"The Dark Knight Rises" Made About $160 Million . . . But the Official Figures Won't Be Released Until Later Today
"The Dark Knight Rises" made about $160 million at the box office this weekend . . . including $30.6 million from midnight screenings. But we won't know its official take until later today.
--The various movie studios decided to suspend box office results for the day out of respect for the Colorado shooting victims.
--But if that number holds, it'll give "The Dark Knight Rises" the best opening weekend ever for a 2D movie. (--"Ice Age: Continental Drift" was a distant second at the box office this weekend, with $21 million.)
--The overall record is still held by "The Avengers" with $207.4 million. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" is second with $169.2 million.
--Both of those movies were in 3D, which means tickets would have cost several dollars more.
--$30.6 million is also the biggest midnight take for a 2D movie, and the second-biggest take overall, behind "Deathly Hallows - Part 2".
--"The Dark Knight" earned $158.4 million in its opening weekend four years ago.
Is Michael Jackson's Mother Missing?
Last week MICHAEL JACKSON'S siblings leaked a letter to the Internet calling the executors of Michael's will FRAUDS and asking them to step down.
--And they said the situation had stressed their mother KATHERINE out so badly that she suffered a MINI-STROKE.
--Michael's daughter PARIS denied it, and asked her family to stop, quote, "telling everyone things that aren't true."
--Well, this story is far from over, because on Saturday, Paris went on Twitter and said her grandmother is MISSING.
--She Tweeted, quote, "Yes, my grandmother is missing. I haven't spoken with her in a week. I want her home now." And Katherine's nephew Trent filed a missing persons report.
--But the day before that, JERMAINE had Tweeted, quote, "I want to reassure everyone (including all sudden medical experts) that Mother is fine but is resting up in Arizona on the orders of a doctor, not us.
--"This is our mother and her health is paramount. We are not inventing or plotting anything. We are following doctor's advice. Period."
--The L.A. County Sheriff's Department wanted to speak to Katherine personally, and by yesterday evening, they had. A spokesman said she told them that she's, quote, "fine and with a family member."
--It's not clear if Katherine has spoken to Michael's kids yet, and police are still trying to find out why they had so much trouble getting in touch with her.
--A lawyer representing Paris says Katherine flew to New Mexico with her daughter Rebbie on July 15th to watch the Jacksons perform, and hasn't been heard from since.
--The lawyer adds, quote, "The kids haven't been able to reach her for almost a week. They are told she's unavailable . . . I'm concerned that she's not safe. She has never gone 24 hours without talking to her kids."
--There are also reports that the doctor who's caring for Katherine is a guy who testified for the DEFENSE in DR. CONRAD MURRAY'S manslaughter trial. He's not Katherine's regular doctor. He was called in by Jermaine and RANDY.
--And in 2000, he was reprimanded by the California medical board for writing fraudulent prescriptions for JANET.
--When Paris caught wind of this she Tweeted, quote, "The same doctor that testified on behalf of Dr. Murray saying my father was a drug addict (a lie) is caring for my grandmother . . . just saying."
Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis Were Caught Kissing
It looks like ASHTON KUTCHER and MILA KUNIS aren't hiding their relationship anymore. They went to a party together on Saturday, and they were kissing in front of everyone.
--The paparazzi even got a picture.
Mariah Carey Is Reportedly "Finalizing a Deal" to Judge "American Idol"
The MARIAH CAREY / "American Idol" rumors aren't going away.
--Deadline.com claims Mariah is, quote, "finalizing a deal" to join "Idol" as a judge. Supposedly, it's worth $17 MILLION for one season.
--For comparison, we've heard JENNIFER LOPEZ made $12 million her first season, and $20 million last season . . . although recent reports say she only made $15 million last year. And BRITNEY SPEARS signed on to do "X Factor" for $15 million.
--Last week, Mariah's husband NICK CANNON said, quote, "I don't know if they can afford Mariah Carey . . . they gave J-Lo $20 million, they might have to double that."
Justin Bieber and "The Hunger Games" Were Winners at Last Night's "Teen Choice Awards"
"The Teen Choice Awards" went down last night . . . and JUSTIN BIEBER, ONE DIRECTION, "The Hunger Games" and"Vampire Diaries" were big winners.
--But TAYLOR SWIFT and "The Twilight Saga" also added to their collection of surfboard-shaped Teen Choice trophies.
--Taylor took home five awards, which now gives her 20 overall. That's the most ever won by a female artist.
--And the "Twilight" movies have now won 41 Teen Choice awards. This year, "Breaking Dawn - Part One", was recognized several times, including winning the "Ultimate Choice Award".
--Performers included Justin Bieber, Carly Rae Jepsen, Flo Rida and No Doubt, who gave the first televised performance of their new single "Settle Down".
--DEMI LOVATO and "Glee" star KEVIN MCHALE hosted the ceremony. At one point, Demi said that over 134 million votes were cast . . . and Kevin said, quote, "Are there even that many teens?"