People And Entertainment


March 16, 2009|By From Sun news services

'Witch Mountain' climbs to the top at the box office

Disney's Race to Witch Mountain raced to No. 1 at the weekend box office, bypassing expectations with $25 million in ticket sales.

The PG-rated sci-fi flick starring Dwayne Johnson as a cab driver with a pair of alien teenagers along for the ride topped the R-rated superhero epic Watchmen, which earned $18.1 million in its second week.

Ticket sales for Watchmen plummeted 67 percent from last weekend's $55.2 million debut, according to studio estimates yesterday. Jeff Goldstein, Warner Bros. executive vice president of distribution, said the studio anticipated the big dip for director Zack Snyder's comic book adaptation about a team of subversive superheros.

Also opening this weekend in wide release was The Last House on the Left, the Universal horror remake, which turned up at No. 3 with $14.7 million in ticket sales, and Miss March, the Fox Atomic comedy in the No. 10 spot with $2.4 million. 20th Century Fox's thriller Taken remained at No. 4 with $6.7 million in its seventh weekend in theaters.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Media By Numbers LLC. Final figures will be released today.

Sammy Davis Jr.'s wife Altovise dies at 65

Altovise Joanne Gore Davis, a dancer and actress and the widow of Sammy Davis Jr., has died. She was 65.

Davis died Saturday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after suffering a stroke, said Amy Malone, a publicist for her family.

Davis worked her way to the Broadway stage where she met the legendary entertainer when they performed together in the musical Golden Boy in 1967.

She became his third wife when they wed in 1970 (Sammy Davis was previously married to dancer Loray White and Swedish actress Mai Britt). They adopted a son and remained together until Davis died of throat cancer in 1990 at age 64.

She is survived by her son, Manny.

A private memorial service was being planned.

'Top Model' mayhem in New York injures 6

Three people were arrested and six others hurt Saturday after fighting broke out while people waited to audition for the reality show America's Next Top Model, police said.

Police didn't know what prompted the chaos involving hundreds of people outside the Park Central New York hotel in Manhattan. The panic left the street outside the hotel littered with shoes and clothing, according to news reports.

Two women and a man were arrested on disorderly conduct charges, police said. Authorities also shut down the audition, saying it wasn't properly organized.

Four injured people declined treatment, while two others were taken to a hospital, the fire department said.

From Sun news services


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