... [A]t the [weekend] box office, Sony's new 3D kids pic The Smurfs was doing strong business, and could gross as much $30 million or more for the weekend. ...
So maybe the staff at SPA will breathe a litte easier.
Because the last time I was over there, which was last week, a few of the employees related that studio scuttlebutt was that SPA might be in jeopardy if Smurfs failed to perform. (Just a rumor, you understand.)
But it's always more pleasant to draw checks from an employer who is having a good run at the box office, rather than a bad one. You tend to make the assumption that the paydays will continue for awhile. And your neck and shoulder muscles aren't as tense.