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A year in showbiz: court drama, box office records and a...

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.

Avengers: Endgame to beat Avatar at box office

SAN DIEGO — Marvel Studios superhero movie Avengers: Endgame will claim the top of the global box office charts by Sunday, distributor Walt Disney Co. said.

The Lion King rules with $185 million US debut, $433 million...

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.

Avengers: Endgame fastest film to hit $2 billion in the box...

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.

Avengers: Endgame shatters PHL box-office records

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.

World turns out for record Avengers: Endgame movie debut

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.

FDCP unveils plans for box-office tracking system, film archives

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.

Aquaman swims past Batman into record books

TURNS OUT Superman and Batman have nothing on Aquaman.

Superhero movies prove indestructible, lift N. American box office to record...

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.

China’s 2018 movie box office revenue growth slows

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.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse swings to $35-M debut, Mortal Engines sputters

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.

Ralph Breaks the Internet narrowly defeats Grinch in sleepy pre-holiday weekend

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 tiptoes into theaters, but keeps box office quiet

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.

Ralph tops US Thanksgiving box office

LOS ANGELES — Disney’s Ralph Breaks the Internet dominated the Thanksgiving box office, generating a massive $84.6 million at 4,017 locations over the five-day holiday period and $56 million for the weekend.

Fantastic Beasts 2 charms with $62-M debut

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.

Grinch sees green with $66M at N. American box office, Overlord...

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.

Fox’s Freddie Mercury biopic is champion over Disney’s Nutcracker

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.

Halloween scares away box office competition

LOS ANGELES — Halloween easily stayed No. 1 at the domestic box office in its second weekend as the spooky holiday nears.

Halloween slashes franchise record with $77.5 million launch

LOS ANGELES — Halloween made a killing in North America, earning $77.5 million when the slasher film launched in 3,928 locations.

Venom wins US box office again, boosting Sony’s superhero strategy

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.

Sony superhero outdraws Lady Gaga’s starring role

A POORLY reviewed Marvel movie from Sony Corp. outdrew Lady Gaga’s widely acclaimed remake of A Star Is Born at the North American box office, proving a superhero and lots of special effects still rule the day with film fans.

House with a Clock chimes in atop N. America box office

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.

Predator slays competition at N.America box office

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.

Crazy Rich Asians still top of N. America box office

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.

More box office riches for Crazy Rich Asians

WASHINGTON — Rom-com Crazy Rich Asians continued to sparkle in North America, topping the box office for the second weekend running, according to industry estimates Sunday.

Crazy Rich Asians sparkles at N. America box office

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.

The Meg chomps up competition at US box office

LOS ANGELES — The North American box office was under attack from sci-fi horror film The Meg this weekend, industry estimates showed Sunday, as it more than doubled the earnings of its closest competitor to claim the top spot.

Cruise’s latest Impossible tops US box office

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.

Second time lucky for Denzel whose new film tops US box...

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.

Hot-button film is China’s surprise box-office hit

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.

Hotel Transylvania books spot at top of US box office

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.

Ant-Man and Wasp fly to top of US box office

HOLLYWOOD — The Disney/Marvel film Ant-Man and the Wasp swatted away competition over the weekend, logging $76 million in ticket sales in North America, according to industry estimates on Sunday.

Jurassic dinos boost N. American box office

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.

Big, mean and making the green: Jurassic tops N. America box...

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.

Incredibles 2 shatters records with heroic $180-M US opening

LOS ANGELES — The opening weekend of Incredibles 2 was, well, incredible.

The women of Ocean’s 8 steal a big lead at US...

LOS ANGELES — The women of Ocean’s 8 proved this weekend that they know how to steal the show — and much more — as the new heist flick took in an estimated $41.5 million in North American theaters.

Solo stays aloft but loses altitude in N. American theaters

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.

Solo: A Star Wars Story struggles to take off in opening...

LOS ANGELES — Solo: A Star Wars Story, the latest prequel in the hugely popular film franchise, struggled to achieve escape velocity this holiday...

Avengers: Infinity War scores second-biggest second weekend ever

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...

Avengers opens with $630M, smashing the global record

LOS ANGELES — Avengers: Infinity War took in $630 million in its first weekend, the highest global opening of all time, industry estimates showed...

A Quiet Place sneaks back to top of the N. American...

LOS ANGELES — Sci-fi horror film A Quiet Place snuck its way back to the top of the North American box offices over the...

Rampage takes box-office lead

LOS ANGELES — Sci-fi action flick Rampage topped North American box offices over the weekend, taking in an estimated $34.5 million to barely beat...

A Quiet Place makes a lot of noise in North American...

WASHINGTON — Horror-thriller A Quiet Place, a movie featuring barely three minutes of dialogue, made a resounding debut in North American theaters over the...

Ready Player One more-than-ready atop box office

LOS ANGELES — Steven Spielberg’s latest blockbuster topped the domestic box office over the four-day holiday weekend. Warner Bros.’ Ready Player One debuted in line...

Black Panther clings to lead, nears an all-time record

LOS ANGELES — Digging in its claws, Black Panther has clung to its box-office lead for a fifth straight weekend, taking in an estimated...