#MINIONSRULE: 'Despicable Me 3' #1 at $75,410,275.00!
Once again sequel fatigue appears to be having an impact as estimates have Despicable Me 3 coming in about $10 million shy of the opening weekend for Despicable Me 2 after a larger than anticipated dip on Saturday. That said, the film easily secured the weekend top spot in the domestic, international and worldwide marketplaces, leading the charge over the first three days of this long, five-day Fourth of July holiday weekend. Behind it, Sony's Baby Driver out-performed the studio's expectations while WB's R-rated comedy The House failed to generate much heat.
At the top of the box office Universal and Illumination's Despicable Me 3 brought in an estimated $75.4 million, which is $8 million shy of the three-day estimate the studio was anticipating just yesterday morning. In fact, the film, which opened in a record, 4,529 theaters, is currently pacing about $10 million behind studio's pre-weekend expectations. That said, audiences appear to have enjoyed the film, giving it an "A-" CinemaScore, though that is lower than the "A" earned by both of its predecessors as well as 2015's Minions movie. While the next two days will push the film over $100 million in its first five days of release, the three-day opening ranks as the third best in the four film franchise and the fourth largest opening for an Illumination title.
The opening weekend audience was split 50/50 between male and female with families making up 69% of the film's moviegoers, 50% of which were children under age 13. The demographic breakdown was 45% Caucasian, 26% Hispanic, 15% African American and 9% Asian.
BOX OFFICE NUMBERS
- Despicable Me 3 $75,410,275
- Baby Driver $21,000,000
- Transformers $17,000,000
- Wonder Woman $16,100,000
- Cars $9,524,000
- The House $9,000,000
- 47 Meters Down $4,682,000
- The Beguiled (2017) $3,259,740
- The Mummy (2017) $2,785,260
Internationally, Despicable Me 3 started playing overseas two weeks ago, but this weekend it added 46 new territories where it brought in an estimated $95.6 million for an international cume that now stands at $116.9 million for a worldwide total of $192.3 million. The film still has 15 territories to open in over the next two months with openings in China, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Trinidad and Iceland next weekend.
#RHoA: Kenya Moore Reportedly Fired From ‘Real Housewives Of Atlanta’ Over Secret Wedding
Kenya Moore has reportedly been fired from The Real Housewives of Atlanta. A new report claims that sources close to the production said that Kenya was fired from The Real Housewives of Atlanta (RHOA) because of her secret wedding to businessman Marc Daly earlier in the month.
Kenya, 46, married Marc Daly, a Brooklyn-based restaurateur, in a secret ceremony after a tumultuous relationship with Matt Jordan during the last season of RHOA.
Her secret wedding ceremony shocked RHOA fans because no one knew about it until after it had happened.
The wedding ceremony was romantic, but because of the secrecy Bravo did not know about it until it was over.
Bravo reportedly found the situation unacceptable because the network felt that after having signed on for a reality TV show as a reality star, Kenya should have allowed Bravo to have broadcast access to significant events in her life that the show could use to score ratings. Bravo missed out on an opportunity for major ratings when Kenya decided to keep the network in the dark about her wedding.
Bravo was reportedly miffed about Kenya’s action.
According to Radar Online, a network insider has revealed that Kenya Moore was fired from The Real Housewives of Atlanta over the issue of her secret wedding.
“The network isn’t happy with the recent series of events involving her wedding. They feel that it put the authenticity of the series in jeopardy.”
The source also told Radar Online that in a bid to placate the network, Kenya offered to have another wedding ceremony next summer, this time for the cameras.
While some fans have raised questions whether firing Kenya was fair, everyone agrees that her suggestion to have another wedding ceremony next summer would not help the situation because a reality TV show sustains its appeal by fostering an impression of reality. Thus, any action that appears contrived would not appeal to the audience.
Based on that reasoning, Moore’s suggestion was rejected by the network.
“She’s attempted to smooth things over by offering to have another ceremony next summer for the cameras, but that plan hasn’t been well received either.”
“Kenya has no other storyline in place for the season,” the source claimed.
The source also alleged that Kenya’s co-stars have begun filming without her.
Fans of the show have been debating the fairness of firing Kenya over her private wedding ceremony. Some fans insisted that firing her was unfair, saying that if Radar Online’s report is true then Bravo overreacted to an incident that could have been resolved amicably.
However, others insisted that Kenya deserved to be fired because she must have understood when she signed on to the reality TV show that fulfilling her role as a reality TV star would involve allowing the network to have access to significant events of her private life. Her critics insisted that she went too far when she had a private wedding ceremony without first informing the network and working things out with the producers before proceeding.
Some fans, however, argued that the report that she was fired because of her private wedding could be mistaken because it is possible that she was fired for other reasons.
#EMPIRE: Tyler Perry's Taraji P. Henson Movie Gets Easter Release
Lionsgate is readying to release Tyler Perry's next films.
Tyler Perry's She's Living My Life, starring Taraji P. Henson, will hit theaters March 30. It will open on Easter weekend, opposite the Warner Bros. sci-fi adaptation of Ready Player One, directed by Steven Spielberg, and Pure Flix's faith-based follow-up God's Not Dead 3.
The drama sees Henson playing a faithful wife who, after growing tired of standing by her devious husband, gets enraged when it becomes clear she has been betrayed. The project reunites Henson and Perry after two previous collaborations: 2008's The Family That Preys and 2009's I Can Do Bad All by Myself.
Additionally, Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral will open on Aug. 3, 2018. It will debut opposite the Sony comedy Holmes & Watson, starring Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly, and Fox's Predator reboot, directed by Shane Black.
The franchise's next comedy centers on a joyous family reunion that becomes a hilarious nightmare as Madea and the crew travel to backwoods Georgia, where they find themselves unexpectedly planning a funeral that might unveil unsavory family secrets.
Both films will be written and directed by Perry. His next film, Boo 2! A Madea Halloween, is set for release Oct. 20.
#NEWMUSIC TLC Release Self-Titled Final Album!
Welcome back T-Boz and Chilli! The ladies of TLC have finally delivered their anticipated self-titled final album.
Led by the Snoop Dogg-assisted single “Way Back,” the 12-track set includes additional early releases “Haters,” “It’s Sunny” and “American Gold.” Following suit with their socially and culturally conscious lyrical content, the album also includes standout songs “Perfect Girls,” “Joy Ride,” and the bold “Aye Muthafucka.”
The whole album was crafted over 2 years time, after the project was crowd-funded through a very successful Kickstarter campaign. Fans of the iconic R&B group raised over $430,000 to fund the album. In return for their donations, contributors received perks including a TLC digital scrapbook, autographed lyrics, photo shoot, and listening party.
Marking the duo’s first release without Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, who passed in 2002, the album only features an interlude with the late superstar. “The family, they held onto the other stuff,” T-Boz told Billboard. “I guess maybe they wanted money or something. I don’t think she’d be happy that people are trying to hold her vocals hostage.”
Next month, TLC will begin promoting the album on the “I Love the ’90s: The Party Continues Tour,” which kicks off July 7 along with guests Naughty By Nature, Biz Markie, Montell Jordan, Sugar Ray’s Mark McGrath, and more.
Stream TLC’s final album HERE
#HIPHOPNEWS: JAY-Z 4:44 Tidal Exclusivity Almost Up, Must-Hear Album Headed To Apple Music Sooner Than You Think
Get ready NON- TIDAL fans!
Music mogul JAY-Z‘s new 4:44 album won’t remain a TIDAL exclusive much longer. New reports claim the project is headed toward other streaming platforms.
According to new gossip coverage, 4:44 will pop up on at least one of TIDAL’s biggest rival sites in the coming days.
A source confirmed that 4:44 will be added to Apple Music/iTunes next week after its one-week exclusivity window on Tidal; the songs also streamed on 160 iHeartRadio stations across the U.S. after 4:44’s release and they will air until midnight on July 1 on the network’s Urban and Rhythmic formats. The exclusive is part of a $200 million deal the carrier signed with Tidal earlier this year. (Billboard)
UH OH? 'Hot Felon Model' Jeremy Meeks was Spotted Kissing Heiress Chloe Green on a Boat!
Jeremy Meeks, who gained fame when his hot mugshot went viral, was spotted kissing Topshop heiress Chloe Green during a vacation in Turkey.
The 33-year-old model, who has worked with some of the top fashion brands since being released from jail, is supposedly still married to his wife Melissa Meeks.
Despite being a married man, Jeremy could be seen embracing Chloe and flaunting a lot of PDA in photos obtained by the Daily Mail.
After the photos were released, Chloe took to Instagram to share a photo of her at dinner with Jeremy and his manager Jim Jordan. “Just the Beginning… We appreciate all the love and the hate,” she captioned.
NICE! K. Michelle Debuts Newly-Shaved Head
Outspoken singer/reality TV star K. Michelle is stepping out in a big way!
Known for her head-turning wigs and weaves (some in bright colors such as red, and most recently, neon green), Michelle has foregone the hair this summer, opting for cooler look: dang-near bald!
She debuted her new shaved hairdo on IG, captioning with the photo, “#doboth #whatevermakesyoufreakinhappy.
Not everyone has the right head shape to rock a shaved head, but she looks gorg! Check out another snap below:
K. Michelle has been busy in the studio creating her fourth studio album. You can also catch her as a feature on Trina’s new single “If It Ain’t Me.”
What do you think of K. Michelle’s new look?
#FASHIONNEWS: The Celebs Stepped Out for Miu Miu's Paris Show!
So many celebs stepped out for the Miu Miu Cruise Collection show during Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture on Sunday (July 2) in Paris, France.
In attendance were Elle Fanning, Teresa Palmer, Milla Jovovich, Gwendoline Christie, Millie Brady, and Alexa Chung, among others. See more photos below.
You can watch the show HERE!
Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid and more models were seen at the star-studded event!
Could These Really Be The Names Of Jay Z And Beyonce’s Twins???
Since the moment Beyonce announced her pregnancy earlier this year, folks have been taking a stab at what the famous couple would be naming their twins. And now, the wait is over.
It’s being speculated that Jay and Bey have named their twin girl and boy, Rumi and Sir.
According to reports, the names were legally trademarked by Yonce and Hov’s company on June 26th. They also requested trademarks to be used for other swag like teething rings, strollers, mugs, water bottles, hair ribbons, playing cards, tote bags and rattles.
The couple has not confirmed the news, but if Rumi and Sir are indeed the names, we say it perfectly fits in with their 5-year-old daughter’s name, Blue.
Beyonce gave birth to her bundles of joy earlier this month in Los Angeles.
Man Charged With First-Degree Murder In Road Rage Killing
A Trainer, Pennsylvania man has been charged with first-degree murder in the savage road rage killing of an 18-year-old recent high school graduate.
Investigators say, on June 28, David Desper and Bianca Roberson played a game of “cat and mouse” while trying to merge into the same lane on Route 100 in Chester County around 5:30 p.m.
That’s when Desper pulled out a Smith and Wessen .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun and shot Bianca in the left side of her head killing her instantly.
Her car veered off of the road into a ditch and hit a tree. Desper sped off fleeing the scene. Bianca Roberson was pronounced dead at the scene.
A manhunt ensued for David Desper over the course of several days and spanned across multiple states. He turned himself in to police around 2 a.m. Sunday morning.
“This is a story of a savage and senseless murder. Someone didn’t want her to merge into a lane of traffic,” Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan said during a news conference Sunday.
Police also say they don’t believe race was a factor. *blank stare*
Mel B has wiped out her Spice Girls fortune.
Mel B spent majority of her Spice Girls money….Back in June 9th, Stephen Belafonte’s quest for spousal support from Mel B has been delayed again after a judge pushed back their hearing until the end of the month.
Stephen, 42, who currently has no income, is said to have racked up $60,000 in credit card debts and is in desperate need of support from the former Spice Girl, 42.
According to reports, Mel B has wiped out her multi-million pound Spice Girls fortune after leading an “extravagant” lifestyle, a court was told as the star appeared at her bitter divorce battle for the first time.
The Leeds-born singer, 42, attended court in Los Angeles on Friday to face Stephen Belafonte, who she says tormented her with years of physical and mental abuse.
Los Angeles Superior Court was told that the pair both had outstanding tax debts after making “improvident” lifestyle choices.
Grace Jamra, representing Belafonte, said: “Their lifestyle was extravagant and affluent.
“She wiped out all her Spice Girls money, approximately 50 million if not more.”
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Tramp stamps are still a thing? Who am I kidding, bad decisions haven’t gone away so why would these tattoos?
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