Monday, July 21, 2003
'Bad Boys II' nabs top spot
Los Angeles -- The buddy-cop flick "Bad Boys II" opened at No. 1 at the box office with $46.7 million, trailed by last weekend's top film, the buccaneer adventure "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl," with $33.3 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.
The weekend's other new wide releases had so-so debuts. Rowan Atkinson's spy comedy "Johnny English," already a $100-million hit overseas, opened in fourth place with $9.3 million. Mandy Moore's teen melodrama "How to Deal" premiered at No. 8 with $5.8 million.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at North American theaters, according to Exhibitor Relations Co. Inc.:
1. "Bad Boys II," $46.7 million.
2. "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl," $33.3 million.
3. "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen," $10.1 million.
4. "Johnny English," $9.3 million.
5. "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines," $9.2 million.
6. "Finding Nemo," $7.3 million.
7. "Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde," $6.1 million.
8. "How to Deal," $5.8 million.
9. "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle," $3.7 million.
10. "28 Days Later," $2.55 million.
Comedy fans get creamed
Belleville, Ill. -- There was pie on the fly as fans of classic movie comedians Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy paid tribute to their heroes.
About 20 of the duo's fans kicked off a festival of their silent films Saturday by re-enacting one of the most famous scenes from their "Battle of the Century" -- a pie fight of mammoth proportions.
Trudy Wellen, of Olivette, Mo., was covered from head to toe with heavy whipped cream after the fight, but she couldn't have been happier."I've been waiting for this for so long you wouldn't believe," she said, as the sticky mess dripped from her arms. "I don't even want to get cleaned up."
Nelly expands fashion offerings
New York -- Hip-hop superstar Nelly, famous for lyrics that urge the ladies to get naked, is launching his own line of women's apparel. The Grammy-winning artist will promote the collection, called Apple Bottoms, with a six-city model search and related VH1 reality show, the New York Daily News says.
The rapper's latest foray into the $1 billion-plus urban-apparel market is a spin-off of his Vokal menswear line. Apple Bottoms will debut at a Las Vegas trade show next month.
'Hillbillies' could still be reality
Los Angeles -- CBS Chairman Leslie Moonves said Sunday a reality version of "The Beverly Hillbillies" remains a possibility, despite sharp criticism of the idea as a mockery of rural Americans.
"Obviously, there's a lot more controversy involved with the show than I ever imagined there would be, including from many labor unions," Moonves told a meeting of the Television Critics Assn.
Unions, politicians and others across the South have attacked the proposed series, which would pay an Appalachian family up to $500,000 to live for a year in a Hollywood mansion.
"The Real Beverly Hillbillies" is a takeoff on the hit sitcom that ran on CBS from 1962-71. CBS has said there is no concept for the new show yet and that the network is not trying to offend anyone.