Pixar's Incredibles 2 exceeded all expectations for its opening weekend, bringing in an estimated $180 million in U.S. and Canadian ticket sales and breaking the record for biggest opening for an animated film.
The previous record holder was another Pixar flick, Finding Dory, which opened in 2016 with $135 million. Analysts predicted that Incredibles 2, out 14 years after the original Incredibles, would bring in anywhere from $120 million to $140 million during its opening weekend.
"You don't get to numbers this big without getting everyone, but we were really pleased with all of the demos," Cathleen Taff, Disney's distribution chief, told the Los Angeles Times. "It's a multigenerational crossover event where adults are just as excited to see it themselves as they are to introduce their kids to it." Catherine Garcia
On Wednesday, ABC canceled The Chew to make room for a third hour of Good Morning America, which will air in the afternoon.
The new Good Morning America program will take over The Chew's time slot in September. Staffers were notified Wednesday and "completely blindsided," one person with knowledge of the situation told Us Weekly. "They were under the impression that the show was still strong and would continue." New episodes of The Chew, now in its seventh season, will start taping in June, to air through the summer.
Former co-host Mario Batali was fired from the show in December after allegations of sexual misconduct were made against him. Earlier this week, it was reported that the celebrity chef is under investigation by the NYPD for alleged sex-related crimes, but a representative for ABC told AOL the cancelation was "a business decision" and Batali "did not factor into this." Last week, co-host Carla Hall revealed that there were no plans to replace Batali on the show. Catherine Garcia
A group of investors, led by former Obama administration official Maria Contreras-Sweet, announced Tuesday they are backing out of a deal to buy The Weinstein Co., after receiving "disappointing information about the viability of completing this transaction."
A person with knowledge of the matter told Reuters the deal was called off after the investors found out the company's debt was $280 million, not $225 million as previously disclosed. Dozens of women have accused co-founder Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct, and the suits pushed the company close to bankruptcy. Last week, it was announced the investors had reached an agreement to buy The Weinstein Co.'s assets and launch a new studio that would have a majority-female board and set up a fund for women who say they were abused by Weinstein.
The deal was reportedly worth $500 million, and would have secured the jobs of about 130 employees. Catherine Garcia
Roseanne is back, and a short teaser of its highly anticipated return aired during the Oscars, giving viewers a glimpse of the modern-day Conners.
Everything looks almost exactly the same, with that colorful afghan still on the living room couch, but there are now several grandchildren in the mix, and unlike in the finale, where Dan Conner (John Goodman) is dead, he's still alive and kicking in the reboot — although he does need a CPAP to sleep. It's not in the trailer, but Roseanne Barr already revealed earlier this year that art imitates life, and her character will also be a supporter of President Trump. Roseanne returns to ABC on March 27, and in the meantime, watch the teaser below. Catherine Garcia
The Weinstein Co. has agreed to sell its assets to an investment team led by Maria Contreras-Sweet and Ron Burkle, the company's board of directors confirmed Thursday night.
Most of the company's 150 employees will be invited to stay at its new iteration, and the deal should ensure that small businesses owed money by The Weinstein Co. are paid. Contreras-Sweet said they will launch a new studio with a board of directors made up mostly of women and create a $90 million fund to compensate women who were allegedly sexually harassed and abused by the once-powerful producer Harvey Weinstein. Since last fall, when The New York Times published allegations of misconduct against Weinstein, the company has been sued by several women who say the board was complicit in Weinstein's harassment.
Before a deal was reached on Thursday, talks collapsed twice: on Feb. 11, when New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office filed a complaint, seeking oversight and conditions on the sale, and on Feb. 25, when The Weinstein Co. said it was backing out of negotiations and eyeing bankruptcy. A name for this new company has not yet been chosen. Catherine Garcia
Bucking tradition, Casey Affleck won't appear at this year's Academy Awards to present the Best Actress award.
Affleck won the Best Actor Oscar in 2017 for his performance in Manchester by the Sea, and typically, the previous year's Best Actor winner presents the current year's Best Actress award. Controversy has surrounded Affleck since his win last year, though, when it resurfaced that in 2010, he was accused by two women of sexual harassment; he denied the charges, and their cases were settled out of court and dismissed.
Now, with the #MeToo and Time's Up movements gaining steam, there had been questions regarding how the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences would handle Affleck's appearance. In a statement, an academy spokesperson said "we appreciate the decision to keep the focus on the show and the great work of this year." Catherine Garcia
What's old is new again, and 20 years after its finale aired on CBS, Murphy Brown is coming back to the network.
Deadline reports that CBS has ordered 13 episodes of a Murphy Brown revival, with star Candice Bergen and creator Diane English both on board to return. The series aired from 1988 to 1998, focusing on investigative journalist and TV anchor Brown, and Bergen won five Emmys for the role. Other original cast members are currently in talks to join Bergen on the show, Deadline reports.
Murphy Brown is the latest '90s sitcom to return to television screens — Will & Grace came back to NBC last fall, and a Roseanne revival will start airing on ABC in March. Catherine Garcia
Had actor Mark Wahlberg not received $1.5 million to re-shoot his scenes in All the Money in the World, Christopher Plummer would not have been hired to replace Kevin Spacey in the drama, USA Today reports.
There was outrage earlier this week after it was reported that the movie's star, Michelle Williams, was paid less than 1 percent of what Wahlberg made during the re-shoot — just $80 per day of shooting. Director Ridley Scott decided to replace Spacey with Plummer after several men accused Spacey of sexual misconduct, but two people with knowledge of the situation told USA Today that Wahlberg's contract gave him co-star approval, and he wouldn't sign off on Plummer unless he was paid $1.5 million. "What he said was, 'I will not approve Christopher Plummer unless you pay me,'" one said. "And that's how he [expletive] them."
USA Today was also told that Wahlberg's lawyer sent a letter to the film's financiers saying he was vetoing Plummer unless he received the money. Williams, on the other hand, was pleased with Scott's decision to re-shoot with Plummer; she previously told USA Today she had said "I'd be wherever they needed me, wherever they needed me. And they could have my salary, they could have my holiday, whatever they wanted. Because I appreciated so much that they were making this massive effort." Both Wahlberg and Williams are represented by William Morris Endeavor; the agency and Wahlberg's representative and lawyer declined to comment to USA Today. Catherine Garcia