Ryan Faughnder Los Angeles Times Published 4:55 PM EDT Jul 18, 2019 Los Angeles – The Walt Disney Co. doesn’t have to wait to be king, unlike the little cub Simba. But the release of its latest remake, “The Lion King,” should further cement the company’s rule at the box office. Disney’s high-tech re-imagining of its 1994 animated hit is expected to lord over the multiplex once it hits theaters Thursday night. The big-budget film will probably collect $150 million to $175 million in ticket sales through Sunday in the U.S. and Canada, according to people who have reviewed pre-release audience surveys. The movie, which uses innovative computer graphics to create a photo-realistic version of the animated musical, should become another hit for the Burbank entertainment firm, which has dominated the box office. So far this year, the company’s pictures have accounted for about 35% of domestic ticket sales, according to Box Office Mojo, not … [Read more...] about ‘Lion King’ expected to bolster Disney at box office
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We are two weekends away from this year’s halfway point and the 2019 box office is still down seven points compared to last year, and one point compared to 2017. A string of unexpected mega-flops killed a momentum that made it look as though 2019 would overtake 2018, certainly 2017. But no one expected Men in Black: International ($28 million opening), The Secret Life of Pets 2 ($46M), Dark Phoenix ($32M), Rocketman ($25M), Godzilla: King of the Monsters ($47M), and Shaft ($8M) to open so poorly when compared to their predecessors — or in the case of Rocketman, when compared to Bohemian Rhapsody.And that is just the last five or six weeks. Shazam! ($139 million total domestic take), Dumbo ($113M), The Lego Movie 2 ($105M), Pet Sematary ($54M), The Hustle ($35M), Happy Death Day 2U ($28M), Hellboy ($22M), and Long Shot ($30M), all came in below expectations. In a few cases, well, well below… And once again it is a single studio, Disney, not only salvaging the annual … [Read more...] about Nolte: Box Office Slumps 7 Percent Compared to 2018
The widower of an American soldier who was killed in Afghanistan in 2010 was able to return to the U.S. after immigration authorities deported him last week. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers arrested Jose Gonzalez Carranza, 30, while he was en route to his welding job on April 8, according to the Arizona Republic. They then deported him to Nogales in Mexico while leaving his 12-year-daughter, Evelyn, with her grandparents in Phoenix, Ariz., Gonzalez Carranza and his lawyer, Ezequiel Hernandez, told the paper. "I feel so bad," Gonzalez Carranza said at the time. "I might never see [my daughter] again." Gonzalez Carranza added that he had stayed in a shelter for deported migrants in a city that he was unfamiliar with before ICE officials abruptly reversed their decision on Monday.Upon receiving the news, Gonzalez Carranza re-entered the U.S. through a port in Nogales, Ariz., which borders the Mexican city of the same name. Authorities picked … [Read more...] about U.S. deports widower of fallen soldier, then brings him back
Antonia Noori Farzan, The Washington Post Published 5:20 am PDT, Friday, March 29, 2019 The scene looks like something from a middle-of-the-night drug raid. Guns drawn, police officers in tactical vests surround a beige ranch house in an anonymous subdivision. With a single decisive kick, one busts down the door. "Come out with your hands up!" an officer yells, as a flashlight's blinding beams begin sweeping the room. But police in Chandler, Ariz., weren't seeking out a trove of illegal narcotics when they showed up at the modest home in the Phoenix suburbs on Feb. 25. Instead, they were searching for a 2-year-old who had come down with a dangerously high fever. The boy's mother, Sarah Beck, had allegedly ignored doctors' orders and refused to take him to the emergency room, fearing that she would get in trouble because he wasn't vaccinated. When officials showed up to do a welfare check hours later, the child's father refused to let them in, saying that everything was … [Read more...] about A mom refused to take her unvaccinated toddler to the hospital for a fever. Armed police officers tore down the door.
Jonathan J. Cooper, Amy Taxin and Rebecca Boone, Associated Press Updated 9:32 pm CST, Thursday, November 8, 2018 Cody Coffman Cody Coffman Photo: Courtesy Jason Coffman This 2017 photo from the California Department of Motor Vehicles shows Ian David Long. Authorities said the Marine combat veteran opened fire Wednesday evening, Nov. 7, 2018, at a country music bar in Southern California, killing multiple people before apparently taking his own life. (California Department of Motor Vehicles via AP) less This 2017 photo from the California Department of Motor Vehicles shows Ian David Long. Authorities said the Marine combat veteran opened fire Wednesday evening, Nov. 7, 2018, at a country music bar in Southern ... more Photo: AP Mourners embrace outside of the Thousand Oaks Teen Center on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, where relatives and friends … [Read more...] about Navy veteran, art student, bouncer killed in bar attack