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‘Avatar 2,’ ‘M3GAN’ hold onto top spots at the box office

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'Avatar 2,' 'M3GAN' hold onto top spots at the box office
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New movies like “Plane” and “House Party” were no match for “Avatar: The Way of Water” and the killer doll horror “M3GAN” at the box office this weekend. The two holdovers topped the charts again according to studio estimates Sunday.

In first place for the fifth weekend in a row was James Cameron’s “Avatar” sequel, which added an estimated $31.1 million through Sunday. That total will likely balloon to $38.5 million by the end of Monday’s Martin Luther King holiday. As of Sunday, the film’s domestic total now rests at $562.9 million (the 13th biggest of all time) and its global total is $1.89 billion. “Avatar 2” needs to pass $1.92 billion to trump “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” which is currently the sixth highest grossing film of all time globally.

“There were such huge expectations and a lot of naysayers that opening weekend,” said Paul Dergarabedian, the senior media analyst for Comscore. “But ‘Avatar,’ for a James Cameron movie, is moving at lightning speed up the domestic and global box office chart. I think he always knew this would be a $2 billion movie.”

Second place went to Universal and Blumhouse’s “M3GAN” which in its second weekend in theaters added $17.9 million through Sunday and an estimated $21.2 million including Monday. The modestly budgeted thriller that cost a reported $12 million to produce has made $59.8 million in North America.

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Horror movies typically have very steep second weekend drop offs in ticket sales, but “M3GAN” only fell 41%. Dergarabedian said that’s almost unheard of for a horror picture and shows “world class staying power.”

Universal also claimed the third place spot, with “Puss in Boots: The Last Wish,” which audiences continued to seek out in theaters even though it’s currently available to rent at home. The family-friendly animated film added $13.4 million in its fourth weekend, bringing its domestic total to $110.3 million.

“A Man Called Otto,” from Columbia Pictures, expanded to 3,802 theaters this weekend, adding $12.7 million through Sunday, and $15 million including Monday, to take fourth place. Directed by Marc Forster, the adaptation of “A Man Called Ove” starring Tom Hanks is proving to be something of a rarity in the theatrical marketplace as an adult-targeted drama that is doing well.

The Gerard Butler action pic “Plane,” a Lionsgate acquisition for release in North America, rounded out the top five with a better-than-expected $10 million in its first three days. In the film, Butler plays a pilot whose crash landing on an island is only the first of his troubles. On the island, most of the passengers are taken hostage. “Plane” got better-than-average reviews with 75% positive from critics on Rotten Tomatoes.

Sixth place went to the second major new offering this weekend, “House Party,” a reboot of Reginald Hudlin’s 1990 hit that spawned several spinoffs. The film, which made $3.9 million through Sunday from 1,400 locations, was originally intended as a straight-to-HBO Max property but Warner Bros. pivoted to a theatrical release as a gesture to audiences and exhibitors hungry for new films. The R-rated, youth-oriented comedy did not score well with critics.

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Overall, the three-day box office total is going to net out around $100 million, which is not quite at pre-pandemic levels, but still up some 44% from the same weekend last year.

“January is not going to be the slow month we thought. It’s a great combination of films out there that’s not just dominated by ‘Avatar: The Way of Water,’” Dergarabedian said. “Theaters need movies and the studios are supplying those.”

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore, with Wednesday through Sunday in parentheses. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

1. “Avatar: The Way of Water,” $31.1 million.

2. “M3GAN,” $17.9 million.

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3. “Puss in Boots: The Last Wish,” $13.4 million.

4. “A Man Called Otto,” $12.7 million.

5. “Plane,” $10 million.

6. “House Party,” $3.9 million.

7. “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” $2.2 million.

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8. “The Whale,” $1.5 million.

9. “I Wanna Dance With Somebody,” $1.2 million.

10. “Waltair Veeraya,” 905,000.

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Virat Kohli’s restaurant set to open in Hyderabad

Virat Kohli’s restaurant set to open in Hyderabad

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Hyderabad, known for its rich culinary heritage, is all set to welcome a new celebrity-owned restaurant.

We are speaking about the launch of One 8 Commune, an eatery owned by none other than cricket icon Virat Kohli.

After winning hearts in Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Kolkata, and Bengaluru, One 8 Commune is set to open its doors in Hyderabad.

The excitement is palpable among Virat Kohli’s fans as One 8 Commune prepares to make its mark in Hyderabad’s bustling Hi-Tech City area.

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Located at RMZ The Loft, Knowledge City, the restaurant is poised to become a go-to spot for both tech professionals and families looking for a dining experience that combines style and comfort.

The anticipation has been building ever since the official Instagram page of One 8 Commune teased Hyderabadi foodies with a post captioned, “Hyderabad – Are you ready? Opening soon in the heart of HiTec City.

Get ready to level up your communing experience.”

The restaurant is now taking reservations for the 24th of May and onwards, signaling the start of a new chapter in Hyderabad’s dining scene.

Launched in 2017, One 8 Commune has quickly become a favorite among food enthusiasts, known for its comfortable and authentic ambiance.

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Sania seems happy as she shares nameplate for her house with son Izhaan

Sania seems happy as she shares nameplate for her house with son Izhaan

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Sania Mirza is currently enjoying a peaceful life with her son Izhaan Mirza Malik who is said to be affected by his parents’ divorce. 

A while ago, she gave a peek into her happy life with her little boy and her best friends.

Amid a busy work schedule, Sania Mirza is making sure to spend some time with her son Izhaan and unwind with her besties too.

She shared a photo gallery consisting of all the wonderful memories she made in the past days.

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The photo dump opened with a nameplate with her and her son’s name on it.

She also dropped multiple selfies of herself and Izhaan. In one picture, there’s a coffee cup that reads, ‘Choose to be happy’ while another says, ‘Fueled by caffeine and sarcasm.’

Soon after, her friend and actress Sagarika Ghatge Khan went to the comments section and showered red hearts on those wholesome images.

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Ranbir Kapoor’s film ‘Ramayan’ halted over copyright issue

Ranbir Kapoor’s film ‘Ramayan’ halted over copyright issue

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Ranbir Kapoor's film 'Ramayan' halted over copyright issue

 It has been rumoured that Ramayan has been halted.

The film stars Ranbir Kapoor as the lead character of Ram.

According to reports, allegations of copyright infringement have led to the pausing of the shooting schedule.

Producer Madhu Mantena was apparently part of the original production team.

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Although he backed out of the film, Madhu has reportedly requested the crew to halt production until a few copyright issues are sorted.

A source stated: “Filming continued for a few days after the notice, but has been on hold since last week.

“The legalities need to be sorted out and filming will only resume after a consensus is reached on the matter.”

In May 2024, it was also reported that producers intended to increase security on the film’s set.

Ramayan is set to be directed by Nitesh Tiwari, and will also star Lara Dutta, Arun Govil, and Sunny Deol.

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In April 2024, it was announced that Yash was signed as a co-producer for the ambitious project.
Delving into his involvement, he said: “As a third-generation filmmaker who has spent the last thirty years building a garage start-up into the world’s largest and most celebrated company in its field, I feel that all of my experience has been leading to this moment.

“Our interpretation will be told without compromise and presented in such a way that Indian hearts will swell with pride to see their culture brought to the rest of the world in this way.

“We are assembling the very best global talent – from our filmmakers, to our stars, to our crews, to our backers and investors – to tell this epic story with the care, attention, and conviction that it deserves.

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