‘Guardians’ rules at box office
The intergalactic misfits of “Guardians of the Galaxy” are the summer’s box-office superheroes.
Marvel’s cosmic romp topped the Labor Day box office with a three-day take of $22 million – its third time in first place since its release five weeks ago, according to studio estimates Monday. With North American ticket sales of more than $280 million so far, “Guardians” is also the summer’s – and the year’s – top-grossing film to date. This weekend’s Top 5 films:
1. “Guardians of the Galaxy,” $22.2 million.
2. “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” $15.7 million.
3. “If I Stay,” $11.6 million.
4. “Let’s Be Cops,” $10.5 million.
5. “As Above, So Below,” $10.3 million.
Music fest has diverse lineup
A new outdoor music festival in downtown Los Angeles reflected the city’s diversity with a lineup that included rap, rock, punk, blues and Latin music. Kanye West, Cypress Hill, Weezer, Rise Against, John Mayer and Juanes were among Sunday’s performers.
The two-day concert, held simultaneously with a sister show in Philadelphia, featured more than 30 acts. Iggy Azalea, Metric, Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons took the stage Saturday in Los Angeles. The Philadelphia festival included performers such as Kings of Leon, Tiesto and Pharrell Williams. West and DJ Steve Aoki performed in both cities. More than 37,000 people attended the Los Angeles festival’s second day in downtown’s Grand Park – the first time the two-year-old park has been used for a large, ticketed event.
Authorities made 59 arrests Sunday – including four for narcotics-related felonies – and cited 67 others for alcohol-related offenses, Los Angeles police spokesman Lt. Andy Neiman said.
Film gets an early rollout
Hoping for maximum publicity, Chinese director Jiang Wen launched his latest movie at an event Monday – more than three months before it is due to open in cinemas.
“Gone With the Bullets” is a 3-D sequel to Jiang’s 2010 political satire, “Let the Bullets Fly,” which featured a bandit posing as a mayor. It grossed $103 million in mainland China.
With an estimated budget of $20 million, “Gone With the Bullets” is set in 1920s Shanghai and revolves around a beauty pageant. Jiang is the first Chinese director to shoot a film with an IMAX 3-D digital camera.
Walhberg, McCarthy wed
Donnie Wahlberg’s “Favorite Girl” Jenny McCarthy is now his wife. The couple tied the knot Sunday in a ceremony outside Chicago, McCarthy’s publicist, Brad Cafarelli, confirmed.
It’s the second marriage for both 45-year-old Wahlberg and 41-year-old McCarthy. Wahlberg still performs with his boy band, New Kids on the Block, and also stars in the CBS police drama “Blue Bloods.” He also appears in an A&E reality show about a family restaurant called Wahlburgers that’s run by his brother Paul. He has two sons from his first marriage.
McCarthy recently left “The View” and now hosts a radio show on SiriusXM. She has a son from her first marriage.