LOS ANGELES: “Avengers: Endgame” finally yielded the top spot at the North American box office this weekend to the latest “John Wick” action film, but the Marvel Studios/Disney blockbuster edged closer to historic status as the all-time No. 1 grossing film.
“Avengers” took in a domestic total of $30 million in its fourth weekend out, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations said Monday, bringing its worldwide total to $2.62 billion, just shy of the $2.79 billion “Avatar” earned in 2009.
But in North America, it fell well behind Lionsgate’s new “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum,” which posted a strong $57 million for its opening three-day weekend.
The third “John Wick” movie again stars Keanu Reeves as a retired hitman, this time being chased by an army of killers after a $14 million contract is put on his head. The film also stars Halle Berry, Laurence Fishburne, Ian McShane and Anjelica Huston.
In third, down one spot from last weekend, was Warner Bros.’ family-friendly “Pokemon: Detective Pikachu,” at $25.1 million. Based on a Nintendo video game and subsequent anime series, it has the animated title character (voiced by Ryan Reynolds) teaming up with a young boy (Justice Smith, in a live-action role) to seek the boy’s missing father.
Adnan Sami’s Twitter account hacked
MUMBAI: International hackers hacked the Twitter account of singer and music composer Adnan Sami Khan and replaced his display picture with the picture of Pakistan premier Imran Khan.
According to reports, the account was hacked by the same group that had earlier targeted Bollywood legendary actor Amitabh Bachchan’s account on the social networking site.
“We would be happy to be visit our brother country Pakistan and have a cup of tea with your esteemed Prime Minister. This will be a great opportunity to visit your country and meet our brothers. @ImranKhanPTI” read one tweet.
Microsoft gives glimpse of new Xbox console
LOS ANGELES: Microsoft on Sunday gave the world a first glimpse of a powerful next-generation Xbox gaming console that it aims to release late next year.
Xbox head Phil Spencer pulled back the curtain on “Project Scarlett,” the creation of a successor to the Xbox One that will give game makers “the power they need to bring their creative visions to life.”
No pricing plans for the new console were revealed at a gala event ahead of the opening of the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) video game industry gathering.
The new Xbox was promised to be released in time for the Christmas holiday shopping season in 2020.
“For us, the console is vital and central to our experience,” Spencer said during a media event that showcased 60 new games for Xbox.
Xbox battles in the console gaming arena with Sony, which is working on a new generation PlayStation.
The commitment to consoles by longtime contenders in the market comes with the rise of video games hosted as subscription services streamed Netflix-style from data centers in the internet cloud.
Xbox said at the E3 event that it is adding the ability for players to stream games in their libraries for play on mobile devices with Game Pass subscriptions.
“We will bring Xbox to the cloud with Project and console streaming,” Spencer said.
“Where you play is entirely your choice, you decide.”
The new service will be previewed later this year, according to Microsoft.
Rihanna is the richest female musician: Forbes
Forbes has reported that presently Rihanna, worth $600 million, is the richest female musician on Earth.
According to the publication, the secret of her wealth lies in her recent tie-up with LVMH, and not her music.
It is pertinent to mention here that Madonna is worth $570 million, Céline Dion $450 million while Beyoncé $400 million.