Columbus Day 2012

10.08.12 | Sonny Delfyette | Comments[0]

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Retired astronaut Mark Kelly is out with a new children's book called "Mousetronaut: A Partially True Story."  He talked with WOR's "The John Gambling Show" in New York about his own experiences that inspired him to become a part of space exploration.  He says he was inspired to be an astronaut when he saw Neil Armstrong walk on the moon. Kelly's Mousetronaut book tells the story of a small mouse who gets his wish to travel to outer space and is a charming tale of perseverance and courage.  Kelly also talked with "The John Gambling Show" about the perseverance and courage of his wife, former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords who was shot in the head by Jared Lee Loughner.  He says she remains positive on her road to recovery and hopes to one day get back to work.

Liam Neeson has "taken" hold of the box office once again this weekend.  The Irish actor's latest thriller, "Taken 2," came out on top with an estimated 50-million-dollars in ticket sales in the U.S. and Canada.  That was good enough for the third best October opening ever, behind only "Paranormal Activity 3" and "Jackass 3-D."  The sequel to Neeson's 2008 hit "Taken" knocks last week's number one, "Hotel Transylvania," out of the top spot.  The animated film, featuring the voices of Adam Sandler and Selena Gomez, falls to number two after bringing in another 26-point-three-million-dollars.  "Pitch Perfect," meanwhile, climbs two spots to number three after expanding nationwide this weekend.  The comedy about a college all-girls singing group, starring Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson, earned 14-point-seven-million-dollars.

Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt's sci-fi thriller "Looper" drops to number four with ticket sales of 12-point-two-million-dollars, while Tim Burton's "Frankenweenie" rounds out the top five with a debut of eleven-point-five-million dollars.  

Here are the top ten films at the weekend box office:

1. "Taken 2" -- 50-million-dollars
2. "Hotel Transylvania" -- 26-point-three-million-dollars
3. "Pitch Perfect" -- 14-point-seven-million-dollars
4. "Looper" -- 12-point-two-million-dollars
5. "Frankenweenie" -- eleven-point-five-million dollars
6. "End of Watch" -- four-million-dollars
7. "Trouble with the Curve" -- three-point-nine-million-dollars
8. "House at the End of the Street" -- three-point-seven-million-dollars
9. "The Master" -- one-point-eight-million-dollars
10. "Finding Nemo (3D)" -- one-point-six-million-dollars

Today in 1871, the Great Chicago Fire began.  Here are some more facts about the disaster.

FACT:  The Great Chicago Fire was one of the biggest disasters in the U.S. in the 19th century.
FACT:  The Great Chicago Fire raged for two days, killing 250 people and causing nearly 200-million dollars in damage.
FACT:  One of the stars on the Chicago city flag commemorates the Great Chicago Fire.
FACT:  While the Great Chicago Fire started in a barn, it was never confirmed that the blaze was sparked by Mrs. O'Leary's cow kicking over a lantern.

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