2014's fast food atrocities
Burger King's black cheeseburger: Made with squid ink and bamboo charcoal, arguably a symbol of meat's destructive effect on the planet. Only available in Japan.
The final Harry Potter film has broken the box office record for most successful opening weekend in history — besting the previous record-holder, 2008′s “The Dark Knight,” by about $10 million.
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2″ took an estimated $168.5 million in domestic ticket sales between Friday and Sunday; “The Dark Knight” took only $158.4 million on its first weekend (although Deadline reminds us to consider that HP 7.2, unlike “The Dark Knight,” was available in 3D — and thus some tickets were more expensive).
According to a Warner Brothers press release, Harry Potter’s last on-screen hurrah broke three records with its $92.1 in opening-day ticket sales, and sold more than $476 million in tickets worldwide. The studio further reports that fans paid $43.5 million for tickets to midnight Friday showings alone — another first.
On its first day in U.S. bookstores, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” sold around 8.3 million copies (of 12 million that had been printed), CNN Money reported at the time. For every book sold domestically on that day in July, 2007, $11 or so were spent on a Potter ticket Stateside this past Friday.
Unsurprisingly, Potter positively dwarfed the weekend’s other openings, taking 21 times the ticket sales of Disney’s small-voiced but “utterly charming” Winnie the Pooh revival — and roughly 2,246 times the ticket sales of Sarah Palin documentary “The Undefeated,” which opened in ten U.S. theaters and sold at most $75,000 worth of tickets.
Domino's Specialty Chicken: It's like regular pizza, except instead of a crust, there's fried chicken. The company's marketing officer calls it "one of the most creative, innovative menu items we have ever had” -- brain power put to good use.
KFC'S ZINGER DOUBLE DOWN KING: A sandwich made by adding a burger patty to the infamous chicken-instead-of-buns creation can only be described using all caps. NO BUN ALL MEAT. Only available in South Korea.
Taco Bell's Waffle Taco: It took two years for Taco Bell to develop this waffle folded in the shape of a taco, the stand-out star of its new breakfast menu.
Krispy Kreme Triple Cheeseburger: Only attendees at the San Diego County Fair were given the opportunity to taste the official version of this donut-hamburger-heart attack combo. The rest of America has reasonable odds of not dropping dead tomorrow.
Taco Bell's Quesarito: A burrito wrapped in a quesadilla inside an enigma. Quarantined to one store in Oklahoma City.