in at 1.6 million. So it's not exactly an enormous TV phenomenon, despite what internet coverage might suggest. It's just a modestly viewed HBO comedy. Oh well. That's that. Guess we'll just... Talk about something else now, I guess. Hm. Um... Anyone, I dunno, read a good book recently or anything? [Entertainment Weekly]
From a fizzle to a sizzle! (Shoot me.) James Cameron's big rerelease
The Abyss: Now Even Longer Titanic 3D has earned the biggest opening for any film ever in China. Splish-splashing into theaters all across China this weekend, the film earned a whopping (for China) $67 million, well ahead of expectations. The big opening beats the previous record of $56 million, earned last year by Your Highness. No, just kidding, it was Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Well done, Mr. Cameron! Though, should we be concerned that the Chinese apparently love to watch Americans die in horrible accidents? Suspicious, don't you think? [The Hollywood Reporter]