12 Rounds Doing Bad, WWE Superstars Update, Mae Young/Mania

– 12 Rounds starring WWE Superstar John Cena drew an estimated $775,000 at the box office this past weekend, finishing in fourteenth place. In comparison, Race to Witch Mountain starring former WWE Superstar Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson finished at No. 12, doing an estimated $2.0 million. Of the top 30 movies, 12 Rounds had the biggest percentage week-to-week drop — 65%. Although it should be noted that several theaters dropped it after Thursday as the theater count for the WWE Studios film was down to 908 for the weekend.

– Up until the day before WrestleMania, there was talk of including WWE Hall of Famer Mae Young in the 25-Diva Battle Royal. Instead, they simply used her as a symbolic timekeeper alongside sidelined WWE Diva Candice Michelle. Joy Giovanni was apparently the contingency plan in case Mae couldn’t go as she was the lone competitor not previously announced or hinted to appear in the match.

– DirecTV has removed the “host Kevin Kelly” mention from the preview for the premiere episode of WWE Superstars this Thursday night on WGN America. The former WWE announcer has been telling people that he isn’t returning to the company, so the listing including his name was indeed a mistake. Additionally, no one spoken to had heard anything on Kelly rejoining the company.

At last word, WWE will be taping one match for this Thursday’s premiere episode prior to tomorrow night’s three-hour Raw broadcast. Additionally, two more matches will be taped prior to the dual Smackdown/ECW taping the following night. Starting next week, WWE will formally tape Superstars in its entirety prior to Raw every Monday night.