The utter lack of any wide releases next weekend plus the likely downward plunge for Breaking Dawn part I means that The Muppets will likely top the box office next weekend. There clearly is an audience for this 35-year-old franchise.
Moneyball is undoubtedly a success. It's a darn good movie about an interesting subject that honors its subject matter without inflating its importance. It's not a grand-slam home-run hitter, but it does reliably get on base.
The whole show reeked of older writers attempting to appeal to younger viewers. No, awkward references to smart-phone apps, Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, and "the Internet" are not going to appear cool to the young kids.