Whatever & Ever Today: ‘The Purge’ Shocks The Box Office, Designated Drunk Drivers, and John Oliver Starts ‘The Daily Show’ Gig

Americans like movies about scary murderers in dystopian America, designated drivers still drink, and John Oliver tries not to run The Daily Show into cancellation.

Americans Get The Purge Out Of Their System

On Friday, low budget horror flick The Purge opened in theaters everywhere and ended up topping the weekend box office reigning in a whopping $34.1 million. The Purge knocked down Fast & Furious 6 from the top spot and beat out the Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson bro-comedy The Internship that also debuted last weekend. The Internship only raked in around $17.3 million so that may be a sign that most Americans are pretty much over the Wedding Crashers duo.

The success of The Purge is notable considering it only cost $3 million to make and is considered very mediocre, at least [according to most critics. There’s another movie starring Ethan Hawke called Before Midnight and is currently in select theaters. It’s decidedly not mediocre so go see that instead (but only if you’ve seen the first two installments in director Richard Linklater’s Before series).

40% of “Designated Drivers” Aren’t Really Designated Drivers

According to research studying drinkers in an unnamed Florida college town, nearly 40% of designated drivers drink before driving their drunk friends home. Using interviews, breathalyzer tests and other methods, they found that 17 percent had breath alcohol concentrations between 0.02 to 0.049 while 18 percent had BAC’s of 0.05 or more. Though it’s great news that drunk driving fatalities fell below 10,000 for the first time ever in 2011, deaths caused by drunk driving are 100 percent preventable. Don’t drink and drive, please.

The Daily Show With That British Guy?

Tonight marks the first night of The Daily Show’s “Senior British Correspondent” John Oliver summer tenure as host for the Comedy Central mainstay. Oliver will be subbing in for Jon Stewart who is taking the summer off to direct Rosewater, a film he wrote about the trials of BBC journalist Maziar Bahari when he covered Iran’s 2009 presidential elections. Oliver’s run as substitute anchor will last until September 3, when Stewart returns. Though Stewart hasn’t taken a hiatus this long, Oliver has been on The Daily Show for seven years, so this transition will hopefully not be very jarring.

Whatever & Ever Today is written by beard enthusiast Josh Terry

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