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Box Office: ‘How to Train Your Dragon 3’ Roars to $30M; ‘Madea Family Funeral’ Strong No. 2 With $27M

Parting is such sweet sorrow, and it was sweet indeed for Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral at the weekend box office. The final installment in the 15-year-old franchise opened to $27 million, ahead of expectations and the biggest launch for the series in a decade. Madea Family Funeral also marks the end of Perry’s…

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Box Office: ‘How to Train Your Dragon 3’ Roars to $30M; ‘Madea Family Funeral’ Strong No. 2 With $27M

Parting is such sweet sorrow, and it was sweet indeed for Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral at the weekend box office.
The final installment in the 15-year-old franchise opened to $27 million, ahead of expectations and the biggest launch for the series in a decade. Madea Family Funeral also marks the end of Perry’s long partnership with Lionsgate. It’s the third-best start for the franchise behind Madea Goes to Jail in 2009 ($41 million) and Madea’s Family Reunion in 2006 ($30 million), not adjusted for inflation.
In the latest film — which Perry directed, produced and stars in — a joyous family reunion turns into a hilarious nightmare as Madea and the crew travel to backwoods Georgia and unexpectedly have to plan a funeral, which threatens to reveal sordid family secrets. Cassi Davis and Patrice Lovely also star.

Madea Family Funeral skewed female (61 percent), while African-Americans made up 50 percent of the audience, followed by Caucasian (23 percent), Hispanic (19 percent), and Asian/Other (8 percent), according to PostTrack.
While Madea prospered, it wasn’t able to wrest the box office crown from DreamWorks Animation and Universal’s holdover How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, which earned another $30 million in its second weekend after traffic surged on Saturday. The domestic total for the sequel stands at $97.9 million.
How to Train Your Dragon 3 also won the race overseas with another $52 million from 61 markets for a foreign cume of $277.7 million and $375.4 million globally. The family movie opened to $33.4 million in China, where it both toppled Alita: Battle Angel and scored the second-best start for either a DWA title or animated pic from Universal.
The James Cameron-produced Alita came in third in North America with another $7 million for a domestic total of $72.2 million. Internationally, the big-budget Fox tentpole took in another $40.4 million for a foreign cume of $278.2 million and $350.4 million worldwide. In China, Alita’s total is $112.1 million. Fox insiders maintain the pic has reached its break-even threshold, but outside analysts say it needs to earn $400 million or more to come out in the black.
Warner Bros.’ The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part came in No. 4 domestically with another $6.6 million for a domestic tally of $91.7 million and a disappointing $152.8 million worldwide.
Buoyed by its Oscar win for best picture, Green Book moved up to No. 5 with another $4.7 million for a North American total of $75.9 million. Overseas, the bump was even more pronounced: The Amblin and Participant dramedy took in another $31.9 million — including an impressive China bow of $17.1 million — for a foreign cume of $112.1 million and $188 million globally.
The post-Oscar glow also shone on A Star Is Born, which was re-released Friday with 12 minutes of additional footage following Lady Gaga’s win for best original song for “Shallow.” The film’s domestic total stands at $212.9 million. Ditto for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which claimed the Oscar for best animated feature. The pic earned another $2.1 million for the weekend as it swung to $187.4 million domestically.
Dwayne Johnson and MGM’s wrestling biopic Fighting With My Family was close behind Green Book in the U.S. with another $4.69 million for a domestic tally of $14.9 million. In the U.K. — the home country of the film’s subject, Paige — Fighting With My Family debuted at No. 1 with a promising $2.6 million for MGM and local partner Lionsgate UK.
Neil Jordan and Focus Features’ thriller Greta, starring Isabelle Huppert, Chloe Grace Moretz and Maika Monroe, launched with a muted $4.58 million. Greta revolves around a young New York City restaurant hostess whose chance meeting with an older French woman has unforeseen — and creepy — consequences for herself and her roommate.
Among more specialized offerings, 2019 Sundance Film Festival documentary Apollo 11 launched in 120 Imax theaters with a strong $1.7 million. The Neon and CNN Films doc, directed by Todd Douglas Miller, features never-before-seen film footage of NASA’s historic mission to land a man on the moon. Apollo 11 currently sports a rare 100 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes.
French filmmaker Gasper Noe’s psychological horror film Climax is reporting the top location average of the weekend, $24,331, upon opening in five locations. A24 is handling the film in the U.S.
This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.

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Shawn Mendes Promises ‘It’ll Be Okay’ on New Song: Stream It Now

Shawn Mendes mends his broken heart following his high-profile breakup with Camila Cabello on his new song “It’ll Be Okay,” which was released Wednesday (Dec. 1). He first teased the single via Instagram on Tuesday with a 12-second snippet of him singing, “Are we gonna make it?/ Is this gonna hurt?” over swelling, organ-like synths.…

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Shawn Mendes Promises ‘It’ll Be Okay’ on New Song: Stream It Now

Shawn Mendes mends his broken heart following his high-profile breakup with Camila Cabello on his new song “It’ll Be Okay,” which was released Wednesday (Dec. 1).
He first teased the single via Instagram on Tuesday with a 12-second snippet of him singing, “Are we gonna make it?/ Is this gonna hurt?” over swelling, organ-like synths. He continues singing about patching up the wounds of a lost love in the chorus: “If you tell me you’re leaving, I’ll make it easy/ It’ll be okay/ If we can’t stop the bleeding/ We don’t have to fix it/ We don’t have to stay/ I will love you either way/ Ooh-ooh, it’ll be oh, be okay/ Ooh-ooh.”

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“It’ll Be Okay” arrives just two weeks after Mendes and Cabello announced their breakup after the all-star couple had been dating for more than two years. The pop stars, who hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 together with “Señorita” in 2019, released a joint statement addressing their split, promising fans that they “started our relationship as best friends and will continue to be best friends.”
The song also marks Mendes’ first solo music release since his fourth studio album Wonder, which he released almost exactly a year ago on Dec. 4, 2020, and topped the Billboard 200. He’ll be taking Wonder all around the world during his 2022 tour, which kicks off its European leg in spring before heading Stateside next summer with openers Dermot Kennedy and Tate McRae.
Listen to “It’ll Be Okay” below.

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John Ivey Promoted at iHeartMedia, Will Hand Over KIIS FM Program Director Duties

Programming veteran John Ivey is moving up at iHeartMedia. Effective immediately, Ivey will take on the role of president of CHR (Contemporary Hits Radio) content development and strategy.   In his new role, Ivey will focus on the recruitment, training, deployment and career growth of talent across all of iHeart’s CHR stations. In addition, Ivey will work closely with executive vp of…

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John Ivey Promoted at iHeartMedia, Will Hand Over KIIS FM Program Director Duties

Programming veteran John Ivey is moving up at iHeartMedia. Effective immediately, Ivey will take on the role of president of CHR (Contemporary Hits Radio) content development and strategy.  
In his new role, Ivey will focus on the recruitment, training, deployment and career growth of talent across all of iHeart’s CHR stations. In addition, Ivey will work closely with executive vp of talent development Dennis Clark to coach and develop talent.  
Ivey takes on the new role after being named president of CHR programming strategy in 2017. With the new promotion, he’ll be stepping down as program director at powerhouse Los Angeles station KIIS FM, a job he’s held for 20 years, with a successor to be announced tomorrow. Ivey will continue reporting to Tom Poleman, chief programming officer and president of the national programming group for iHeartMedia. 
“For over 20 years, John has been a key part of our successful Los Angeles market and our CHR stations across the country,” said Poleman in a release. “Now he will step into another integral role within iHeart – a role which represents that iHeart is a talent-first company dedicated to building the skills, capacity and drive of our nationally-recognized on-air personalities. John’s extensive experience in programming and his credibility within the industry are perfect for leading and elevating this initiative.” 
Throughout Ivey’s tenure as KIIS FM program director, the station has maintained large audiences with hit shows including the morning show On Air with Ryan Seacrest. Ivey has also been instrumental in securing top-tier talent for iHeartRadio’s KIIS FM Jingle Ball and Wango Tango, two of the largest live radio events of the year. This year’s Jingle Ball will include performances from Ed Sheeran, Dua Lipa, Doja Cat, Lil Nas X and Kane Brown.  
“My mother took me to a radio station for the first time on my sixth birthday. The PD of that station, Mrs. Potter was my first mentor. Next was my first PD, Steve Hagen and later the legendary Steve Rivers. Now it’s my turn to focus on talent first at iHeart,” said Ivey in a release. “Thanks to Bob Pittman for always supporting me and allowing me to pitch a dream and turn it into a job. I love supporting talent, watching them grow and achieve their goals. Let’s GO!” 
Ivey is a 40-plus year radio veteran and the longest-running program director for KIIS FM. He began his radio career as an on-air personality and music director in his hometown of Owensboro, Kentucky and later led programming efforts for stations in New York, Tennessee and Boston. He joined iHeartMedia Los Angeles in 2001 and throughout his tenure has served in a variety of roles, including vp of programming for the market, program director of KYSR FM and KHHT FM, senior vp of programming and CHR brand manager for iHeartMedia.  

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Anitta Shares 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Her

During rehearsals for the 2021 Latin GRAMMYs, Anitta shared five interesting facts about herself, including her go-to breakfast, her biggest fears and how her family bets on her relationships.

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During rehearsals for the 2021 Latin GRAMMYs, Anitta shared five interesting facts about herself, including her go-to breakfast, her biggest fears and how her family bets on her relationships.

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