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SPOILER ALERT: The story includes details about the Season 2 finale of ABC’s A Million Little Things.
A jam-packed Season 2 finale of ABC’s A Million Little Things ended in a shocking cliffhanger, with Eddie’s David Giuntoli life hanging in a balance.
A trip for more answers about his possible involvement in Alex’s death years ago pushes Eddie to a near-drinking relapse on his 10-year sobriety anniversary. He pulls it together and is on his way home to renew his vows with Katherine when he is hit by a truck while crossing the street at night.
Besides leaving Eddie’s fate up in the air, we can reveal that the cliffhanger also set a new mystery - Who hit Eddie?, in the vein of the Dallas classic season finale cliffhanger whodunit Who Shot J.R.? More on that, and the significance of the cliffhanger airing over an alternate finale ending that had been shot a little later.
Tonight’s episode is framed around Eddie and Katherine vow renewal. The ceremony’s location at the last minute is moved to the hospital after Rome and Regina get a call that Eve, the woman carrying the baby they are set to adopt, has gone into labor. Eve develops complications and is rushed to the OR for an emergency C-section but, after a few intense moments for Regina, Rome and their friends, the birth mother and the baby are OK. Rome gets to hold the little boy and he and Regina get Delilah’s blessing to name him after Jon when the new parents receive a devastating news: Eve has changed her mind and is keeping the baby. By the time Rome and Regina get home, she is unconsolable and takes it out on him.
Gary makes it official with Darcy as his girlfriend and date to the vow renewal ceremony but he still cares for Maggie who finally tells him that she loves him and asks him to go with her to Oxford, but it’s too late. Gary later follows her to the airport, and looks like he would profess his love. Which he does, in a way, but mostly wants to clear the air and remain friends. He then goes straight to Darcy’s house.
While waiting for the ceremony at the hospital, Delilah’s kids get to meet their mom’s new squeeze, hunky EMT Miles who gets thumbs-up by the entire group.
In light of the difficult labor and failed adoption, Katherine cancels the vow renewal. Eddie never gets there anyway because he gets an unexpected visit by Alex’s sister Colleen who urges him to stop digging in the past. He heeds the request for about two seconds before asking his sister where she had hidden the wet clothes he was wearing when she found him by the waterfront the night Alex drowned in the lake. He finds them and in the jean pocket is the bracelet he had given Alex earlier that summer which she wore everywhere. Convinced that he is somehow responsible for her death, Eddie heads to a bar and...
How’s this for an Oscar bounce? “Parasite” Neon, per IndieWire sources, grossed $500,000 Monday. It placed as the #4 film overall, with the highest per-screen average of any non-platform release. That’s up from #11 for the weekend, where it grossed $1,560,000. That puts it at $36 million and counting.
It did $159,000 last Monday, so on the same number of screens the gross tripled. Its Sunday gross was $433,000, with an average Monday normally seeing a 70% or greater drop. Instead, it improved. The number appears to be a bigger figure than any day after Best Picture win since “The King’s Speech” in 2011.
And that comes at the same time both Amazon and iTunes list “Parasite” as the #1 movie rental on their home viewing sites. Though not unusual for a next-day response, a subtitled film leading these charts is nearly unprecedented.
That compares to its rival “1917,” which grossed over $800,000 Monday after $9.2 million over the weekend. And of course, “1917” is a theater-only release for now.
“Parasite” is expected to expand to over 1,800 theaters this weekend, its widest count by far for its whole run. That could place it back in the Top Ten with its best-ever weekend gross. And based on the Monday numbers, a $10 million or greater additional haul could be possible.
In recent years, it has been standard for films that debut by mid-November to transition to home platforms by the time they win. But theaters are happy to cater to viewers who prefer seeing winners on screen, although often with truncated schedules. For the last seven years, only one Best Picture added more than $7 million post win: “Green Book.” That film was overall the biggest hit since “Argo,” and had a staggered release pattern that brought it to $69.6 million by Oscar night, then added another $14.5 million just over 20% to reach $85 million. But again, “Parasite” did better its day after winning.
“Parasite” winning four Oscars, including Best Picture the first non-English language film to do this, will have effects well beyond the film itself. In the meantime, It will significantly raise revenue for Neon and its overseas producers.
With $35,532,000 in through Sunday in its 18th week, “Parasite” already lapped earlier independent Best Picture winner “Moonlight” by over $7 million. It is around $10 million under “Spotlight” four years ago, a bit less behind “Birdman,” and far ahead of “The Hurt Locker” which adjusted to current ticket prices did around $21 million.
None of these had the perceived consumer handicap of subtitles....