LOS ANGELES: Superhero blockbuster “Venom” saved the day at the North American box office this weekend, pulling in an estimated $80 million in ticket sales, industry tracker Exhibitor Relations reported Sunday.
The film, the official launch of Sony’s Marvel Universe, stars Tom Hardy as a journalist who becomes the host for an alien symbiote that gives him superpowers.
The character is a villain in the “Spider-Man” comic book world. Despite being panned by critics, the movie comfortably broke the October opening weekend record by more than $20 million, according to Box Office Mojo figures.
In second place was another new release, musical romance “A Star Is Born,” which took in $41.25 million. The third remake of the 1937 film of the same name, it marks the directing debut of Bradley Cooper, who stars as a musician who discovers and falls in love with a young singer played by pop superstar Lady Gaga.
Third place went to Warner Bros.’s “Smallfoot,” with earnings of $14.9 million in its second weekend. The comic family animation tells the story of a group of Yeti who come across a human, with voicing by Channing Tatum, LeBron James, and Danny DeVito.
Coming in fourth was last weekend’s champion, Universal’s “Night School,” whose earnings dropped nearly $16 million to $12.3 million this weekend.
The raucous comedy stars Kevin Hart as one student in a class of misfits working toward high school diplomas under the firm tutelage of Tiffany Haddish.
Fifth place went to Universal’s family-friendly offering “The House With a Clock in Its Walls,” which slipped from third place last weekend with takings of $7.3 million.
Rounding out this weekend’s top 10 were:
“A Simple Favor” ($3.4 million)
“The Nun” ($2.6 million)
“Hell Fest” ($2.1 million)
“Crazy Rich Asians” ($2.1 million)
“The Predator” ($900,000)
Entertainment City, 17 parks planned for Peshawar
PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government will establish a state-of the art ‘Entertainment City’ and 17 parks in Peshawar to provide better recreational and sports facilities to the residents of walled city.
‘Entertainment’ city will be established at Nisatta near Peshawar Toll Plaza on Motorway where all types of entertainment facilities including water sports, restaurants, fun land, playing lands for kids, parks and commercial activities would be provided.
Officials in Local Government and Rural Department told media on Friday that an inclusive plan has been chalked out for establishment of an ‘Entertainment City’ in the first 100 days plan of PTI government and practical work on this project will start soon.
Peshawar is lacking recreational facilities since long and this city would help provide the much need entertainment facilities to people within a three kilometer distance to enjoy water boating, meat and fish dish parties in open. The residents of Charsadda and Nowshera districts will also benefit from this facility.
In addition to it, KP government will establish 17 parks in different sectors of Hayatabad and one at Regi Model Town Peshawar.
These parks are part of a bigger plan of Peshawar Development Authority to enhance beauty of Peshawar. Under this project, roadside plantation will be carried out inside Hayatabad.
A major inclusion in healthy’s profile of Hayatabad is construction of ‘Jogging Track’ from Phase-III entry up to Phase-VII along Gandao Khawar besides soft landscaping of existing central parks at Regi Model Town.
The official said beautification and uplift projects are also underway in Charsadda district aimed at to promote large-scale urbanization and reduce population pressure for housing in Peshawar.
Turkish tourism attracts great attention on fair
VIENNA: Nearly 850 firms from 80 countries attended the 2019 International Tourism Fair in the capital of Austria.
Vienna Culture and Publicity Consultancy opened a 150-square-meter wide stand on behalf of Turkey.
Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Turkish Airlines, as well as various hotels, tourism agencies and tour operators from Turkey attended the fair.
Asip Kaya, the Turkish Consul General in Vienna, told Anadolu Agency that the Vienna Tourism Fair is among the most important fairs in the world and almost 500,000 visitors attended the fair.
Kaya said: “300 thousand tourists from Austria visited our country last year. Actually this number was close to 500 thousand in 2015, however, due to political problems there was a decrease. Last year, there was a 23 percent increase. Hopefully this year the increase rate will rise even more.”
He called on the Turkish community living in Austria to visit the Turkish stand and added that the fair started very vividly, and he got the impression that far more people will attend the fair compared to last year.
Kaya stated that the attention to the Turkish stand can have a positive influence on the political relations between the two countries.
The fair would remain open for four days.
Live music concerts in domestic flights of Indonesia
JAKARTA: Indonesian national flag carrier Garuda is bringing music to the skies with a series of live acoustic concerts on domestic flights, the airline said.
Passengers will be serenaded at 35,000 feet in a scheme aimed at wooing millennials “who want a different flight experience”, airline spokesman M. Ikhsan Rosan told media.
The carrier held its first in-flight concert on Wednesday, when two musicians performed for a captive audience aboard a flight between the capital, Jakarta, and the holiday island of Bali.
Garuda said sets would last 10 to 15 minutes on select flights, and there would be a focus on promoting upcoming talent.
While it may prove an unforgettable flying experience for some, it may not be everyone’s idea of a good time.
In 2017, US airline Southwest introduced live shows on some flights to a mixed reaction from passengers.