‘Jurassic World Dominion’ Receives $245 Million At International Box Office 

Universal’s “Jurassic” franchise is once again proving why it’s become one of the most popular series since the 1990’s. “Jurassic World Dominion,” the sixth installment in the long-running series, received $176 million from 72 international markets over the weekend, bringing its international total to $245 million. 

When combined with its domestic earnings of $142 million, the film currently stands with $389 million and is likely to cross the $400 million threshold soon. 

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“Dominion” opened in 57 foreign markets this past weekend, including China, which has been increasingly hostile when it comes to showing Hollywood films. The movie received $52 million in China during its opening weekend. 

China has chosen to import a very select amount of movies since the beginning of the pandemic, so “Dominion” is already set to be the biggest non-local release in 2022. 

“Other top-grossing territories include the U.K. and Ireland with $15.4 million, France with $9.7 million, Australia with $8.5 million and Germany with $7.5 million,” according to Variety.

“Dominion” had a production budget of $185 million, and a promotion budget of $100 million. 

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Another movie that’s continuing the legacy of its original cinematic predecessor is “Top Gun: Maverick,” which earned itself nearly $747 million in international box office sales, passing the original “Top Gun’s” sales of $700 million. 

Within its third weekend of release, the blockbuster starring Tom Cruise earned itself $52.7 million from 64 international markets. According to Variety, “‘Maverick’ has raked up the most tickets in the U.K. ($63 million so far), followed by Japan ($33.9 million), Australia ($32.6 million) and France ($28.7 million).”

Worldwide box office revenue has been on a high as of late. Disney’s “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” earned itself $930 million in global ticket sales after last weekend, making it the highest grossing movie of the year.

This is an especially impressive feat as both China and Russia have decided not to show the newest Marvel movie and they account for a large portion of the international box office numbers.


After Intense Court Feud, Johnny Depp and Amber Heard Look To Rebuild Images And Lives

After weeks of intense court drama between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard that was the darling of social media, a decision by the Virginia jury has finally been reached: both stars were declared to be defamed, though Depp was award $15 million (which was capped to $10.4 million) in damages while Heard was awarded $2 million.

Plenty of claims were thrown around in the trial. Depp accused Heard of defecating on their bed, punching him in the face twice, and severing his finger with a vodka bottle, forcing it to be surgically reattached. Heard accused Depp of abuse — throwing objects, slamming her against the wall, and slapping her — and sexual assault back in 2015.

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Speaking to the Associated Press, crisis mitigator Eric Dezenhall explained that while Depp may not see the star-studded heights he once enjoyed in his acting prime, he still has the chance to maintain a solid career going forward.

“Depp has a hill to climb. Heard has a mountain to climb. If Depp keeps his expectations proportional and understands that he’s unlikely to hit his former heights, he can have a solid career if he takes things slowly. After all, he was vindicated in court, not declared a saint.”

It remains to be seen how Depp will proceed. Prior to the trial, amidst the abuse allegations, Disney cut ties with Depp, who had the leading role as Jack Sparrow for the majority of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise. Similarly, Warner Brothers also cut Depp from his role as Gellert Grindelwald in “Fantastic Beasts.”

However, Depp could find himself back in Disney’s favor following the verdict. Talking to People, a former Disney executive expects Depp to return to his defining role. “There is just too much potential box-office treasure for a beloved character deeply embedded in the Disney culture.”

Jumping back into that iconic character for the most well-known mass media and entertainment conglomerate might not be “taking things slow,” but it would sure help Depp revitalize his career. Meanwhile, Heard finds herself in a much deeper hole.

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Heard didn’t suffer the losses Depp did before the trial, but it’s unknown whether she will be able to keep her role as Mera in “Aquaman 2.” Prior to the verdict, Heard’s screen time had reportedly been cut down to 10 minutes.

The diminished role was confirmed during the trial by DC president Walter Hamada, claiming the reduction was made in the early stages of the film due to Heard’s lack of chemistry with leading man Jason Momoa.

It’s clear the fans would rather Mera be recast. A petition for Warner Brothers to remove Heard from the movie, scheduled to release in March of next year, has reached 4.5 million signatures. Should it reach 6 million, it’ll become one of the top petitions on

Worst yet for Heard is her current financial situation. Appearing on NBC’s “Today,” Heard’s attorney Elaine Bredehoft said that the actresses has no means of paying the $10.4 million owed to Depp due to legal fees and reported lavish spending. According to sources, Heard is relying on her homeowner’s insurance policy to cover the cost of her current attorneys.

Between that lack of financial uncertainty and the current image of Heard — which, to some, is one that has set the growing #MeToo movement back — it might be hard to see her gaining back good publicity and work anytime soon.

Marvel Disney

Marvel Studios Signs 20-Year Deal With Genius Brand To License “Stan Lee” For Future Media Use

While legendary comic book writer Stan Lee passed away in 2018, his name and image continue to live on — and are making a hefty paycheck while they do. POW! Entertainment has entered a 20-year agreement with Marvel Studios and Genius Brand that will let Marvel Studios use his name and likeness in future enterprises.

“We are proud to be the stewards of the incredibly valuable rights to Stan Lee’s name, likeness, merchandise, and intellectual property brand,” Genius Brand chairman and CEO Andy Heyward said in a press release.

“There is no better place than Marvel and Disney where Stan should be for his movies and theme park experiences. As we enter the centennial year of Stan’s birthday, December 28, 2022, we are thrilled to see his memory and legacy will continue to delight fans through this new long-term agreement with Marvel.”

Lee had previously run into conflict with POW! Entertainment, which he co-founded back in 2001. The production company was sued for $1 billion by Lee in 2018 for allegedly forging his signatures on legal documents. He later dropped the claim months before his passing.

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“As Stan’s longtime business partner and friend, I’m looking forward to commemorating his work in this new way,” POW! Entertainment president Gill Champion said. “Building a connection with his fans is important to us and it’s a privilege to get to do that on his behalf.”

With the deal, Marvel can now use Lee’s name, image, likeness, and signature in films and television projects, along with utilizing previously recorded footage and audio of Lee. The agreement also includes exclusive rights to use Lee’s name and likeness at Disney theme parks, cruises, and experiences, along with merchandise.

Lee, 92 at the time of his death, has long been celebrated for the creation of timeless Marvel super heroes like Spider-Man, Captain America, the X-Men, Iron Man, the Hulk, and the Fantastic Four, among hundreds of other characters. Lee — who would become Marvel’s editorial director and publisher in 1972 — is also known for his defiance of censorship and the Comics Code Authority, showing that creativity couldn’t be held down.

With today’s technology, it’s now more possible than ever to portray deceased actors in projects with the use of CGI. Disney hasn’t shown to shy away from such creative decisions, as “Star Wars: Rogue One” featured digitalized versions of Peter Cushing’s Grand Moff Tarkin and Carrie Fisher’s Princess Leia.

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Still, it’s unknown whether Marvel Studios will continue to have Lee cameo in the MCU, which he did for each film in the $25 billion-earning franchise from 2008 to his death. The studio has done tributes of Lee in their projects since then, however. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Heyward stated that the audience’s feedback will play a large role in how they utilize him while protecting his legacy.

“The audience revered Stan, and if it’s done with taste and class, and respectful of who he was, [uses of his likeness] will be welcomed,” he said. “He is a beloved personality, and long after you and I are gone, he will remain the essence of Marvel.”


Johnny Depp And Amber Heard Defamation Trial Continues: Social Media Blurs The Lines Between Fact And Fiction

Celebrity exes Johnny Depp and Amber Heard are currently engrossed in a multimillion dollar defamation trial. Depp has sued Heard for $50 million on defamation charges after Heard implied Depp abused her during their marriage, leading to him losing work and social standing. Heard has also counter-sued for $100 million.

Cinema Movie Theater

How Cinemas Are Going Above And Beyond To Lure Moviegoers Back 

Compared to 2019, domestic movie ticket sales for the first four months of 2022 show a 44% decrease, however, cinemas are seeing a significant increase in ticket purchases when compared to last year. 

“Blockbuster titles like Warner Bros.′ ‘The Batman,’ Paramount’s ‘Sonic 2’ and the Marvel-Sony’s ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ have led to a 338% increase in ticket sales from 2021, reaching $1.95 billion,” according to data from Comscore.

Cinema operators were excited to hear all the new titles coming out this year, and were reassured by studios that they will continue to receive a large number of theatrical exclusives going forward. Operators were also told about the plans certain studios have for the future at CinemaCon last week. 

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The annual convention hosted at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas was seen as a major success after multiple studios expressed their excitement for showcasing a diversity of content in the coming year. 

Movie theater owners, however, have to be more individually creative in order to market their movies to citizens who are still hesitant about returning to the theater. Many theaters have offered exclusive food and drink deals, as well as flexibility regarding the content they show at the theater. 

For larger chains such as AMC, Regal, and Cinemark, live events like concerts, sports and gaming are being used to draw moviegoers back to the cinema. 

AMC announced that it would be investing $250 million into Cinionic’s laser projectors to be placed in 3,500 of its locations in the US by 2026. This technology offers brighter and crisper imaging, and makes it easier for the operators, as the bulbs don’t need to be replaced multiple times a year like more traditional projectors. 

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“We wanted to make a bold, straightforward statement to remind moviegoers of that immersive, communal, multi-sensory experience that you can only get by seeing a movie in a theater,” said Alicia Cook, director of advertising at AMC Theatres, during a CinemaCon panel.

Smaller chains with less access to large sums of money to invest in have gotten creative in creating a better theatrical experience for their audiences. 

“We are more nimble than the larger organizations. I think our superpower is eventizing but also creating those experiences around going to the movies. So, we do crazy stuff,” said Rich Daughtridge, president and CEO of Warehouse Cinemas.

Daughtridge said “promotions range from offering margaritas with movie tickets to special daddy-daughter date night showings. Mid-pandemic, we  capitalized on the release of Solstice Studio’s ‘Unhinged’ by hosting a car smash event during the film’s fifth week in theaters.”

“I think as marketers we tend to say ‘this movie is playing,’ ‘this movie is playing. I think from an engagement perspective, let’s talk a little bit more about why going to the movies is a good thing to do … I think the messaging that we are trying to do to create that engagement is more about why moviegoing makes sense versus just what movie is playing,” Daughtridge said.

Golden State Warriors Launch Golden State Entertainment To Produce Documentaries, Music, And Events

The Golden State Warriors have announced the launch of Golden State Entertainment (GSE), a new affiliate company that will be used to create original content and tell compelling stories that are “rooted in and transcend the world of sports and entertainment,” according to the NBA

GSE announced that they will be producing documentaries, collaborating with recording artists on musical releases and new marketing/partnership opportunities, as well as hosting a slew of culturally relevant events that speak specifically to the Bay Area, as well as the world. 

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David Kelly is the Warriors Chief Legal Officer, and will now also be the Chief Business Officer of Golden State Entertainment.

“It is an honor to be a part of this new chapter in the Warriors story. Audiences demand compelling content that speaks to them on a visceral level,” said Kelly. 

“With the launch of Golden State Entertainment, we are excited to create content that celebrates the nuances of our experiences as athletes, artists, and members of diverse communities in ways that not only entertain, but hopefully create opportunities for learning and deep engagement.”

Kelly also discussed how GSE and Mandalay Sports Media are currently collaborating on a production of a feature-length documentary exploring the cultural legacy of prominent sports figures throughout the industry. 

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GSE is also currently collaborating with Frank Chi and the team behind the Academy Award-winning short film “Two Distant Strangers” for another upcoming documentary set to premiere this summer. 

In terms of music, GSE has already collaborated with KPop star BamBam on the new single “Wheels Up,” which will be released this Friday, April 22nd. BamBam already debuted the single during a live halftime performance at the Warriors regular season finale against the Los Angeles Lakers on April 7th. 

“Wheels Up” also features MAYZIN, an Oakland-based recording artist who recently signed a multi-album recording contract with GSE. This would also make MAYZIN the entertainment company’s lead artist. 

“Music has such a rich history in the Bay Area. Being the lead artist for Golden State Entertainment provides an opportunity to be a voice that reflects and is understood by the community.”

According to the NBA, “GSE is the entertainment and content vertical under the larger company umbrella that encompasses the six-time NBA Champion Golden State Warriors, Santa Cruz Warriors, Chase Center, the Golden Guardians and Warriors Gaming Squad.”

JoJo Siwa ‘Didn’t Get An Invite’ To Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards 

The 2022 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards (KCA’s) was this past Saturday evening with hosts Miranda Cosgrove and Rob Gronkowski. One of the most popular faces who normally attends/performs at the KCA’s is JoJo Siwa, who’s fans were disappointed to see she wasn’t in attendance. 

Siwa took to Instagram to clear the air as to why she wasn’t there. 

“A lot of you have been asking me why I’m not at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards tonight, and the answer is very simple — I wasn’t invited. I’m not sure why, but I just didn’t get an invite.”

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The 18-year-old singer and actress reiterated her video statement with a post that stated: “A lot of you have been asking why I’m not at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards tonight, I don’t want anyone to think it was my choice not to go…. I simply didn’t get an invite :(“

Representatives for Nickelodeon have yet to respond to media requests for a comment on why Siwa wasn’t invited this year, when she’s normally one of the most popular attendees. 

However, this isn’t the first time Siwa has called out Nickelodeon for seemingly trying to reduce her exposure on the network. Back in September 2021, Siwa called Nickelodeon out for preventing her from performing certain songs on her 37-city “D.R.E.A.M. Tour” which began in January this year. 

“I go out on tour in January. My movie musical was just released (with 6 new original songs)… Nickelodeon told me today that I’m not allowed to perform/add any of the songs from the film into my show,” she tweeted at the time, referring to the movie The J Team

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“These are MY songs, MY voice, MY writing. Does this seem fair??? There is no reason that this music should not be included. Working for a company as a real human being treated as only a brand is fun until it’s not,” she wrote in a follow-up tweet.

Siwa’s post about not getting invited to the KCA’s this year came after she debuted her new short haircut after saying goodbye to her signature long ponytail look. 

“Yesterday I went for the like down and curly moment, but today I went for a up and back moment. But let me know what y’all think, I think I might be into the up and back,” Siwa said via her Instagram Story.

Siwa acknowledged that she’s “on a path of discovery — and an exciting one! I mean, it’s gonna be different everyday as I’m still learning how to do it. It’s way different than long hair, it’s crazy, but I’m obsessed.”

Despite not being invited to the award ceremony, Siwa was still nominated for favorite social music star, which eventually went to Dixie D’Amelio, and the ceremony even featured one of Siwa’s hit songs. Social media users have called out Nickelodeon for not inviting Siwa the same year that she went public about her sexuality and became a major advocate for LGBT+ rights in general.

The Oscars

Beyoncé, Billie Eilish, Reba McEntire To Perform At 2022 Oscars

The brightest stars attending the 94th Academy Awards won’t just be those from the movies. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPSA) announced Tuesday that Beyoncé, Billie Eilish, Reba McEntire, and Sebastián Yatra will be on hand to perform four out of the five original songs nominated for this year’s Oscars.

Beyoncé will perform “Be Alive” from the Will Smith-starring King Richard, which she wrote alongside Dixson. It’s just one of the numerous accolades for the single, while it’s also the first time the 28-time Grammy Award winner has been given an Oscar nod.

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The 20-year-old Billie Eilish will perform “No Time To Die” from the James Bond film of the same name. Eilish penned the song with her brother, Finneas O’Connell. Like Beyonce, the siblings are first-time nominees.

Perhaps “No Time To Die” should be looked at as the favorite if one is to go on the past trend of Bond films eeking out award-winning singles. Adele’s “Skyfall” from Skyfall won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 2012, while Sam Smith’s “Writing On The Wall” from Spectre won the Award in 2015.

Yatra will be singing “Dos Oruguitas” from the Disney animated movie Encanto. Unlike his competition above, Yatra didn’t write the lyrics or music – instead, that honor belongs to Hamilton star Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Miranda — who wrote the entirety of the soundtrack to Encanto — will be heading to the Oscars with a nomination for the second time. The first came back in 2016, with Moana’s “How Far I’ll Go.” Miranda is also attached to the Netflix musical drama tick, tick… BOOM!, of which he served as the director. The movie has two nominations, with Andrew Garfield vying for Best Leading Actor.

According to Deadline, Ecanto’s other popular (but not nominated) song, “We Don’t Talk About Bruno,” will also be performed, certainly as an attempt to boost ratings for a program that has seen significant decline in recent years.

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McEntire is set to perform “Somehow You Do,” from Four Good Days. “Somehow You Do” was composed and written by Diane Warren, who has had an incredible 13 total Academy Award nominations for Best Song over her career. 2022 will be Warren’s fifth straight year with a nomination, and seventh in the last eight years.

The only nominated song that won’t be performed live is “Down To Joy” from Belfast, composed and written by two-time Grammy winner Van Morrison. The AMPSA announced that due to Morrison’s touring, he wasn’t able to attend the ceremony. It’s the 76-year-old Morrison’s first Oscars nomination.

Each of the songs’ movies look to make big splashes at the Awards. Belfast has seven nominations — which includes Original Screenplay, Directing (Kenneth Branagh), and Best Picture — while Encanto is nominated for both Animated Feature Film and Original Score. King Richard’s Smith is up for Best Leading Actor.

Regina Hall, Amy Schumer, and Wanda Sykes will be set to host the Oscars at the Dolby Theater, which premieres this Sunday, March 27, at 8 p.m. Eastern Time/5 p.m. Pacific Time on ABC.

Zoë Kravitz Discusses Losing ‘Dark Knight Rises’ Audition 

Zoë Kravitz is receiving amazing reviews for her performance as Selina Kyle/Catwoman in Matt Reeves’ “The Batman.” However, this is not the first time Kravitz has attempted to enter the DC Caped Crusader universe. 

In a recent interview with The Observer, Kravitz revealed that she attempted to audition for a role in Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises,” but was rejected after being told she was too “urban” for the part. 

Kravitz didn’t reveal whether or not she originally auditioned for the role of Catwoman for Nolan’s film, a role which was played by Anne Hathaway. 

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“I don’t know if it came directly from Chris Nolan. I think it was probably a casting director of some kind, or a casting director’s assistant,” Kravitz said.

“Being a woman of color and being an actor and being told at that time that I wasn’t able to read because of the color of my skin, and the word urban being thrown around like that, that was what was really hard about that moment.”

During another 2015 interview, Kravitz revealed she was seeking a smaller role in “The Dark Knight Rises” but she wasn’t even able to get into the room because the film wasn’t “going urban for the role.” 

“It was like, ‘What does that have to do with anything?’ I have to play the role like, ‘Yo, what’s up, Batman? What’s going on with you?” Kravitz questioned. 

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Kravitz recently clarified that she wasn’t making these comments to call out anyone, but instead give an example about “what it was like to be a woman of color in the industry at that time.”

“I did not mention this to point any fingers or make anyone seem racist, namely Chris Nolan, the film’s producers or anyone on the casting team, because I truly do not believe anyone meant any harm.”

Kravitz was officially cast as Catwoman in “The Batman” in October 2019. “It was crazy when the news was officially announced. My phone was blowing up more than any birthday I’ve ever had,” the actor stated. 

In “The Batman” Kravitz plays Selina Kyle before she’s known in Gotham as the infamous cat burglar Catwoman. Kravitz revealed she interpreted this iteration of the Selina Kyle character to be bisexual. 

During one scene Selina is seen going into her apartment looking for her friend Anika, who she refers to as her “baby.” The idea that their relationship is potentially more platonic, is left open-ended. 

Kravitz claimed that the scene was meant to spotlight Selina’s bisexuality:  “That’s definitely the way I interpreted that, that they had some kind of romantic relationship.” 

“The Batman” recently topped the box office with $128 million over its opening weekend. The film is currently playing in theaters nationwide. 

NBC Sees Beijing Winter Olympics End With The Worst Ratings Ever

For NBC, everything that could’ve went wrong for the Beijing Winter Olympics, did go wrong. From debates over China and their abuses to doping scandals involving teenagers, the end result was a pitiful total viewership that might have executives mourning what was once thought to be a great business deal.

Perhaps it might be better to start where it all began back in 2014, when NBC locked up the American media rights to the Olympics through 2032 for $7.75 billion dollars. Previously, the 2012 Summer Olympics in London saw a viewership record of 219.4 million while the company reeled in a $120 million third quarter profit.

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Eight years later, it’s a very different scene. The Olympics averaged 11.4 million viewers (160 total million viewers) across all of NBCU’s platforms — which include NBC Sports, USA Network, and Peacock — down 42% from the 19.8 million viewers averaged during the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. At the time, the 2018 Olympics had been the worst watched, dropping 1.4 million viewers from 2014’s Sochi.

The highest night of primetime viewership — 13.7 million — occured on Feb. 13, which was only due to viewers trickling in after NBC’s broadcast of Super Bowl LVI, usually the most-watched program (112.3 million viewers) of the year.

The network did boast that these Winter Games were the most streamed ever with 4.3 billion minutes consumed across NBCU digital and social media, a fact greatly helped by its streaming service Peacock. Still, the damage has been done. “This was probably the most difficult Olympics of all time,” NBC Sports Chairman Pete Bevacqua told the Wall Street Journal.

Just a month before the two-year mark, COVID-19 has continued to impact Olympic Games. Bevacqua highlighted the difficulties the virus has caused which in turn affected fans’ interest, which include few spectators, athletes wearing masks, no families of athletes in attendance, and “very harsh protocols” in place by China.

The broadcasting company also was limited in how many announcers they could have on-site. “We had 1,600 people in Stamford [Conn.] and 600 people in Beijing. Normally that would be flipped for us,” Bevacqua said.

Of course, the blaming of COVID can only work so much. Months leading up to the games were filled with protests and anger over China’s authoritarian actions and mistreatment of groups like Uyghur and Uzbek muslims. The drama didn’t end there. 15-year-old Russian skater Kamila Valieva entered the Olympics as the favorite to win gold, but tested positive for a banned heart medication. Despite the positive test, her suspension by the Russian Anti-Doping Agency was erased, and she continued to participate.

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In the free skating competition, Valieva fell numerous times during her routine, leading to a fourth place finish. However, viewers were treated to sights such as Valieva breaking down in tears while fellow skater Alexandra Trusova screamed “I hate this sport” for all to hear after a silver medal finish.

Also not helping were event start times. The time zone of Beijing — 13 hours ahead of New York — made it difficult for American viewers to watch events live, often forcing them to stay in the early morning hours of 1 to 5 a.m. ET if they wanted real-time.

Bevacqua stated that the ratings are in line with what they told advertisers. NBC, worth $35 billion, has not announced yet whether the Olympics turned into a profit or loss. An anonymous source told the Associated Press that the turnout is a “particularly vulnerable moment” for the company and wouldn’t be surprised if NBC is looking to improve its deal with the International Olympic Committee.

However, the source noted it’s highly unlikely they would try to get out of the multibillion deal altogether. After all, even with the down years of Beijing and 2021’s Tokyo — which averaged 15.1 million viewers, down 12.4 million from 2016’s Rio — it’s still a unique property that no other media company possesses. The challenge now for NBC is how to successfully market and strategize for the games down the line in order to avoid another catastrophe.