Monday, September 15, 2003
Depp scores another No. 1 hit
Los Angeles -- Johnny Depp has made another transformation: oddball actor to box office moneymaker.
"Once Upon a Time in Mexico," starring Antonio Banderas as a mariachi-musician gunslinger and Depp as a sleazy CIA agent, opened in first place with $24 million, according to industry estimates Sunday.
It was Depp's second consecutive No. 1 debut after the summertime hit "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl."
Other estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at North American theaters, according to Exhibitor Relations Co. Inc.:
2. "Matchstick Men," $13.3 million.
3. "Cabin Fever," $8.5 million.
4. "Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star," $5 million.
5. "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl," $4.6 million.
6. "Freaky Friday," $4.1 million.
7. "Jeepers Creepers 2," $3 million.
8. "Open Range," $2.809 million.
9. "S.W.A.T.", $2.800 million.
10. "Seabiscuit," $2.7 million.
Madonna wants more motherhood
London -- Madonna wants to have another child.
The 45-year-old singer and pop icon, who has two children, told Britain's Times newspaper she was consulting doctors about having another baby.
"Because of my exercising and this, that and the other, I've kind of screwed up my cycle a bit," Madonna was quoted as saying by the newspaper's weekend magazine that came out Saturday.
"And I'm going to the doctors to make sure I'm O.K. to have a baby, so wish me luck."
Madonna, 45, has a daughter Lourdes, 7, from her relationship with ex-boyfriend Carlos Leon; and a son Rocco, 3, with her film-director husband, Guy Ritchie.
Auctioned guitar played during last Beatles performance
Los Angeles -- A guitar played by the late George Harrison during the Beatles' last public performance was sold for $434,750 in a public auction.
Harrison played the custom-made Fender Rosewood Telecaster during the filming of the movie "Let It Be," said Bill Miller, president of Odyssey Auctions, the California auction house that conducted the sale Saturday. The Jan. 30, 1969, performance on the roof of London's Apple Records was the last time the band performed together in public, Miller said.
Harrison, 58, died of cancer Nov. 29, 2001.
Report: Ben, Jen split
Los Angeles -- Actors Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck were supposed to exchange wedding vows Sunday, but instead there was a report that they had ended their tabloid-chronicled storybook romance.
Amid the frantic speculation surrounding the pair last week, People magazine reported Sunday that Affleck has dumped Lopez due to "second thoughts."
Dubbed "Bennifer" by gossip wags, the pair planned to wed at a mansion estate near Santa Barbara. But they postponed the ceremony Wednesday, saying excessive media attention was turning the event into havoc.
A representative for Affleck, Ken Sunshine, declined to comment on the breakup rumor.