- Created on 18 November 2013
This photo released by Universal Pictures shows, from left, Monica Calhoun as Mia, Melissa De Sousa as Shelby and Nia Long as Jordan, enjoying the show in a scene from "The Best Man Holiday." The movie releases in theaters on Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. (AP Photo / Universal Pictures, Michael Gibson)
NEW YORK (AP) -- In an unlikely battle of sequels, "Thor: The Dark World" bested "The Best Man Holiday" at the box office.
Disney's "Thor: The Dark World" continued its box-office reign with $38.5 million in its second week of release, according to studio estimates Sunday. Opening 15 years after the original "The Best Man," Universal's "The Best Man Holiday" opened strongly with $30.6 million.
Drawing an overwhelmingly female and African-American audience, "The Best Man Holiday" was a surprise challenger for the mighty "Thor." The R-rated romantic comedy, with an ensemble cast including Morris Chestnut and Taye Diggs, debuted with more than three times the box office of 1999's "The Best Man." That film opened with $9 million.
The performance of Malcolm D. Lee's "The Best Man Holiday" continued an ongoing trend. Movies that appeal particularly to black audiences have often been surpassing expectations at the box office.
"It's a familiar refrain, and it's getting a little tired," said Lee. "I thought we had a chance to do something special."
"Lee Daniels' The Butler" led the box office for several weeks in August, leading to a cumulative total of $115.5 million domestically. The Oscar-contender "12 Years a Slave" has made $25 million in five weeks of limited release.
Lee said that while black audiences "see everything" at the movies, from action movies to romantic comedies, he hopes broader audiences begin responding to so-called "black films." The audience for "Best Man Holiday" was 87 percent African-American.
Regardless, a third "Best Man" film now seems a likely bet.
"If there is going to be a sequel, it won't take 14 years," granted Lee.
Marvel's Norse superhero, however, has been hammering audiences around the globe. "Thor: The Dark World" made $52.5 million internationally over the weekend, bringing its worldwide total to $479.8 million. With Chris Hemsworth as the title character and Tom Hiddleston as the popular villain Loki, the Thor franchise has proven to be one of Marvel's most successful.
Just as "Thor" approached the half-billion mark, Warner Bros.' space adventure "Gravity" crossed it. In seven weeks of release, "Gravity" has made $514.9 million globally.
"The Best Man Holiday" was the only new wide-release opening over the weekend, as the marketplace clears out for the release of "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." In limited release, Alexander Payne's black-and-white Midwest road trip "Nebraska" opened in four locations with a solid $35,000 per theater average for Paramount Pictures.
Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street" was originally slated to open, but was postponed to Dec. 25 by Paramount.
Expected to be one of the year's biggest debuts, Lionsgate's "Catching Fire" will abruptly close the box-office window for "Thor" next weekend. "Catching Fire" opened in Brazil over the weekend, earning $6.3 million.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Rentrak. Where available, latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.
1. "Thor: The Dark World," $38.5 million ($52.5 million international).
2. "The Best Man Holiday," $30.6 million.
3. "Last Vegas," $8.9 million ($3.5 million international).
4. "Free Birds," $8.3 million ($1.2 million international).
5. "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa," $7.7 million ($5.5 million international).
6. "Gravity," $6.3 million ($18.5 million).
7. "Ender's Game," $6.2 million ($2.2 million international).
8. "12 Years a Slave," $4.7 million.
9. "Captain Phillips," $4.5 million ($8.4 million international).
10. "About Time," $3.5 million ($1.9 million international).
- Created on 18 November 2013
Kanye West continued his impromptu 2013 radio tour on Monday, stopping by Philadelphia station Hot 107.9 for an interview with morning show hosts Shamara and Laiya. The 20-minute chat, available in three videos online, covered a wide array of topics, including West's current Yeezus Tour, his early rap influences ("Hammer, LL Cool J, Run DMC") and his profession:
People get mad at me saying that I am a creative genius, but it's just obvious. It's, like, factual. [...] I'm not a musician, I don't even know how to play the piano. I would write creative genius when I go through the airport -- and you have to put that in customs [forms], where you put what your title is -- except for two reasons: it takes too long to write and sometimes I spell the word genius wrong.
Toward the end of the Hot 107.9 interview, West was asked about his relationship with Barack Obama and whether he would ever "break bread" with the president:
Oh, you talking about how he use to come and visit me and my mama and tell me he's about to run for president? I just think that we're pop icons, and the president likes to use that type of thing just to be down. People was fine with me being everyone's punching bag for about five years. "This is the person we love to hate, so if you want to distract people from everything that's going on [...] just say you hate Kanye and there's going be 30 other people who say they hate Kanye." That was kind of my position in culture and he kind of used that too. "Oh, he's a jackass," because that's how the world felt.
- Created on 15 November 2013
(EW.com) -- Mariah Carey is clarifying her feelings about working on Fox's "American Idol."
"Honestly, I hated it," she said during a Hot 97 radio interview when asked about her time judging season 12 of the talent competition earlier this year along with Randy Jackson, Keith Urban and — most infamously and contentiously — Nicki Minaj.
So how much did she hate it?
"I was led to believe — I was the first person signed on," Carey said (video below). "Heaven forbid I look like I'm saying something negative, but honestly I thought it was going to be a three-person panel. They gave me a nice dangling monetary moment. I was like, okay, Randy Jackson will be there, I've known him forever. This isn't a big deal. This will be nothing. But it wasn't that. It was like hell. It was like going to work every day in hell with Satan."
So, yes. She apparently really despised being on Idol.
As Carey laughed and covered her eyes at her last comment, the host asked, "Really?" And then Carey added: "Nah, I'm just playing. It didn't affect me that much."
Oh, okay, she was pretty cool with it?
"I was disappointed," she added-added.
- Created on 15 November 2013
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Spike Lee has asked a federal judge to throw out lawsuit filed by a Florida couple who say the movie director mistakenly retweeted their address as the home of George Zimmerman.
Lee's attorneys filed a motion Tuesday to dismiss the lawsuit brought by Elaine and David McClain. The director's attorneys argued the lawsuit should be tossed out since the couple reached a $10,000 settlement with Lee last year.
"The court should dismiss this case because plaintiffs have already settled the claim of negligence," Lee's attorneys said.
The McClains contend the settlement only covered damages through the March 2012 settlement date and didn't include suffering that occurred afterward, including the aftermath last July of Zimmerman's acquittal in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
The McClains received death threats and had to move out of their home after the original Twitter post, they said in their lawsuit.
"Plaintiffs suffered and continue to suffer mental anguish and distress," the McClains attorneys said in the complaint. "Plaintiffs suffered and continue to suffer anxiety and fear."