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‘Jurassic World’ sequel stomps into 1st place

Monday, June 25, 2018

‘Jurassic World’ sequel stomps into 1st place

NEW YORK

The dinosaurs still rule the box office.

“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” surpassed expectations to open with $150 million in ticket sales in U.S. and Canada theaters over the weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. While that total didn’t approach the record-breaking $208.8 million debut of 2015’s “Jurassic World,” it proved the 25-year-old franchise still roars loudly among moviegoers.

Rounding out the top five were: “Incredibles 2,” $80.9 million, second; “Ocean’s 8,” $11.7 million, third; “Tag,” $8.2 million, fourth; and “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” $4 million, fifth place.

Roseanne: ‘I made myself a hate magnet’

NEW YORK

In an emotional interview, Roseanne Barr said she definitely feels remorse for the racist tweet that prompted ABC to cancel the revival of “Roseanne.”

Barr recorded a podcast interview with her longtime friend, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, who Sunday published an edited transcript and recording of the conversation. In the interview, Barr claims she “never would have wittingly called any black person a monkey.”

Barr spoke through tears for much of the interview, her first since the cancellation of “Roseanne.” She also lamented that some people don’t accept her explanation blaming the sleep drug Ambien for a tweet that likened former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett to a person created by the Muslim Brotherhood and “Planet of the Apes.”

“I said to God, ‘I am willing to accept whatever consequences this brings because I know I’ve done wrong. I’m going to accept what the consequences are,’ and I do, and I have,”’ Barr said. “But they don’t ever stop. They don’t accept my apology, or explanation. And I’ve made myself a hate magnet. And as a Jew, it’s just horrible. It’s horrible.”

ABC on Thursday announced it will this fall air a 10-episode Conner family sitcom without Barr in it. In a statement issued by the show’s producer, Barr said she agreed to the settlement to save the jobs of 200 cast and crew members.

Associated Press