Box office: ‘Despicable Me 2’ holds top spot for 2nd week
Universal’s minions ran away with the box office for the second week in a row.
With $44.8 million in domestic ticket sales Friday through Sunday, the animated sequel “Despicable Me 2” outdid the debuts of the Adam Sandler comedy “Grown Ups 2” and director Guillermo del Toro’s monsters-vs.-robots action flick “Pacific Rim.”
The weekend’s No. 1 movie featuring Steve Carell as ex-supervillain Gru made an additional $55.5 million overseas. That brought its global two-week total to $472.4 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.
Sony was pleased with Sandler’s second-best movie opening of his career with $42.5 million in sales in the U.S. and Canada (his best domestic opening was “The Longest Yard” from 2005 with $58.6 million over four days). Overseas, the comedy brought in $1.7 million.
The movie brings together former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal as a bumbling police officer with a host of comedy All-Stars including Chris Rock and David Spade playing awkward parents.
The third-place finish of “Pacific Rim,” with $38.3 million in receipts, represented a disappointing start domestically for Warner Bros. and partner Legendary Entertainment. Figures released by the studio showed it doing better overseas.
The movie took in $53 million from 38 markets outside the U.S. and Canada, representing about half its overseas footprint. It has yet to open in China or Japan, the home of the movie’s co-star, Rinko Kikuchi.
Cory Monteith, star of hit show ‘Glee,’ found dead
VANCOUVER, British Columbia
Cory Monteith, the handsome young actor who shot to fame in the hit TV series “Glee” but was beset by addiction struggles so fierce that he once said he was lucky to be alive, was found dead in a hotel room, police said. He was 31.
The Canadian-born Monteith, who played star quarterback-turned-singer Finn Hudson on the Fox TV series about a high-school glee club, was found dead in his room on the 21st floor of the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel on Vancouver’s waterfront about noon Saturday, according to police.
Acting Vancouver Police Chief Doug LePard said there was no indication of foul play.
Vancouver police said Sunday that an autopsy is expected to take place today to determine the cause of death.
Monteith’s body was found by hotel staff who entered his room after he missed his check-out time, LePard said. Monteith had checked into the hotel July 6.
LePard said Monteith had been out with people earlier and that those people are being interviewed.
Video and electronic records from the hotel indicate Monteith returned to his room by himself early Saturday morning, and he was believed to be alone when he died, LePard said.
Lea Michele, Monteith’s “Glee” co-star and real-life girlfriend, was asking for privacy after receiving news of his death, said her representative, Molly Kawachi of ID-PR.
Halle Berry ties the knot
Halle Berry married her fiance, French actor Olivier Martinez, in a weekend ceremony in a village church where princes are buried in France’s Burgundy region.
The owner of the Chateau de Vallery, where the couple stayed with their 60 guests, said Sunday that the betrothal a day earlier ended with a dinner and an unusual fireworks display — of water, fire and snow — in the chateau gardens. A wedding cake followed.
Patrice Vansteenberghe said the actress — 46 and pregnant — and her 47-year-old husband “were very beautiful and very happy.”
Berry’s publicist, Meredith O’Sullivan Wasson, confirmed the marriage.