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.
Blink-182 bassist Mark Hoppus has said the band were "locked down" in a hotel following the mass shooting in El Paso. The group had been due to play a show at the UTEP Don Haskins Arena in the Texas border town when 20 people were killed and more than two dozen injured in a shooting in a busy shopping centre. Hoppus said the band were leaving breakfast and due to head to the mall when they heard reports of the shooting. He added there were initially incorrect reports that another attack was also taking place at another mall. He wrote on Twitter: "We are locked down in our hotel in El Paso. Over the intercom system they just announced that there are reports of another active shooter directly across the street at a location different from the first shootings.
Disney are enjoying a surge of success as of late, with their new takes on classic tales such as 'The Jungle Book' and 'Beauty and the Beast' proving to be extremely popular. Bringing them to live-action, the movie company are able to do things on a bigger scale than ever before, and that's set to continue with live-action remakes for 'The Lion King', 'Mulan' and 'Aladdin' on the way. Announcing the news as part of the D23 Expo, Disney took to social media to tell fans that Mena Massoud would be taking the titular role in 'Aladdin', alongside 'Power Rangers' star Naomi Scott as Jasmine, and A-lister Will Smith as the Genie. No reveal has yet been made as to who'll be taking on the villain of the film, Jafar, but British actor Tom Hardy is supposedly a frontrunner. Directed by Guy Ritchie , this classic is sure to be another huge hit for Disney. 'Aladdin' is set to hit movie theatres on March 29, 2019. source contact music
Dua Lipa had a huge row with her boyfriend at a star-studded Grammys afterparty after she reportedly caught him flirting with women. The 23-year-old scooped the gongs for Best New Artist and Best Dance Recording at the prestigious music awards ceremony, but later her night hit a bum note after she confronted her beau, Isaac Carew. According to U.K. newspaper The Sun, the British chef and model was seen flirting with other women at the bash thrown by DJ Diplo. The One Kiss hitmaker was on cloud nine after her big wins, but ended up shouting in Isaac's face, with the couple having a huge row at the party. "He told Dua she was overreacting and that he’d done nothing wrong," a source told the outlet. “She was adamant he was flirting with them and gave him the cold shoulder for the rest of the night.” This isn't the first time that Isaac, who has modeled in campaigns for Hermes, Moschino and Reiss, has reportedly flirted with other women while dating Dua. In June last year (18), The Sun obtained video of the chef dirty dancing with a mystery woman at London’s G.A.Y nightclub. Dua, who had been on tour in the U.S. at the time, forgave him and the pair has been working on their relationship. After the Grammys bust-up, Isaac shared a sweet post on Instagram, gushing about his award-winning girlfriend. "Prouder than f***ing punch. I told you you’d be walking away with two but you’re too humble to admit it. So proud of you! Ps how fit are you in this pic," he wrote alongside a snap of the pair at a pre-Grammy bash, with Dua rocking an electric blue strapless dress.