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‘Thor: Ragnarok’ rules with $121 million weekend

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By Dave McNary

Disney-Marvel’s “Thor: Ragnarok” is heading for a stellar opening weekend with $121 million at 4,080 North American locations — the fourth best launch of 2017.

The third Thor movie is also putting an emphatic end to the month-long box office slump that saw the worst October in a decade. Among 2017 titles, its debut weekend trails only “Beauty and the Beast” at $174.8 million, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” at $146.5 million and “It” at $123.4 million.

“Thor: Ragnarok” also officially launches the holiday season with a major bang. Moviegoing has been battered this year by a subpar second half that’s pulled down 2017 grosses by 5%, but it should rebound somewhat, thanks to “Thor: Ragnorak,” Warner Bros.-DC Entertainment’s “Justice League” (which opens Nov. 17) and Disney-Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” (opening Dec. 15).

World Premiere of Thor: Ragnarok – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 11/10/2017 – Chris Hemsworth and Cate Blanchett. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

“November has been a hotbed for blockbusters and is as important to any given year as even the hottest summer months and has been the launch pad for some of the biggest franchises in box office history including ‘Harry Potter,’ ‘The Hunger Games’ and ‘Twilight,’ not to mention the traditional home for James Bond,” noted Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst with comScore. “Now Thor joins the rarefied air that is the $100 million November opening club, becoming only the ninth film to ever reach this threshold and the first to do it within the first part of the month.”

STXfilms’ R-rated “A Bad Moms Christmas,” which opened Wednesday, is heading for a respectable $21.6 million at 3,615 sites for its first five days. A24’s launch of Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird” posted the best platform opening of the year with $375,612 on four screens for an impressive $93,903 per-screen average.

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“Thor: Ragnarok” wound up over-performing recent estimates, which had been in the $100 million to $118 million range. The rollout includes 3,400 3D screens, 391 IMAX screens, 616 premium large format screens, and 204 D-Box locations. The IMAX total was $25.4 million.

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With Chris Hemsworth reprising the title role, “Thor: Ragnarok” will finish far above its predecessors, nearly doubling the 2011 opening of “Thor” at $65.7 million and coming in 41% above the 2013 sequel “Thor: The Dark World” at $85.7 million.

“Thor: Ragnarok” is directed by Taika Waititi from a screenplay by Eric Pearson and the writing team of Craig Kyle and Christopher Yost. It also stars Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, Mark Ruffalo, and Anthony Hopkins. The character of Thor, based on Norse mythology, was created in 1962 by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, and Jack Kirby for Marvel Comics.

“Thor: Ragnarok” has also taken in $306 million overseas, including $109 million in its international launch last week in 52% of foreign markets. It expanded to most other overseas territories this weekend.

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Kim Kardashian Faces Backlash for ‘Homophobic’ Clapback

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Kim Kardashian West stepped into the shade room. Now the internet is accusing her of making a homophobic jab.

Model Tyson Beckford started the beef when he commented on one of Kim’s Instagram photos. “Sorry I don’t care for it personally,” he wrote of the photo that highlighted her body shape. “She is not real, doctor f–ked up on her right hip.”

Kim replied to the model, saying: “Sis we all know why you don’t care for it.”

The internet went wild, believing her comment was homophobic. One Instagram account made this comment:

So far, KKW hasn’t remarked on the homophobia accusations

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Watch the Teaser for Lindsay Lohan’s New MTV Show

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MTV announced July 30 that “Lohan Beach Club” (working title) with Lindsay Lohan is coming to TV. The docuseries, executive produced by Lohan in partnership with MTV and Bunim/Murray Productions, began shooting this week in Mykonos, Greece. As Lindsay says: Pack your bags!

The series follows Lohan as she works to expand her business empire with the launch of Lohan Beach House. The exclusive seaside destination will serve as a backdrop for the series, and features luxury spa amenities, a renowned restaurant and a transformative day and nightclub poised to redefine the Mykonos experience. The debut of Lohan Beach House marks the star’s third business venture in the Greek Islands, following the opening of Lohan Nightclub in Athens, Greece and Lohan Beach House Rhodes in Rhodes, Greece.

Lohan will lead a team of handpicked brand ambassadors to make her mark on the vacation capital of the world. Over the course of the season, Lohan’s team must prove their expertise, ambition and charm while helping bring Lohan’s vision to life. The stakes are high as the team establishes new friendships and alliances while striving to rise above the temptations the Mykonos nightlife scene has to offer.

The show is slated to premiere in 2019.

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Demi Lovato Found Unconscious After Possible Heroin Overdose

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Demi Lovato was been rushed to an L.A. hospital Tuesday afternoon after suffering from what appears to be a heroin overdose, TMZ reports.

Audio of the emergency call obtained by TMZ reveals the pop star was unconscious upon arriving to her Hollywood Hills home and revived with Narcan — an emergency medication to reverse the effects of a narcotic overdose. While TMZ reports the overdose is heroin related, a source claims to PEOPLE those claims are fake news.

Last March, Lovato revealed she celebrated six years of sobriety, but in June she released a new song, “Sober” on which she revealed that she had relapsed.

The National Center for Health Statistics reports the number of overdose deaths in the U.S. involving heroin has risen every year since 2010. Perhaps even more disturbingly, more Americans died from drug overdoses in 2016 than the number of American lives lost in the entirety of the Vietnam War, which totaled 58,200.

Celebrities are starting to send love to the singer and her family.

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