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Democrat and Chronicle from Rochester, New York · Page B6

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6B E3 USA TODAY—DEMOCRATANDCHRONICLE MONDAY,OCTOBER19,2015 LIFELINE MONEY AUTOS TRAVEL SPORTS LIFE USA SNAPSHOTS © Free to freeload 64% of parents say their kids don’t carry their weight on household chores. Source Zipit Bedding survey of 917 U.S. adults TERRY BYRNE AND PAUL TRAP, USA TODAY When it came to the box o ce, i t would have been wise to bet on b lack. Jack Black. Goosebumps , starring Black as children’s horror author R.L. Stine, stormed its way to $23.5 million at the weekend box o ce and No. 1 in a crowded field of quality film openings, according to studio estimates. Families turned out for the p re-Halloween tale, which Black tirelessly promoted — from sing- i ng on late-night TV with Stephen Colbert to performing a Goosebumps -themed rap on the Internet. “Jack Black was everywhere with his bigger-than-life personality,” says Rentrak senior analyst P aul Dergarabedian. “He really was the best marketing resource, atireless showman and a large p art of the No. 1 opening.” Goosebumps scored 71% posit ive reviews from critics on RottenTomatoes.comand re- c eived an A from audiences on CinemaScore. T he Martian and Matt Damon continued to play strong, taking second place with $21.5 million after the Ridley Scott-directed fi lm won the past two weekends for a box o ce total of $143.8 million. S teven Spielberg and Tom Hanks’ real-life Cold War drama Bridge of Spies opened surprisingly strong with $15.4 million a nd third place. “The Cold War is especially not a n easy sell. So this was a good start,” says Je Bock, box o ce analyst for Exhibitor Relations. “And Spielberg will have a long r un in theaters, especially with any awards considerations. This could play through the year.” G uillermo del Toro’s Gothic love story Crimson Peak , starring T om Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain and Mia Wasikowska, under- p erformed in fourth place with $12.8 million. T he tepid start for the admired d irector hurts Crimson Peak “be- c ause it has a short shelf life,” Bock says. “Horror films traditionally gross most of their mon- e y in their opening weekends.” A nimated Hotel Transylvania 2 r ounded out the top five, continuing to pull in audiences in its fourth weekend with $12.3 million ($136.4 million total). With Adam Sandler voicing Dracula and Mel Brooks as his vampire father, the comedy is benefiting from seasonal family interest. Room , the early awards favorite s tarring Brie Larson and newcomer Jacob Tremblay as a m other and son escaping a trapped life in a single room, had astrong limited opening in four New York and Los Angeles theaters for $120,000, a $30,000 per- screen average. Steve Jobs , directed by Danny B oyle and starring Michael Fassbender as the iconic Apple co-founder, opened in 60 addi- t ional theaters ahead of next weekend’s wide release. The dram a earned $1.5 million ($2.3 million total) in its second weekend. F inal numbers are expected Monday. MOVIES Jack Black raises ‘Goosebumps’; ‘Peak’ falls fl at Bryan Alexander @BryAlexand USA TODAY HOPPER STONE, COLUMBIA PICTURES The creatures taking over the town in Goosebumps managed t o take over the box o ce for No. 1 this weekend. NEWYORK It’s the 9 a.m. hour and o -camera, Today show co- hosts Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie are good-naturedly teasing each other about the day this month they helped build a playground in Passaic, N.J. “Matt had to do all the tricky labor when we were doing the build. Nobody really wanted to trust me with the bolts. I would do one and Matt was like, ‘You’re going to check what she did, right?’” Guthrie says with a laugh d uring a chat in Lauer’s o ce in R ockefeller Center. S ays Lauer: “We had engineers f ollow Savannah around and c heck all the nuts.” B ut joking aside, the project — bringing a state-of-the-art playground to what was once a vast v acant lot in the center of Passaic —is one in which the anchors take serious pride. The just-completed community playground grew out of the NBC morning show’s charitable Shine a Light program. The Today show also has teamed up with USA TODAY on Make a Di erence Day 2015 Oct. 24. The annual event is the nation’s largest day of community service as thousands of volunteers across the USA work to improve the lives of others. Volunteering, Guthrie says, has rewards beyond writing a check. “It’s a classic situation where you get far more out of it than you put into it. It also is eye-opening in terms of how you look at your own life and what you think your problems are.” The project began over a y ear ago with Lauer, 57, and G uthrie, 43, taking a group of Passaic kids to a leafy playground i n West Orange, N.J., where they c ould let their imaginations run wild. In a touching video, the city kids talk about being afraid to go outside because they don’t feel safe and of having nowhere to play. Some of their ideas — including a wishing well — were incorporated into the Passaic playground. The city was chosen, Lauer says, because it has many needs and because community leaders w ere receptive. A non-pro fi t organization called KaBoom!, which creates play opportunities for poor kids, signed on. Passaic held bake sales to raise money, a nd corporate donations helped p urchase inventive, modern rend itions of swing sets and slides and seesaws. “ Where it was gray, it’s now c olorful; where there was nothing, there’s now something just inspiring and beautiful,” Guthrie says of the space across from a school. As parents, it touched both Lauer and Guthrie to see the Passaic kids so happy the day the playground opened. Guthrie’s daughter just turned 1(“I made her a cake which let me tell you was an event in itself, b ecause I am not known for my cooking skills”) and is just starting to walk. “One of the things I can’t wait to do with her is to take her to a park and let her play on t he swings and meet other kids,” G uthrie says. “I think it’s some- t hing you can easily take for granted. And then you realize t here are a lot of kids for whom t hat is just not an option.” Lauer, who has three children, says he grew up in a Norman Rockwell world and now has perks and privileges a orded a highly paid morning-show star. And he believes that privilege should be used to help others. “I can use the exposure that I have to make a di erence in other people’s lives, and sometimes it’s not that di cult,” he says. “Some- t imes it just means showing up for a couple of hours on an afternoon and showing people in a community that you’re with them.” PHOTOS BY PETER KRAMER, NBC NEWSWIRE Savannah Guthrie tests the equipment at the Passaic, N.J., p layground she and co-host Matt Lauer helped build. GUTHRIE AND LAUER TAKE PLAY SERIOUSLY PEOPLE ‘Today’ hosts join community e ort to build playground Jocelyn McClurg @JocelynMcClurg USA TODAY Today hosts Lauer and Guthrie make handprints in mosaic stepping stones that lead to the butterfly garden at the playground. JOIN THE EFFORT M AKEADIFFERENCEDAY.COM Find out how you can join aproject, or start your own. John Lithgow is 70. Jon Favreau is 49. Chris Kattan is 45. Compiled by Cindy Clark IT’S YOUR BIR THDAY WHO’S CELEBR A TING T ODAY? PHOTOS BY GETTY IMAGES A little rain on the red carpet? No problem! Not to mention no umbrella holder for Ellen Page, who took matters into her own hands Sunday at the ‘Freeheld’ screening for the 10th Rome Film Fest. CAUGHT IN THE ACT VITTORIO ZUNINO CELOTTO, GETTY IMAGES Kate Winslet looked stunning at the ‘Steve Jobs’ closing night gala Sunday at the BFI London Film Festival. The svelte star dazzled in a one-shoulder Alexander McQueen gown and chic updo. ST YLE ST AR BEN STANSALL, AFP/GETTY IMAGES One of film ’ s most suc cessful senior s, Michael Douglas, is being honored by AARP. The Oscar- winning actor and pr oducer , 71, will be given this year’s AARP’s Movies For Grownups Career Achievement A war d. The multimedia award recognizes filmmakers, performers and movies that resonate with the 50-plus audience . Douglas will receive the honor Feb. 8at a ceremony hosted by ‘AARP The Magazine ’ at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles. Sixteen additional awards, including best actor, best actress and best director, also will be presented. AW ARD TRACKER AARP ACHIEVEMENT DAN MACMEDAN, USA TODAY

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