‘Avengers: Endgame’ wins third weekend in a row as ‘Detective Pikachu’ takes No. 2

New York (CNN Business)“Avengers: Endgame” won the domestic box office for the third weekend in a row. The Disney and Marvel film brought in an estimated $63.1 million in North America this weekend. The superhero film, which shattered box office records with a $1.2 billion global opening last month, is the second-highest grossing film of all time. Only 2009’s “Avatar” has made more at the global box office. “Endgame” has made $2.4 billion globally. It was the fastest film in history to make $2 billion. That includes $724 million domestically, which makes “Endgame” the third highest-grossing film in North American history. Hollywood looks to end out May with a strong slate of films. “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum,” “Aladdin,” …

‘Avengers: Endgame’ goes for more box office records this weekend

New York (CNN Business)It looks like “Avengers: Endgame” is not done breaking box office records. The record for biggest second weekend belongs to “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which made $149 million for its second weekend in 2015, according to Comscore (SCOR). “If anyone is wondering how you follow up the biggest opening weekend in box office history, it’s with the biggest second weekend ever recorded, a feat that is within reach,” Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Comscore, told CNN Business. Dergarabedian said the film “looks to attract more repeat business” as well as “newcomers who were waiting on the sidelines until now.” “Avengers: Infinity War,” the prequel to “Endgame,” dropped 55% for its second weekend last April. If …

‘Avengers: Endgame’ crosses the $2 billion mark in record time

New York (CNN Business)“Avengers: Endgame” is still dominating the box office. So where does “Endgame” go from here? The film now sets its sights on the highest grossing film in history, “Avatar.” “Endgame” had the biggest global opening in film history with an unprecedented $1.2 billion opening last weekend. That included a record $357 million opening weekend in North America. “In this post-honeymoon phase, ‘Endgame’ has proven that it is no one-weekend wonder,” Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Comscore (SCOR), told CNN Business. Dergarabedian said the film “continues to engender both enthusiasm and love from audiences around the globe” who have been captivated the “story, the characters and the significance” of the Avengers’ epic finale. Can it make it …

Adam Sandler returns to ‘SNL’ with a song about how he was fired

(CNN)Adam Sandler returned to “Saturday Night Live” with a song parodying his departure from the show two decades ago. The next verse of the song continued: “I think they just hate the Jews. I was fired, not rehired. It made me sad and blue.” Then came a cameo by fellow “SNL” alumnus Chris Rock, who was on the show from 1990 to 1993. Sandler asked Rock why he left the show. “I got fired. I was fired. I was fired by NBC,” Rock sang. “Then I went on ‘In Living Color,’ three weeks later they took it off TV.” “In Living Color” was an African-American variety show that aired on Fox between 1990 and 1994. Current “SNL” cast member Pete …

Camera firm distances itself from Tiananmen Square advert

Leica, whose biggest growth market is China, say short film was not officially sanctioned Western companies trying to do business in China learned long ago that they must bow, at least in part, to the political demands of an authoritarian state. So when the German camera-maker Leica Tiananmen Square crackdown appears to have been an extraordinary and potentially very expensive mistake. China is currently Leicas biggest growth market, told the dating back years and taking in several award-winning short films in a similar vein to the most recent one. One of the ads directors told the tank man photo that came to define the Chinese protesters peaceful showdown with heavily armed authorities. This film is dedicated to those who lend …

Here’s who made Hollywood Reporter’s list of most powerful figures in New York media

New York (CNN Business)The Hollywood Reporter unveiled its 2019 list of the most powerful figures in New York media on Thursday and this year it’s composed of some of the most influential people in the news business. From the morning network news programs, ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos, Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts, GMA co-host Michael Strahan, CBS This Morning co-hosts Gayle King, Norah O’Donnell and John Dickerson, as well as Today show co-anchors Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb, and Craig Melvin made the list. From the network evening newscasts, there is David Muir, Jeff Glor, and Lester Holt, anchors for ABC World News Tonight, CBS Evening News and NBC Nightly News, respectively. Television news executives on the list …

What Fleabag did next: future looks bright for Phoebe Waller-Bridge

Creator of hit sitcom not short of offers and hints Fleabag could return when she is 50 It has been described as a near perfect work of art with an ending that Fleabag, her next step is being eagerly anticipated by viewers and industry insiders alike. The BBC Three show ended on Monday after two series with a climactic episode that provided a definitive coda to the will-they-wont-they relationship between Waller-Bridges eponymous millennial neer-do-well and Andrew Scotts troubled, if much lusted after, priest. The episode and the series as a whole has received rapturous reviews from critics, with the Daily Mail describing it as redemptive, unsentimental and beautiful and the Metro declaring it a masterpiece. With the shows conclusion which …

Coca-Cola and Disney partner for new ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’ land

Anaheim (CNN Business)Disney and Coca-Cola, two of the most recognizable brands on earth, are going to be together in a galaxy far, far away. The lands, which are set to open at Disneyland in California on May 31 and on August 29 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida, will act as a fully immersive experience that feels like being in an actual “Star Wars” film. The Coke partnership is just another aspect of that. The “Star Wars” packaging of the cola products help to maintain the illusion of the land and its story for guests. The new lands will include interactive rides like Smuggler’s Run, where guests can fly the Millennium Falcon, and feature bars and restaurants like Oga’s Cantina. …

Kathie Lee Gifford says she is ‘evolving,’ not retiring, as she exits the ‘Today’ show

New York (CNN Business)A version of this article first appeared in the “Reliable Sources” newsletter. You can sign up for free right here. Cheers to Kathie Lee Some morning-evening synergy: Lester Holt had an interview with Gifford on Thursday’s “Nightly News.” She said “everything” on the show with Kotb “comes out of a real friendship.” As for the ever-present wine, she said “it set the tone for, ‘welcome to our party.’ “We’re having a good time and it’s not at anybody’s expense. It’s not mean-spirited.” Holt asked: “Kathie Lee is not retiring, you’re… what?” Gifford: “Evolving!” → NBC News prez Noah Oppenheim said earlier that “Kathie Lee’s plate has been overflowing lately with film, music and book projects,” and “she’s …

‘Dumbo’ underwhelms but ‘Us’ crosses $100 million at the box office

New York (CNN Business)“Dumbo” didn’t fly quite as high as expected this weekend. Peele’s follow up to “Get Out” has now made $174.5 million globally. The second weekend total for “Us” marked a 53% drop from its opening weekend haul. But “Us,” which cost $20 million to make, surprised Hollywood with a $71 million opening last weekend. The second weekend drop for “Us” put it roughly in line with other horror hits, such as 2017’s “It” and 2018’s “Halloween,” which dropped by 51% and 59% respectively in their second weeks, according to Comscore (SCOR). “Dumbo” was the latest Disney animated classic to get a reboot. Others like “Beauty and the Beast” in 2017 and “Alice in Wonderland” in 2010 were …

What Apple is up against in the streaming-video world

New York (CNN Business)We don’t know exactly what Apple will debut during its big press event on Monday. A new streaming-video product? A revamped TV app and video storefront? There’s Disney (DIS), which will demo its new service Disney+ at an investor day on April 11. The House of Mouse has one of the most vast (if not the most vast) content libraries in Hollywood: We’re talking “Star Wars,” Marvel, Disney Animation, Disney live action, Pixar and now, thanks to its $71 billion acquisition of Fox’s assets earlier this week, even more content. Disney also owns a controlling stake of Hulu, which gives it an even bigger slice of the streaming pie. AT&T (T)‘s WarnerMedia, CNN’s parent company, is also …

Delhi Crime: Netflix drama takes on gang rape that shocked India

Series focuses on aftermath of crime that pushed government into changing sexual assault laws Two Delhi police officers drive along a dark highway to the home of an accused rapist, reflecting on the increasingly sadistic violence they are seeing in the Indian capital. Its simple, one tells the other. The bigger the gap between the rich and poor, the more the crimes. Delhi Crime, a Netflix miniseries debuting globally on Friday, reconstructs the police investigation into the notorious 2012 gang rape and murder of Jyoti Singh. The students killing triggered protests across India, reform of the countrys sexual assault laws and an ongoing reckoning about womens safety in the country. The appropriately moody drama dwells on the role that Indias …

Washington is awash with speculation about Robert Mueller report timing

New York (CNN Business)A version of this article first appeared in the “Reliable Sources” newsletter. You can sign up for free right here. This NYT story about DC holding its breath is on the front page of Wednesday’s newspaper. Nicholas Fandos and Noah Weiland write: “It may or may not be the report of the century, it may or may not be ready soon, and it may be only a few pages long. But it is unquestionably one of the capital’s most anticipated documents since the Starr Report.” So is this the week? I wish I knew. But The Times is right about the rumors and guessing games. And even if Mueller doesn’t deliver anything, his probe is still making …

‘Captain Marvel’ is here to save the 2019 box office

New York (CNN Business)Marvel superheroes have saved cities, worlds and galaxies and now their newest hero is going to try to save the 2019 box office. “It’s been really bad,” Dergarabedian told CNN Business. “There’s been no films this year that have made people want to leave the warm comforts of their home, but maybe ‘Captain Marvel’ can change that.” M. Night Shyamalan’s horror flick “Glass” is the highest-grossing film of the year so far at $109 million. After that, it’s the Kevin Hart comedy “The Upside” and “How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.” February was especially rough with ticket revenue down 38% from this time last year when the records-shattering “Black Panther” premiered and went on to …

Guardian film Black Sheep nominated for best short documentary Oscar

Ed Perkins film about a young black boys response to a racist gang after he moves out of London is up for an Academy award murder of schoolboy Damilola Taylor in 2000. Walker, the same age as Taylor and of similar background, found himself confronting a gang of local racists and, after first fighting back, went to extraordinary lengths to fit in and gain their friendship. The film features interviews with Walker looking back 15 years on from the events he describes, which are re-enacted in the locations where they took place, with Kai Francis Lewis playing Walker. Responding to the nomination, Walker said that he was, humbled and proud. I worked on this film to tell my story and …

Why Netflix and Hollywood spend millions to win Oscars

New York (CNN Business)Academy Award winners will likely thank their entourage, their family and God on Sunday for receiving Hollywood’s highest honor, but they might owe their biggest debt to the studios that footed the bill for their pricey Oscars campaigns. Netflix, with its outsider status, has been chided for its attempts to disrupt the rules and established order of the movie industry. Now, Netflix is once again inserting itself into a game played by big studios like Disney and Warner Bros. by spending a reported $25 million to $30 million on a campaign for its Best Picture contender, “Roma.” The streaming giant is already the talk of Hollywood and it’s one of the most dominant media companies on Earth, …