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LONDON — From the world’s youngest self-made billionaire to celebrities in court, the world of entertainment produced a wide array of headlines this year. Below are some of the biggest showbiz stories of 2019.
LOS ANGELES — Simba and Mufasa reigned supreme this weekend as Disney’s The Lion King dominated box office charts. Director Jon Favreau’s remake of the animated classic collected a massive $185 million from 4,756 North American theaters during its first three days of release.
LOS ANGELES — Disney’s Avengers: Endgame became the fastest film to gross $2 billion globally in just 11 days, crushing Avatar’s record of 47 days internationally. The Marvel juggernaut now stands as the second-biggest movie of all time with $2.188 billion worldwide.
THE final film of Marvel’s Avengers Infinity saga, Avengers: Endgame, shattered Philippine box- office records as it posted P937.5 million over the four days since it opened on April 24, making it the film with the biggest opening weekend of all time.
LOS ANGELES — Fans around the globe packed movie theaters for the debut of Avengers: Endgame over the weekend, pushing total ticket sales for the Walt Disney Co. superhero spectacle to a stunning $1.2 billion and crushing records in dozens of countries.
THE Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) has unveiled plans to create an online box office tracking system in order to “take the guesswork out of box office grosses,” according to the council’s chief executive.
DESPITE THREATS from streaming services and an overall feeling that Hollywood is bereft of new ideas, the movie industry turned in its best year ever in 2018, with the US leading the way to almost $42 billion in global ticket sales.
BEIJING -- China’s movie box office revenue rose 9% in 2018 to 60.98 billion yuan ($8.87 billion), state media reported, a slower pace than the 13.45% clocked for the previous year.
LOS ANGELES — Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is the new box office king, collecting a solid $35.4 million during its first three days of release.
LOS ANGELES — Disney’s Ralph Breaks the Internet topped a quiet weekend at the US box office, marking the third straight win for the animated sequel. It earned $16.2 million in its third week of release, generating $140 million since it opened over Thanksgiving.
NETFLIX INC. has an Oscar contender on its hands with Roma, a drama about a Mexico City family from Academy Award-winning director Alfonso Cuaron.
LOS ANGELES — Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald enchanted moviegoers with a debut of $62 million. While that’s slightly lower than the start of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the first installment in the Harry Potter spin-off series, it was easily enough to dominate the weekend box office.
LOS ANGELES — The Grinch proved it’s never too early for some holiday cheer as the animated family flick stole the weekend box office with $66 million from 4,141 locations.
A BIOPIC about rock ’n’ roll front man Freddie Mercury and the band Queen led the North American box office this weekend, scoring a rare win over a new Walt Disney Co. fairy tale that would normally be expected to dominate the competition.
LOS ANGELES — Halloween made a killing in North America, earning $77.5 million when the slasher film launched in 3,928 locations.
VENOM, a character from the comic-book world of Spider-Man, topped the box office for a second weekend, breathing life into Sony Pictures’ superhero movie plans.
LOS ANGELES — A horror comedy about a clock counting down to doomsday chimed in at the top of the North American box office this weekend, industry estimates showed on Sunday.
LOS ANGELES — The Predator — the latest installment in the long-running sci-fi action series — chewed up its rivals to debut atop the North American box office this weekend, industry data showed Sunday.
LOS ANGELES — It has been another crazy good weekend for rom-com Crazy Rich Asians, which topped the box office for a third straight weekend amid a pretty good summer for North American theaters overall, industry watchers said Sunday.
LOS ANGELES — Highly anticipated rom-com Crazy Rich Asians — the first Hollywood film with an mainly Asian cast in a generation — dazzled the North American box office in its debut weekend, claiming the top spot, industry estimates showed Sunday.
LOS ANGELES — Improbable? Maybe, but Mission Impossible — Fallout, the sixth and latest stunt-filled edition of the Tom Cruise action franchise has topped the weekend box office in North America, outperforming the five earlier Impossibles.
HOLLYWOOD — SUPERSTAR Denzel Washington had never made a sequel in a career reaching back nearly four decades, but when he did, with the Sony/Columbia production of The Equalizer 2, it managed to open at the top of the North American box office.
SHANGHAI — The screen portrayal of a cancer sufferer whose illegal import of foreign medicines into China spurred national policy changes has become a box-office smash as audiences flock to a rare Chinese film on a hot-button issue.
LOS ANGELES — Sony’s Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation booked a stay at the top of the North American box office, taking $44.1 million in ticket sales, according to industry estimates Sunday.
LOS ANGELES — Big-grossing films Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and Incredibles 2 again dominated the North American box office this weekend, but two new entrants beat expectations to place third and fourth, according to industry estimates on Sunday.
HOLLYWOOD — Huge, green and scary stomped on cute, young and funny in North American theaters this weekend as new release Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom took in a healthy $150 million to leap past last weekend’s leader, Incredibles 2.
LOS ANGELES — The opening weekend of Incredibles 2 was, well, incredible.
LOS ANGELES — Solo: A Star Wars Story clung to the top spot in North American theaters this weekend but again fell below expectations, taking in $29.3 million, just over a third its opening-weekend receipts, said box office tracker Exhibitor Relations.
LOS ANGELES — Solo: A Star Wars Story, the latest prequel in the hugely popular film franchise, struggled to achieve escape velocity this holiday...
LOS ANGELES — Avengers: Infinity War can check off yet another record: The second-highest second weekend of all time. Disney and Marvel’s latest collaboration earned...
LOS ANGELES — Avengers: Infinity War took in $630 million in its first weekend, the highest global opening of all time, industry estimates showed...
LOS ANGELES — Sci-fi horror film A Quiet Place snuck its way back to the top of the North American box offices over the...
WASHINGTON — Horror-thriller A Quiet Place, a movie featuring barely three minutes of dialogue, made a resounding debut in North American theaters over the...
LOS ANGELES — Digging in its claws, Black Panther has clung to its box-office lead for a fifth straight weekend, taking in an estimated...
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