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Resorts World breaks record for weekly revenue


| tcullen@queenscourier.com

Resorts World Casino New York keeps hitting records.

The racino took in almost $15 million between July 1 and 7, officials announced, breaking a previously held state record for gross slot gaming revenue and tax-generation by a gaming property. From the intake, the casino sent $6.5 million back to the state toward education.

Michael Speller, president of the racino, heralded the landmark event as a success since Resorts World opened less than a year ago. He added that Resorts World would continue looking for more ways to create revenue and jobs for residents.

“The record-breaking revenue that Resorts World has generated to support the education of New York’s students, and the more than 3,000 jobs we have created for hard-working New Yorkers, is proof positive that our partnership with New York State is working,” Speller said. “However, we can still do more. We will look to pursue additional opportunities in the future to generate even more revenue for the state and create thousands of more jobs for New Yorkers.”

The record for highest revenue in a week had been set by the racino in February, when it brought in $14.4 million, according to Resorts World.

The weekly record comes after the casino — the only in the five boroughs — announced in June that it beat out Las Vegas, Foxwoods and others for the most slot machine revenue in May, when the venue took in $57.5 million. Resorts World also made headlines in late June, when the not even year-old casino was robbed for the first time.

In Spider-Man’s hometown, Queens residents flock to theater


| brennison@queenscourier.com

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“The Amazing Spider-Man” swung into theaters at midnight and Queens moviegoers flocked to the film in the character’s hometown.

Lines formed outside the Midway movie theater in Forest Hills — where Spider-Man hails from — to be among the first to see the superhero flick.
“In all the Spidey movies, [Spider-Man] cried too much. This will be different. It looks like ‘The Dark Knight’ in a kind of way,” said Andrew Arevalo, 21, of Corona, as he waited for a 3:40 p.m. showing.

Fans leaving the theater thought the reboot outdid the original.

“It was great, it was the best one,” said Joe Lazauskas, 66.

Forest Hills resident, Daniel L., 30, agreed.

“It was the best ‘Spider-Man.’ [Andrew Garfield] was good and fit the role better than Tobey [Maguire].”

The Hollywood Reporter estimated an opening of at least $125m, which would place it second behind “The Avengers” in 2012.

Overseas, the Marc Webb-directed film is already breaking records overseas, according to reports.

The other Spider-Man films all earned at least $750 million at the box office, with the third installment, which hit theaters just five years ago, earning nearly $900 million.

 -Additional reporting by Philip Hertling & Greg Giaconelli

Knicks End Playoff Futility With 89-87 Win Over Heat At Garden


| jlane@queenscourier.com

Their backs against the wall, the New York Knicks edged the Miami Heat 89-87 at Madison Square Garden Sunday night to end their playoff losing streak and extend their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal playoff series. Carmelo Anthony had 41 points for New York, including a three-pointer that gave the Knicks the lead with 54 seconds remaining, to send the series back to Miami for Game 5. The win allowed the Knicks to avoid a four-game sweep of the best-of-seven series, and halted their playoff losing streak at 13 games, an NBA record. Read More: NY1