Monday, July 12, 2004
'Spider-Man 2' remains No. 1
Los Angeles -- Spider-Man fended off an anchorman and a king at the weekend box office to hold onto its supremacy.
"Spider-Man 2" took in $46 million in its second weekend, pushing its total to $257.3 million after just 12 days, according to studio estimates Sunday.
Will Ferrell's broadcast-news comedy "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy" premiered a strong No. 2 with $28 million, but "King Arthur," starring Clive Owen, had a so-so opening of $15.2 million to come in third.
Other estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at North American theaters, according to Exhibitor Relations Co. Inc.:
4. "Fahrenheit 9/11," $11 million.
5. "The Notebook," $6.53 million.
6. "White Chicks," $6.5 million.
7. "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story," $5.4 million.
8. "The Terminal," $5 million.
9. "Shrek 2," $4.5 million.
10. "Sleepover," $4.2 million.
Gay cruise plans celebratory stop
Key West, Fla. -- Rosie O'Donnell's new cruise line is getting a warm welcome in sunny Key West.
O'Donnell will receive the key to the city this week when her cruise, billed as the first that caters to gay and lesbian families, stops at the popular island port Wednesday on its inaugural voyage, officials said.
The Norwegian Dawn's seven-day trip is the first cruise of R Family Vacations, the O'Donnell-backed company that promotes family-friendly vacations for gays and lesbians.
'Tony Twist' -- name taken
St. Louis -- Former pro hockey player Tony Twist has been awarded $15 million by a jury that found a comic strip used his name without permission.
Comic book artist Todd McFarlane used the name Antonio "Tony Twist" Twistelli for a violent New York mob boss character in "Spawn" comic books in the early 1990s.
A St. Louis jury decided Friday that McFarlane and his comic book company, Todd McFarlane Productions Inc., infringed on Twist's publicity rights and ordered them to pay $15 million.
"They made Tony into a Mafia boss," said James Holloran, an attorney for Twist. "He was involved in murders and kidnappings and rapes."
TV actor seeks help for daughter
Los Angeles -- Actor Martin Milner is seeking the public's help in finding a bone marrow donor for his leukemia-stricken daughter.
Milner, who starred in the TV series "Route 66," said a marrow transplant might be the only hope for 45-year-old Amy Milner, and no suitable donor has been found among family members or on the national registry.
Milner hopes widespread blood testing will help his daughter and others.
"There's a good likelihood that somebody else could be saved, somebody not related to us at all. ... There are a lot of people waiting for good news," Milner said.