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Now, It's Just Endgame vs. James Cameron

The Marvel epic is ahead of 'Titanic' but behind 'Avatar'

(Newser) - Avengers: Endgame crushed the global box office for a second straight week and hit $2.189 billion worldwide—putting it ahead of one James Cameron-directed movie and behind another for the highest-grossing movie ever, per the Hollywood Reporter . Specifically, Endgame is ahead of Titanic ($2.187 billion, adjusted for inflation)... More »

Officials: Scientology Ship Quarantined Over Measles

Nearly 300 people are stuck on the Freewinds docked in St. Lucia

(Newser) - On the Freewinds cruise ship, there's one person currently being kept in isolation with the measles—while nearly 300 others are being kept on board at a port in St. Lucia. The 440-foot-long ship has been quarantined since Monday due to a female crew member's measles diagnosis, meaning... More »

Endgame Demolishes Record

Avengers blockbuster brings in $350M

(Newser) - Avengers: Endgame has shattered the record for biggest opening weekend with an estimated $350 million in domestic ticket sales and $1.2 billion globally, per the AP . The Marvel Studios superhero blockbuster far exceeded even its own gargantuan expectations. The movie's domestic haul blew past the previous record of... More »

Man Allegedly Attacked for Blabbing About Avengers

Incident reportedly happened in Hong Kong

(Newser) - The first rule of Fight Club is you don't talk about Fight Club—a rule that should now perhaps apply to Avengers: Endgame. Fans have been going wild for what's said to be "the most fulfilling" Marvel movie yet , but in Hong Kong, some may have gone... More »

What Critics Are Saying About Avengers Finale

It's 'the most fulfilling' Marvel flick yet, according to one

(Newser) - How do superheroes bounce back after seeing half of the universe's creatures destroyed? With a focus on family, and a much needed dose of humor, according to critics, who give Avengers: Endgame a 96% rating on Rotten Tomatoes . Set five years after the events of 2018's Infinity War... More »

Report: Scarlett Johansson Will Get $15M for Black Widow

Payday would equal that of male Avengers co-stars

(Newser) - Scarlett Johansson, already the world's highest-paid actress, according to Forbes, is going to be paid a cool $15 million for starring in the first standalone Black Widow movie, sources tell the Hollywood Reporter . It's good news for gender parity as well as Johansson's bank account: $15 million... More »

Melissa McCarthy Challenges Infinity War

But the 'Avengers' flick still reigns

(Newser) - Melissa McCarthy jumped into the box-office fray with a new movie this weekend, but Avengers: Infinity War still rules, the AP reports. The Walt Disney Studios on Sunday estimates it has added $61.8 million from North American theaters, bringing its total domestic earnings to $547.8 million in its... More »

Avengers' Credits Reveal a Hidden Cameo

Co-directors Russos plant character who looks like Tobias Funke of 'Arrested Development'

(Newser) - Buried within the film credits for the new Avengers blockbuster , Infinity War, is a note that the movie made use of a character from the TV show Arrested Development. What on earth? Polygon explains the movie's "weirdest Easter egg." It seems that co-directors Joe and Anthony Russo... More »

A Great Villain Helps Avengers 3

Josh Brolin gets props as Thanos

(Newser) - Your favorite Marvel superheroes from Black Panther to Spiderman rally against a villain hoping to destroy half the universe in Avengers: Infinity War , the lengthy (2 hours, 40 minutes) third installment in the series slated to wrap up next year. Setting the stage for an epic conclusion, the film directed... More »

Ultron's Monster $188M Debut Is US' No. 2 Ever

But falls short of the original 'Avengers'

(Newser) - Critics liked it, and audiences turned out in droves for Avengers: Age of Ultron, giving it the second-biggest domestic opening weekend ever, with a formidable $187.7 million, reports the Hollywood Reporter . But though Ultron fell short of the original Avengers' $207.4 million debut, it continued to rake... More »

Avengers 2 Is 'Jaunty Good Fun'

Characters, comedy make this flick an 'amusing' sequel

(Newser) - The superheroes are back for round two in Avengers: Age of Ultron, following 2012's well-reviewed original . If you're expecting just another action flick, you may be in for a surprise. Here's what critics are saying:
  • "As he did in the first Avengers, writer-director Joss Whedon avoids
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X-Men Artist Goes Missing in Caymans

Comic book inker Norman Lee disappears while swimming

(Newser) - A comic book artist who has worked on the likes of X-Men and the Avengers has gone missing in the Cayman Islands after swimming near Grand Cayman's east coast. While snorkeling about 250 yards from shore on Thursday morning, Norman Lee and his wife got separated, MyFoxBoston reports. Though... More »

Hunger Games, Frozen Shatter Thanksgiving Record

Catching Fire pulls in $110.2M over 5 days

(Newser) - Sorry, Harry: Katniss Everdeen has broken your $82.4 million Thanksgiving record. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire gobbled up $110.2 million over the five-day weekend, Wednesday to Sunday, breaking the spell cast by Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Catching Fire also had the fourth-biggest second weekend in... More »

Avengers 2 Stars Battle 'Cheap' Marvel

Deadline Hollywood: Some actors may not sign for sequel without bigger payday

(Newser) - The Avengers may have been a blockbuster hit for Marvel, but many of the stars may not return for its sequel if the notoriously tightfisted comics company (now owned by Disney) won't cough up more cash, Nikki Finke reports in a Deadline Hollywood exclusive. While marquee name Robert Downey... More »

Iron Man 3 Has Monster $175.3M Open

But it's not enough to topple 'The Avengers'

(Newser) - Iron Man 3 had a massive opening weekend on American soil as expected , but its $175.3 million debut was only good enough for No. 2 of all time, falling well short of The Avengers' $207.4 million. It's still nothing to sneeze at, as Robert Downey Jr. and... More »

Iron Man 3 Grabs $195M Global Win

Bodes well for US opening on Friday

(Newser) - Iron Man 3 hasn't even opened in the United States yet, but its global premiere got off to a thunderous $195.3 million start this weekend—even trouncing the $185.1 million mark set by last year's The Avengers, reports the Hollywood Reporter . That bodes well ahead of... More »

Joseph Gordon- Levitt the Next Batman: Report

Will play caped crusader in Justice League , say insiders

(Newser) - Christopher Nolan may not be directing any more Batman films, but Warner Bros. isn't done with the character—and Joseph Gordon-Levitt looks set to take over where Christian Bale left off. The Dark Knight Rises' end seemed to indicate that the franchise would live on, and sure enough, the... More »

Amazon Instant Video Nabs Big Blockbusters

Because Netflix let its exclusive deal with Epix expire

(Newser) - Amazon's Prime Instant Video streaming service is getting a shot in the arm, with a slate of blockbusters that include The Avengers, Hunger Games, Super 8, and more, in a deal that signals trouble for Netflix. The movies are all coming thanks to a new deal with Epix, a... More »

Biggest Flop This Summer: All of Hollywood

Tickets sales reached lowest level in 20 years

(Newser) - Hollywood is happy to call "cut" on this summer's less-than-blockbuster movie season, with box office numbers down across the board, reports the New York Times . US revenues fell 3% to $4.28 billion for the period from May to this Labor Day weekend, the first drop in summer... More »

ScarJo Lands Massive Fee for Avengers Sequel

Scarlett Johansson banks $20M for superhero flick

(Newser) - Scarlett Johansson's sexy curves and, uh, epic acting skills are worth no less than $20 million, the New York Post reports. Producers of an Avengers sequel are prepared to sign the eye-popping paycheck so she'll reprise her role as Black Widow when filming starts next year. “Scarlett... More »

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