"The Avengers" Smashed the Record for Best Opening Weekend of All Time
Marvel's "The Avengers" kicked some serious tail at the box office this weekend. Since its midnight release on Thursday, the movie has made just over $200 MILLION. That's the best opening weekend for any film EVER.
--The previous record was set last year by "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2", which made $168.2 million in its first weekend. Yeah, "The Avengers" beat that by more than $30 million.
--"Deathly Hallows"still holds the record for best one-day haul, though: "The Avengers" made $80.5 million on Friday, which trailed the "Deathly Hallows" one-day total by about $10 million.
--"The Avengers" was the only new movie out this weekend, and all the other movies saw their takes cut in half. Here are this weekend's Top 10 movies anyway . . .
1.) (NEW) "The Avengers", $200 million.
2.) "Think Like a Man", $8 million. Up to $73 million in its 3rd week.
3.) "The Hunger Games", $5.7 million. Up to $381 million in its 7th week.
4.) "The Lucky One", $5.5 million. Up to $47.9 million in its 3rd week.
5.) "The Pirates! Band of Misfits", $5.4 million. Up to $18.6 million in its 2nd week.
Is Arnold Schwarzenegger Getting *Two* Shows on Oprah's Network?
What does OPRAH need to do to attract more viewers to her network? How about adding more shows starring ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER?
--Britain's "Daily Star" tabloid claims Oprah wants Arnold to bring in more male viewers by hosting TWO shows on her OWN network. There's no word if Arnold is interested . . . or if this "report" is even legit to begin with.
--The "Daily Star" says Arnold would host a show with celebrity guests, such as Sylvester Stallone, Vin Diesel and Jason Statham . . . and some sort of fitness, bodybuilding show.
--Supposedly, Oprah even went to Arnold's ex MARIA SHRIVER to make sure she would be cool with this. Fortunately, Maria gave her blessing . . . and said she thought this was a, quote, "blockbuster idea."
Justin Bieber, 50 Cent and Lil' Wayne Were Part of Floyd Mayweather's Entourage for His Fight Saturday Night
FLOYD "MONEY" MAYWEATHER proved just how "money" he is during his fight against MIGUEL COTTO Saturday night . . .
--By having an entourage that included JUSTIN BIEBER, 50 CENT, LIL WAYNE and WWE Wrestler TRIPLE H.
--They even carried Mayweather's belts to the ring with him.
Drake and Tyra Banks Went on a Date to Disneyland Last Week
DRAKE and TYRA BANKS were spotted on a DATE last week at Disneyland. He's 25 . . . she's 38. There's no word how serious things are between them.
Megan Fox's Publicist Refuses to Let Her Answer Questions About Her Alleged Pregnancy
Apparently, MEGAN FOX doesn't mind if you ask her about her alleged pregnancy. But her publicist does.
--Former "X Factor" host STEVE JONES was interviewing Megan for "Entertainment Tonight" . . . and he was BANNED ahead of time from bringing up the subject.
--They were supposed to be talking about Megan's new gig pimping products for Sharper Image. And that's how the interview started.
--But Jones tried to sneak some pregnancy talk into the conversation by asking her, quote, "Do you know the ultimate gadget that every man wants? A baby."
--Megan actually seemed to get a kick out of it . . . especially because it was annoying her publicist, who was standing just off-camera.
--It even looked like she might have been okay talking about it, until the publicist jumped in and stopped the interview, saying, quote, "Stop. Stop. Sorry, no."
Adam Yauch, "MCA" of the Beastie Boys, Has Lost His Battle with Cancer
ADAM YAUCH . . . "MCA" of the BEASTIE BOYS . . . passed away on Friday morning, after a three-year battle with cancer. He was 47. In July of 2009, he revealed that he had a tumor in his salivary gland.
--Last year, there were reports that MCA's condition was improving . . . but in a message to fans, he said those reports were premature.
--He said, quote, "While I'm grateful for all the positive energy people are sending my way, reports of my being totally cancer-free are exaggerated. I'm continuing treatment, staying optimistic, and hoping to be cancer-free in the near future."
--MCA wasn't able to make the Beastie Boys' Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction last month . . . and in his absence, the group opted not to perform.
--MCA started the Beastie Boys with his friends Mike Diamond a.k.a. "Mike D" . . . and ADAM HOROWITZ a.k.a. "Ad-Rock" in 1979. Their most recent album, "Hot Sauce Committee, Part 2", was released last May.
--It's too soon to say how or if the Beastie Boys will continue. There's been no comment yet from Mike D or Ad-Rock. (--The Beastie Boys have sold over 40 million albums over the past 30 years.)
Goober Pyle from "The Andy Griffith Show" Is Dead
GEORGE LINDSEY . . . the man who played Goober Pyle on "The Andy Griffith Show" . . . died yesterday. He was 83. There's no cause of death yet, but he had a stroke in March, and had been in bad shape ever since.
--Goober was Gomer Pyle's cousin, and he worked at the gas station.
--After "The Andy Griffith Show" ended, George continued the role on the spin-off "Mayberry R.F.D.", and again on the syndicated show "Hee Haw". (--The cast of "Hee Haw" called him George, but he was basically in character as Goober.)
--Andy Griffith released a statement saying, quote, "[He] was my friend. I had great respect for his talent and his human spirit.
--"Our last conversation was a few days ago. We would talk about our health, how much we missed our friends who passed before us and usually about something funny.
--"I am happy to say that as we found ourselves in our 80s, we were not afraid to say, 'I love you.' That was the last thing George and I had to say to each other. 'I love you.'"