As expected, “Star Wars” fever has taken the box office by storm as Lucasfilm’s latest installment, “The Last Jedi,” has posted an opening weekend of $220 million from 4,232 screens. That’s the second highest domestic opening of all-time behind the film’s 2015 predecessor, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” and a 41 percent jump over the $155 million opening posted by last year’s “Star Wars” movie, “Rogue One.” The film opened with $104.8 million on Friday (including $45 million from Thursday previews), making it only the second film to earn $100 million on opening day. This was followed by $63.7 million on Saturday and a projected $52 million on Sunday. This total also pushes Disney past the $2 billion mark domestically for the third consecutive year and into the top spot among all studios for domestic revenue. In total, “The Last Jedi” has posted a global opening of $450 million excluding China, good for the fifth-highest global opening in box office history with $40.6 million coming from IMAX, good for the second-highest opening excluding China. The film opens in China on January 5. Hardcore “Star Wars” fans have been debating the film’s merits since screenings started on Thursday evening, but as a whole, critics and audiences have given the film a big thumbs up with an A on CinemaScore and a 93 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes. “Star Wars”‘ big weekend comes after Lucasfilm’s parent company, Disney, turned Hollywood on its head by buying the original owner of “Star Wars”, 20th Century Fox, for $52.4 billion. As fate would have it, Fox has also released a movie this weekend, the Blue Sky animated film “Ferdinand.” Helmed by “Ice Age” director Carlos Saldanha, the film has grossed $13.3 million at 3,621 locations against projections of a $15 million opening. The film received an A on CinemaScore and a 74 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Miley Cyrus and fiancé Liam Hemsworth are truly in love. A source tells ET that the "Wrecking Ball" singer and the Hunger Games star are more committed to each other than ever and are at a place in their lives where a beautiful wedding could be in the cards. "They have been in love for almost nine years but the timing has never been right until now," the source says. "Their massive careers, their ages and their families' input has kept them from getting married." Apparently, the stars' families have also been a factor in when or even if the two decide to exchange vows. "While Miley's parents have always adored Liam, Liam's parents were not sold on Miley and her outrageous behavior," the source says. "Miley has been very open about her drug and alcohol use, and that didn’t bode well with his family's far more conservative lifestyle." However, the 25-year-old pop superstar seems to have moved away from her wild and raunchy Bangerz days with her most recent album, Younger Now, and she's even admitted that she quit smoking weed. As a result, she's won over the members of her boyfriend's family who were hesitant at first, and now everyone is throwing their support behind the couple. "Miley had to get through a phase of discovering herself before she was able to commit. And now that she has turned her life around and stopped partying, she is clear minded and knows what she wants," the source says. "Liam's mother [Leonie] is finally over the moon to have her as a daughter-in-law." According to the source, it was Chris Hemsworth's wife, Elsa Pataky, who played a hand in winning the Hemsworth matriarch over in favor of the singer. "Elsa and Miley have always been very close and Elsa really went to bat for Miley," the source says. "She has tried to impress on her in-laws all the big changes Miley has made to turn her life around and build a future with Liam." Even Cyrus family has become more supportive of the relationship than before, according to the source, who says her parents, Tish and Billy Ray Cyrus, "couldn't be more proud of her." While the cute couple have been sparking marriage rumors for months due to the pair rocking some shiny hardware on their ring fingers, the source explains that those are actually a sign of their commitment to each other. "She had been sporting her ring and wanted him to show his love and commitment in the same way," the source says. "Their friends refer to their rings as 'promise rings' and Liam and Miley are both good with that." The two may be rocking rings already, and have their parent's support, but that doesn't mean fans should expect to see the couple tying the knot sometime soon. The source explains that Cyrus is operating on her own time table. "Miley has come up with all sorts of different wedding plans. She is always creative and thinking of new ideas that will make her experience different," the source said, adding that the singer recently decided that she's going to go for something simple, and that she would have to have a "ranch wedding" because she wants to honor her country roots. She's also keeping a tight lid on when and where the wedding is going to be, to keep it an intimate affair. "She hasn't announced anything because she is being very secretive so only their friends will know and at the very last minute," the source says. "This time they are doing everything their own way." One of the couple's biggest concerns is feeling pressured to get married, which is why they are taking their time with wedding planning. "The first time they announced their engagement in 2012, they felt such pressure to make it the most spectacular wedding in the world but that was the downfall of their relationship and lead to their break up," the source says. Cyrus and Hemsworth split and officially called off their engagement in 2013 before reconciling and reconnecting in January 2016. The pair later confirmed that their engagement was back on. "This has been such a long drawn out process that they joke about the idea that when they finally get married people won't believe it's real!" the source says. On Saturday, the stars celebrated St. Patrick's Day with some colorful costumes and wild decorations which they shared to Instagram. The festive celebration comes just two weeks after the pair looked flawlessly elegant on the red carpet at the Vanity Fair Oscars Party. Check out the video below for more on the cute couple.
Ed Sheeran grabs another week at No. 1 on Australia’s singles chart with “Perfect” (Atlantic/Warner) as the soundtrack to The Greatest Showman (Atlantic/Warner) rises to the zenith of the national albums survey. The triple-platinum “Perfect” enters a fifth straight week atop the ARIA Singles Chart and collects another Streaming Singles crown. The track was one of four Sheeran songs to crack the top 10 in ARIA’s recently-published year-end singles tally and it's lifted from the English singer’s Divide, the best-selling album of 2017 in Australia. Also on the singles chart this week, Camila Cabello’s “Havana” (Epic/Sony) featuring Young Thug holds at No. 2, Eminem’s “River” (Interscope/Universal) featuring Sheeran is unchanged at No. 3, Post Malone’s“I Fall Apart” (Universal) improves 5-4 and Marshmellox Khalid’s“Silence” (RCA/Sony) gains 7-5. The highest-ranked homegrown track on the current survey comes from Pnau, whose track “Go Bang” (Universal) improves 19-13, as a pair of new entries impact the top 50: Keala Settle and The Greatest Showman Ensemble's “This Is Me” (it’s at No. 34 via Atlantic/Warner), from the week’s best-selling album, and Camelphat & Elderbrook’s club tune “Cola” (ADA/Warner) at No. 48. Meanwhile, The Greatest Showman leads a top five comprised of albums which have all logged time at the summit: Sheeran’s Divide (Warner),Pink’s Beautiful Trauma (RCA/Sony), Eminem's Revival (Interscope/Universal) and Taylor Swift’sReputation (Big Machine/Universal), respectively.
Bruno Mars dominated the 2017 Soul Train Awards on Sunday. The pop star won five prizes, including best male R&B/soul artist, song of the year ("That's What I Like"), as well as best video, album/mixtape and dance performance for "24k Magic." Toni Braxton accepted the Don Cornelius Legend Award and performed a medley of her hits during the show, hosted by Erykah Badu at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.