Hooray for Hollywood: Here are this past weekend’s box office results (Friday through Monday .. four days)

1. “Minions: The Rise of Gru,” $125 million. (CINEMA SCOOP .. The film cost $80 million to produce. It has earned over $220 million worldwide. The opening is the highest ever for a July 4th release beating the previous record by “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” with $115.9 million.)

2. “Top Gun: Maverick,” $33 million.

3. “Elvis,” $23.5 million.


DENZEL WASHINGTON, Olympian SIMONE BILES, and 15 others will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom.


Rocketman” star TARON EGERTON has had talks with Marvel about playing Wolverine in the MCU.  He says, quote, “Hopefully if it does come around, they’ll give me a shot.”



“Avatar: The Way of Water” hits theaters on December 16th and JAMES CAMERON doesn’t like when people complain about long movies.  Quote, “I don’t want anybody whining about length when they sit and binge-watch [TV] for eight hours.”



The first part of “Stranger Things” Season 4 had 7.2 billion minutes of viewing time in one week, making it the highest weekly total for any streaming show.  They also have the highest two-week total with 12.34 billion minutes.

MILLIE BOBBY BROWN did some vlogging on the set of “Stranger Things 4”.


When Eddie jams out to “Master of Puppets” in the Upside Down, that’s not his playing that you hear.  Metallica bassist ROBERT TRUJILLO revealed that his son TYE assisted with the recording.  He’s in the credits under “additional guitar tracks”.



LINDSAY LOHAN and her fiancé Bader Shammas are married.  She announced it on Saturday.  Bader works in finance, and they’ve been together for more than three years.



TRAVIS BARKER took to Twitter to explain how he ended up in the hospital.  During an endoscopy, a polyp was removed, but damaged a critical pancreatic drainage tube, causing the pancreatitis.


THE BACKSTREET BOYS brought out DRAKE for their performance of “I Want It That Way” during a show in Toronto.  He called it “one of the greatest songs of all time.”


Someone got a protection order against RICKY MARTIN, claiming to be an ex-lover who’s being harassed.  Ricky says the order is, quote, “based on completely false allegations.” Ricky’s brother Eric said the accuser is an estranged nephew with mental health problems.


DR. DRE made 247 songs during the pandemic.