"Joker" laughed its way to a new record at the domestic box office. Despite mounting controversy and security concerns, the R-rated comic-book movie scored $93.5 million (76 million pounds) over the weekend and now stands as the biggest October launch of all time. Those ticket sales easily crushed the benchmark previously set last year by Sony's superhero tentpole "Venom" with $80 million. Directed by Todd Phillips and starring Joaquin Phoenix, "Joker" has been the subject of scrutiny in weeks leading up to its release over fears that the disturbing origin story of Batman's infamous foe could inspire violence. However, those anxieties didn't deter moviegoers from turning out en masse to see what all the fuss was about.

Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's fans can't get enough of infectious tune Despacito - their music video has just surpassed a record six billion views on YouTube. The Latin hitmakers released the track back in January, 2017, and more than two years on, it's still proving to be a top pick. On Sunday (24Feb19), Despacito officially became the first promo in YouTube history to smash the huge milestone, leading its closest competitor - Ed Sheeran's Shape of You - by 1.9 billion views. According to officials at the video-streaming site, during the height of the Grammy-nominated tune's popularity, its promo was being streamed an average of 25.7 million times per day. That figure has since dropped significantly, but it's still at an impressive 2.8 million average views a day so far in 2019, reports Billboard. Despacito has continued to break boundaries ever since its debut - it became the first video to break three billion views on YouTube, before going on to make history as it crossed four and five billion, too. Meanwhile, the remixed single, featuring Justin Bieber, is still flying high in the charts - it earned its 100th week on the U.S. Hot Latin Songs Chart just before Christmas (18), and remains in third place in its 109th week on the Billboard countdown. Only to Romeo Santos has spent more time on the rundown - his 2013 song Propuesta Indecente currently holds the title as the longest-charting track on the Hot Latin Songs list with 125 weeks.

Taylor Swift has broken her own record for the highest-grossing U.S. tour by a female artist. The Look What You Made Me Do singer has been trekking across the U.S. and other nations since May (18) on her epic Reputation Stadium Tour. Her U.S. gigs alone have now made an incredible $191.1 million (£148 million), according to Billboard.com, meaning that with 11 American dates still to play she has surpassed the gross earnings of the previous record holder, her 1989 World Tour - which made $181.5 million (£140.5 million) in 2015. During the tour, she has averaged earnings of more than $7 million (£5.4 million) per show - with all 27 of her completed dates sold out. The pop princess is having a brief break from the road after performing at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida last Saturday (19Aug18). After the gig, she praised hometown girl Camila Cabello - who has supported her alongside British singer-songwriter Charli XCX throughout the tour. "MIAMI I LOVE YOU!! You were so loud and FUN," she wrote on her Tumblr page. "Shout out to Camila for killing it in her hometown and being just the greatest most precious magical human possible." The concerts will pick up again this coming Saturday in Nashville, Tennessee - the city where a teenage Taylor made her name as a country music star. In addition to her U.S. gigs, Taylor has also performed in the U.K., Ireland and Canada, with the latter concerts having grossed $11.1 million (£8.5 million). Figures for her British and Irish dates are yet to come in, and unlike in the U.S., not all of these shows sold out. She will conclude the tour in Australia, New Zealand and Japan - meaning the worldwide takings from the Reputation Stadium Tour should easily surpass the $250 million (£193 million) her 1989 live dates made globally - and may come close to beating the $408 million (£316 million) Madonna's Sticky & Sweet Tour made in 2008 and 2009, the most earned globally by a female artist.
Quentin Tarantino has acknowledged that a third Kill Bill film is still a possibility – as reflected by his recent conversations with Uma Thurman. The director was asked about a potential sequel during an interview with the Happy Sad Confused podcast released on Monday. “Me and Uma have been talking about it recently, frankly, to tell you the truth,” he said about a possible Kill Bill Volume 3. “I’m not sure I’m going to do it but I have thought about it a little further.” He said he and Thurman “literally were talking about” a possible sequel the week prior, adding: “If any of my movies were going to spring from any of my movies, it would be the third Kill Bill.”

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