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'Avengers: Infinity War' was the box office champ this weekend! Shocker!
The superhero ensemble epic Avengers: Infinity War is the No. 1 movie in North America, earning $250 million in receipts this weekend, BoxOfficeMojo.com announced.
If Sunday's estimates hold through Monday's final tabulations, Infinity Wars will set a new, domestic, box-office record, beating 2015's Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which opened at $248 million.
Both movies were released by Disney.
Coming in at No. 2 this weekend is A Quiet Place with $10.7 million, followed by I Feel Pretty at No. 3 with $8.1 million, Rampage at No. 4 with $7.1 million and Black Panther at No. 5 with $4.4 million.
Rounding out the top tier are Super Troopers 2 at No. 6 with $3.6 million, Truth or Dare at No. 7 with $3.2 million, Blockers at No. 8 with $2.9 million, Ready Player One at No. 9 with $2.4 million and Traffik at No. 10 with $1.6 million.
Did you see Infinity War? Please, DON'T spoil it for me! I didn't get a chance to see it, but I did watch Captain America: Civil War. It was awesome! I really want to see Black Panther now. Maybe I can see Black Panther and then Avengers? I just might do that.
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ABBA calls recording new songs an 'extremely joyful experience'
The original members of the Swedish pop group ABBA announced Friday they have recorded two new songs.
"We all four felt that, after some 35 years, it could be fun to join forces again and go into the recording studio. So we did," the band said on its website Friday. "And it was like time had stood still and that we only had been away on a short holiday. An extremely joyful experience! We may have come of age, but the song is new. And it feels good."
One of the new tracks, "I Still Have Faith in You," is set for release in December and will be part of the Virtual Abba avatar tour experience that is to begin next year, Variety said.
No details about the second song they recorded this year have been disclosed yet.
Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad formed the group in 1972, but they broke up a decade later after producing hits such as "Dancing Queen," "Take a Chance on Me," "Mamma Mia," "Super Troopers," "The Winner Takes it All," "S.O.S.," "I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do," "Waterloo," "Thank You for the Music" and "Honey, Honey."
Their music is the foundation for the stage musical Mamma Mia! and its film adaptation, as well as the upcoming movie musical Mamma Mia!: Here We Go Again.
Michelle Pfeiffer joins cast of 'Maleficent 2'
Michelle Pfeiffer is set to star in Disney's upcoming sequel to Maleficent 2 that will again feature Angelina Jolie in the title role.
Pfeiffer will portray a queen in the film. The actress will be joined by series star Elle Fanning and by Ed Skrein, new to franchise, who will portray a villain.
Joachim Ronning, co-director of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, is helming Maleficent 2 based on a screenplay by Jez Butterworth and Linda Woolverton.
The first Maleficent, released in 2014, featured Jolie as the Sleeping Beauty villain and told the fairytale story from her perspective. No plot details about the sequel have been released. The first film grossed $758 million at the global box office.
Pfeiffer will next be seen in Marvel sequel Ant-Man as the Wasp as Janet Van Dyne, the mother of series star Evangeline Lilly's Hope van Dyne and the wife of the original Ant-Man Hank Pym, played by Michael Douglas.
Pfeiffer had her 60th birthday on Sunday.
"I remained silent in an attempt to protect my family from further embarrassment and to restore a small degree of the privacy they have lost. But defending my family now requires me to speak up."
--Matt Lauer, speaking out about his silence after being fired from NBC, in an exclusive statement to PEOPLE
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Which superhero took to Twitter to congratulate the Avengers on winning the weekend box office?
Amy Schumer hospitalized for kidney infection, misses movie premiere
Comedian Amy Schumer said she was hospitalized with a kidney infection this week.
Schumer, 36, posted on Instagram Friday a makeup-free photo of her in a hospital bed. In a lengthy message accompanying the image, she thanked her family, friends, doctors, nurses and new husband Chris Fischer.
"I wanted to share this with you because this is sexy as hell but mostly because I was meant to go to London for the opening of I Feel Pretty and my doctors have told me that's a no go," she said. "I'm really disappointed selfishly to miss this trip because I love London and Europe in general and all the great people (food) there. But I need to put my health first. I am so grateful for all the support the movie is getting. I hope people check it out in England and everywhere else in the world. It's sweet and fun and you will walk out feeling better. Which is something I hope to feel soon too."
Schumer married Fischer in February. She is scheduled to guest host Saturday Night Live on May 12.
Kevin Bacon says Syfy passed on 'Tremors' pilot
A planned Tremors television series is no longer in the works at Syfy, actor-producer Kevin Bacon announced via Instagram Saturday.
"Sad to report that my dream of revisiting the world of Perfection will not become a reality," Bacon wrote. "Although we made a fantastic pilot (IMHO) the network has decided not to move forward. Thanks to our killer cast and everyone behind the scenes who worked so hard. And always keep one eye out for GRABOIDS!"
Bacon, 59, appeared in the original 1990 Tremors creature feature, which was followed by four direct-to-video sequels and a short-lived television series. The re-booted show would have picked up 25 years after the first film, with Bacon once again playing Valentine McKee, the hero who must protect the town of Perfection, Nev. from giant, killer worms.
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Which actor (and his superhero alter-ego) took to Twitter to congratulate the Avengers on winning the weekend box office?
Ryan Reynolds posted on Twitter a rejection letter his character Deadpool received from Marvel's superhero team, the Avengers.
"No. Absolutely not. Go bother Prof. X. No," the letter, with the subject line "Re: Joining the Avengers," said. The note is signed by Avengers member Tony Stark, also known as Iron Man.
Professor X, as Tony Stark mentioned, is the leader of the X-Men, Marvel's mutant superhero team that Deadpool is connected to.
"From a guy who never knows when to quit, I'm glad you guys never did. Congrats #Avengers," Reynolds said, seemingly in reference to the box office take of the latest Avengers film, Infinity War, which became the No. 1 film in North America by earning $250 million. The number is a new, domestic box-office record for biggest opening weekend, putting Infinity War ahead of Star Wars: The Force Awakens which earned $248 million in its first week.
Reynolds will next be seen in Deadpool 2, which is to arrive in theaters on May 18. The latest trailer for the film featured the foul-mouthed mutant poking fun at other superhero films from Marvel and DC including how actor Josh Brolin stars in Deadpool 2 as Cable and in Avengers: Infinity War as Thanos.