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Irene Takes a Bite Out of Entertainment Business

Aug 29, 2011  •  Post A Comment

Even downgraded to a tropical storm, the Event Formerly Known as Hurricane Irene took a bite out of the entertainment business as it breezed across the East Coast over the weekend.

The storm’s toll on weekend box office was estimated at $25 million, according to The Hollywood Reporter, as hundreds of theaters were closed.

The story reports: “Overall revenues may not even reach $90 million for the frame, the second worst showing of the year after Super Bowl weekend ($87 million). All told, business was down as much as 25% from the same weekend last year.”

“The Help” remained the top draw in its third weekend, grossing $14.3 million to push its U.S. total to $96.6 million.

TV productions on the East Coast were shut down over the weekend, including “One Tree Hill,” which shoots in Wilmington, N.C., reports EW.com’s Inside TV blog. The show was expected to resume shooting Monday.

New York City shut down filming in the city, with its Office of Media and Entertainment revoking filming permits for Sunday, Aug. 28, because of the storm.

But the six productions slated to film had already rearranged their schedules, with reality TV shows "Hoarders" and "Clean House" among those making other arrangements, the story notes.

On Broadway, theater productions reportedly shut down due to weather concerns and the shutdown of New York’s mass-transit system, Entertainment Weekly reported. All performances were expected to be back on schedule Monday.

A number of concerts in the path of the storm were either canceled or postponed, according to The Hollywood Reporter, including performances by the Dave Matthews Band, Styx, Pat Benatar, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Kenny Chesney.

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