WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The live action remake of Aladdin tops the chart with a four-day estimate of 112MM, which likely has the House of Mouse sighing in relief given the underperformance of Dumbo, the skeptical internet reaction to the trailers, and the mediocre reviews. That said, it's maybe 10MM more than Solo did in this frame last year, and its total may not overwhelm the animated original domestically (tho it may have legs until Toy Story 4 arrives). John Wick: Chapter 3 placed with 31MM on a mere 45 percent drop; it becomes the first of the franchise to cross 100MM domestic. Avengers: Endgame shows with 22.3MM on an impressive 26 percent drop, crossing the 800MM mark domestically (the fourth film to ever do so). Pokemon: Detective Pikachu grabs the fourth slot with 17.3MM on a 31 percent drop; it seems likely to recoup it's 150MM budget here, while making twice as much in foreign markets. Brightburn rounds out th Top Fivewith 9.5MM against a 6MM budget; it will make money, but I wonder if there's a sense that "Superman as a horror movie" should have played bigger.
HARVEY WEINSTEIN, women who accused him of sexual misconduct, his former film studio’s board members and the New York attorney general’s office have reached a tentative 44MM million deal to resolve lawsuits and compensate alleged victims of the Hollywood producer.
GEOFFREY RUSH has been awarded 1.9MM after winning a MeToo defamation case against Australia’s Nationwide News over a story published in the company’s Daily Telegraph.
MOBY apologized for claiming in his recently published memoir that he dated Natalie Portman.
OLIVIA JADE GIANNULLI was well aware of her mom, Lori Loughlin, and dad Mossimo Giannulli's actions ahead of them being named and charged in the headline-making, nationwide college admissions scandal.
JOHNNY DEPP claims AMBER HEARD sliced his finger with a vodka bottle.
HARRISON FORD is Indiana Jones, no one else is.
...should be back to full speed tomorrow, barring the unforeseen.