Better Weekend Blog! Movies, Concerts & Events! Make it a Better Weekend!

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Here'a what happened over the THanksgivingHere's what happened last weekend at the box office:

Disney’s “Frozen 2” was the undisputed box office champion this Thanksgiving, generating a record-setting $124 million over the five-day frame. Lionsgate’s murder mystery “Knives Out” and Universal’s romantic drama “Queen and Slim” also beat expectations while countering conventional wisdom about holiday releases.

1.Frozen II $85,250,000 Total $287,573,344

2. Knives Out $27,022,000 Total $41,700,000

3. Ford v. Ferrari $13,221,000 Total $81,003,779

4. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood $11,795,000 Total $34,308,989

5.Queen & Slim $11,680,000 Total $15,790,000

I don't see any movies taking Forzen II out of the top spot this weekend, but who knows maybe the star "voice" power behind Playmobil: The Movie will pop into the top 5. Star voices include: Jim Gaffigan, Adam Lambert, Meghan Trainor, Daniel Radcliffe and more. Based on the toys, the movies was released internationally this summer to negative reviews comparing it to the Lego Movies.

Better Weekends!

The weekend is filled with holiday cheer, holiday lights and gingerbread! There are many events across the state for kids, family friendly, FREE, 21 and older or for date night! I have a link to all of those events on our Better Weekend Blog.

Saturday and Sunday at Foxwoods Resort Casino two POWERFUL female voices take the stage!

  • Saturday it's Alanis Morissette celebrating 25 years of Jagged Little Pill with her You Oughta Know Tour in the Grand Theater.
  • Sunday Frozen star Idina Menzel is bringing the spirit of the holidays alive in the Grand Theater!
  • For info on both shows visit www.foxwoods.com

Gingerbread Village and Christmas Bazaar December 7 - 14 The holidays start early at St. George's Episcopal Church in Middlebury, CT,  This year commemorates the 52nd anniversary of the beloved Bazaar. It's open daily, free admissions, but donations are welcome! For times and directions visit: www.gingerbreadvillagect.com

One of our favorite events is the Blue Back Mitten Run in West Hartford on Sunday December 8 at Blue Back Square This festive family holiday tradition welcomes runners and walkers of all ages and abilities to celebrate the season as a community. The 5K winds through West Hartford neighborhoods, lined with homes decorated for the holidays and festive shop windows. Bring the kids to participate in the HMF FitKids run- a ½ mile or one mile dash to Blue Back Square. All participants receive a warm knit beanie. High-fives from Santa, gourmet hot chocolate and holiday cookies await finishers for post-race merriment in Blue Back Square.Festivities start at 10:30am visit www.www.hartfordmarathon.com/blue-back-mitten-run/ for more details!

FOR ALL!!! Hop aboard the North Pole Express on the Essex Steam Train! Now through December 23 Join the magical journey to the North Pole. You'll also enjoy a LIVE musical performance of “The Night Before Christmas.” Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there and you can ride and serving hot chocolate and sugar cookies. Santa will even have a little something for each child! Here;s something else fun, your kids can wear their favorite festive PJ's, the trip to the North Pole is in the evening, just be sure they're warm!!! First class sold out. But tickets still available for Coach t: $37.50-$47.50. visit www.essexsteamtrain.com Take a look at the schedule below:

2019 schedule:

Prior to Thanksgiving:

Fridays November 15 & 22: 4:30 p.m., 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m.

Saturdays November 16 & 23: 3 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m.

Sundays November 17 & 24: 3 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m.

After Thanksgiving:

Friday, November 29: 3 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m.

Saturdays, November 30- December 21: 3 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m.

Sundays, December 1-December 15: 3 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday – Thursdays, December 3-December 19: 4:30 p.m., 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m.

Fridays, December 6- December 20: 4:30 p.m., 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m.

Sunday & Monday December 22 & 23: 3 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m.

Thursday-Sunday, December 26- 29: 4:30 p.m., 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m.

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