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'Toy Story 4' tops the weekend box office with $118 million debut

Disney/Pixar(NEW YORK) -- Disney and Pixar's Toy Story 4 topped the weekend box office with a an estimated $118 million debut -- a franchise high, topping Toy Story 3's $110.3 million opening back in 2010. However, as has been the case with most sequels of late, it opened well below the $140 to $200 Disney had projected.

That said, Toy Story 4 -- featuring the voices of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts, Jordan Peele, Keegan-Michael Key and Keanu Reeves -- posted the fourth-largest animated opening ever. It also notched the third-largest weekend opening of the year, while giving Disney the top four openings of 2019.

Overseas, Toy Story 4 grabbed an estimated $120 million, for a $238 million global debut.

Landing in second place was the second of this week's debuts, Child's Play, a remake of the classic 1988 horror flick of the same name, featuring Mark Hamill as the voice of the killer doll Chucky and a live-action performance from Aubrey Plaza. It delivered an estimated $14 million domestically, right at the low end of pre-relaese expectations.

Disney's Aladdin held on to third place in its fifth week of release, earning an estimated $12.2 million and bringing its totals stateside to just below $288 million. The film's overseas tally now stands at $522 million, with its worldwide gross now standing at around $810 million.

Disney is the parent company of Pixar and ABC News.

The week's other major release, Anna, starring Russian model/actress Sasha Luss in her first big role, alongside Luke Evans and Helen Mirren, failed to crack the top 10, delivering an estimated $3.5 million.

Men in Black: International fell from first to fourth place in its second week of release, grabbing an estimated $10.75 million. The Secret Life of Pets 2 rounded out the top five with an estimated $10.3 million.

In limited release, Wild Rose earned an estimated $56,183 from four theaters.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated domestic box office earnings:

1. Toy Story 4, $118 million
2. Child’s Play, $14 million
3. Aladdin, $12.2 million
4. Men in Black International, $10.75 million
5. Secret Life of Pets 2, $10.3 million
6. Rocketman, $5.65 million
7. John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum, $4 million
8. Godzilla: King of the Monsters, $3.7 million
9. Dark Phoenix, $3.6 million
10. Shaft, $3.55 million


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Nik Wallenda on his high-wire walk across NYC's Times Square: "There are a lot of distractions"

Walt Disney Television/Jeff Neira(NEW YORK) -- In 2012, high-wire artist Nik Wallenda walked across Niagara Falls. In 2013, he walked across the Grand Canyon.  But Sunday night, he'll face the scariest challenge of all: walking across New York City.

More specifically, Nik will be walking on a 1,300-foot-long cable suspended 25 stories above street level across New York's legendary Time Square. He'll be joined by his sister, Lijana, in her first performance since she fell 30 feet off a tightrope in 2017.

"She'll come out to the middle [of the wire], she'll sit down, we'll meet there," Nik told ABC News. "I'll then step over her and then she'll get back up and she'll walk to one side, I'll walk to the other."

Why Times Square?  Nik told ABC News, "Because it's Times Square! No one in the world's ever walked a wire over Times Square...and to be honest, the distractions of Times Square were a fascination to me."

"The key to wire walking is not getting distracted," he said at a press conference on the top of 1 Times Square, the location of the New Year's Eve ball drop.  "Every distraction you can imagine is right down there. So to me, it was about pushing myself to be better at what I do."

"There are a lot of distractions...the stability of the wire, the fact that my sister's at the other end coming towards me....there's definitely a lot going on," he added. "More than I've ever had to deal with in my entire career."

Also distracting? The wire he's walking on is thin. Really thin.

"It's a little smaller than my thumb...very close to the size of a quarter," Nik says.  

Highwire Live in Times Square with Nik Wallenda airs live Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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'Siren' star Eline Powell to make a splash at annual Coney Island Mermaid Parade

Freeform/Lorenzo Bevilaqua(NEW YORK) -- Eline Powell, the star of Freeform’s mermaid thriller Siren, will be making a splash at the 37th annual Coney Island Mermaid Parade in New York City on Saturday.

This year marks the Belgian actress’ first time at the parade and she’ll be riding a special Siren-themed float. She’s still deciding what she’ll be wearing to the celebration, which is known for its wild costumes and artistic expression.

“This is the best part about any community parade kind of thing, it's the creativity that comes out,” Powell tells ABC Radio. “I'm obviously so keen to see what people dress up like. But, you know, to draw that to a bigger line, it's also to see what their interpretation of mermaid is.”

Maybe she’ll even hit the beach at Coney Island after the parade is over. Powell says that playing the fierce mermaid Ryn on Siren hasn’t made her sick of the water -- it’s only made her more inclined to take a beach vacation.

“At this point in time, I’m still like, ‘Does it have a beach? Does it have a sea or kind of place I can swim in?’ Otherwise I’m not too interested at the moment,” she laughs. “So it’s still a really big part of my life.” 

Siren, currently in its second season and recently renewed for a third, airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on Freeform.

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Family man Jim Gaffigan plays a polygamist in 'Being Frank'

Jim Spellman/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- If you're at all familiar with comic Jim Gaffigan's stand-up material, you know he's got a lot of jokes about being the father of five kids.  But he's putting a new spin on his reputation as a devoted family man with his current film role as a polygamist in the comedy Being Frank.

In fact, Gaffigan tells ABC Radio that playing a polygamist is what intrigued him.

"Being a guy who's married to two women and obviously they don't know each other is a really selfish, horrible thing to do," he says. "And so I wanted the challenge of making that guy human and possibly likable."

In Being Frank, Gaffigan's son by one wife accidentally discovers his dad's other family, and uses the knowledge to blackmail him.  Gaffigan says playing the role was also an eye-opener for him, in terms of discovering how common polygamy apparently is.

"You know, at every screening, someone raises their hand and they're like, 'my next-door neighbor at the funeral of the dad, they discovered they had another family'," Gaffigan reveals.  "And by the way...I met someone who in their town they had someone who had seven families."

Gaffigan, who's been married to actress, writer and producer Jeannie Gaffigan for 16 years, jokes to ABC Radio that he has "24 families," before confessing, "I can't even handle one family. I don't know how someone handles two." 

Being Frank is now playing in limited release.

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The monster is back and here to stay in creepy final 'Stranger Things 3' trailer

Netflix(LOS ANGELES) -- Ahead of its July 4 premiere, a creepy new trailer for Stranger Things season three has been unleashed.

It starts with an ominous voice-over that says, “You let us in and now you are going to have to let us stay.”

We then hear Millie Bobby Brown’s Eleven trying to understand how the monster is still around, even after she closed the portal to the Upside Down last season.

“What if he never left?” Will says. “What if we locked him out here with us?”

It seems the monster will be attaching itself to a new “host.”

“He’s building something,” Eleven says.

It’s up to the group to stop the creature from destroying everyone. The trailer ends with scenes from what is sure to be an epic battle inside the new mall in Hawkins.

Stranger Things season three debuts on Netflix July 4.

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'Toy Story 4's' Tony Hale talks his sad, funny character, Forky

Disney/Pixar(NEW YORK) -- The almost 10-year wait is over -- Disney/Pixar's Toy Story 4 is officially in theaters this weekend, and one of the new characters getting the most attention is a spork named Forky, voiced by Tony Hale.

Hale tells ABC Radio that Forky is having an existential crisis in the film, because he doesn't think of himself as a toy.

"He's like, listen, I was given this name, I made a toy. I don't know what's happening," explains Hale. I'm a spork and I was made for chili, and that's it. And you go to the trash."

The film settles that issue, as well as another burning question: Why is his name Forky, and not Sporky?

"There's actually another character that's like, 'But he's a spork.' So it's definitely acknowledged," assures Hale.

The Veep actor appreciates all the love, but he thinks he and Toy Story 4's other voice actors are just a "small piece of the pie."

"All the artists and directors and animators that put in so many hours of work in this -- that's the piece of the pie that should get the attention because they're the ones that have created the story and the vision," he says.

Adds Hale, "I mean, it's like eye candy, this movie is so visually stunning. So they're the ones that are really responsible for all that."

So what was Hale's favorite toy/character growing up?

"Scooter from The Muppet Show," says Hale. "He was a nerd like me. He had glasses like me and I was convinced he had asthma like me."

Toy Story 4 -- also starring Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts, Jordan Peele, Keegan Michael Key and Keanu Reeves -- opens nationwide today from Pixar and Disney, parent company of ABC News.

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'Toy Story 4' and 'Child's Play' among this week's new movies

Disney/Pixar(NEW YORK) -- Opening nationwide Friday:

* Toy Story 4 -- The latest chapter in the the 24-year Toy Story franchise finds Sheriff Woody and Buzz Lightyear -- voiced once again by Tom Hanks and Tim Allen, respectively -- and the rest of their playroom pals on a desperate rescue mission to find their new friend Forky, voiced by Tony Hale. He's a new toy made out of a spork, a pipe cleaner, Popsicle sticks and a pair of googly eyes brought to life by Bonnie, the little girl introduced in Toy Story 3. Other voice actors include Annie Potts, Jordan Peele, Keegan Michael Key and Keanu Reeves. Rated G.

* Child's Play -- This remake of the classic 1988 horror flick Child's Play features Star Wars' Mark Hamill as the voice of Chucky, the killer doll a mother, played by Aubrey Plaza, gives to her son for his birthday, unaware of its sinister nature. Gabriel Bateman and Brian Tyree Henry also star. Rated R.

* Anna -- Russian model/actress Sasha Luss lands her first big role in this action-thriller about a striking beauty who's transformed into an elite assassin. Also starring Luke Evans, Cillian Murphy, and Helen Mirren. Rated R.

Opening in limited release Friday:

* Wild Rose -- Chernobyl actress Jessie Buckly stars in this British musical drama about a single mother from Glasgow, Scotland who dreams of moving to Nashville and becoming a country star. Julie Walters co-stars. Rated R.

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Poppy Montgomery plays a surfing ex-con on ABC's summer series, 'Reef Break', debuting tonight

ABC/Craig Sjodin(LOS ANGELES) -- Poppy Montgomery wants you to spend your summer in the “shadiest sunny place in the world.” That’s how she describes the setting for her new crime drama, Reef Break.

The series, shot in Montgomery’s native Australia, follows Cat Chambers, a surfer and a former criminal who becomes a fixer for the governor of an idyllic Pacific Island.

“It's beautiful, it's tropical, it's wish fulfillment but it's also got a dark side that our characters get to explore,” Montgomery says.

The actress, who also executive produces the show, hopes Reef Break will make some waves for female empowerment on TV.

“The show is really unique in that it centers around a female surfer, a female criminal,” she says. “It has a lot of strong women doing things that men usually get to do on TV.”

Poppy adds of her character, “She surfs. She drives boats. She jumps out of planes. I mean, she does everything the boys get to do and more.”

Reef Break debuts tonight at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.


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Pump your brakes: Marvel Studios President says Killmonger's return to Black Panther 2 is "pure speculation"

Marvel Studios(LOS ANGELES) -- As rumors continue to swirl about what the sequel to Ryan Coogler's Black Panther will entail, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige is shutting down the early report that Michael B. Jordan's character Erik Killmonger will officially be revived.

In an interview with BET, Feige says the rumor that Jordan will make a return in the sequel is pure "speculation."

"[It’s] pure rumor and speculation because Mr. [Ryan] Coogler is just only in recent weeks sitting down at his keyboard and beginning to outline the movie," Feige said.

"It's early," he continued. "Nothing is set yet in any way that far because Mr. Coogler [is] sitting down and will share it with [Black Panther producer] Nate Moore and myself in coming weeks."

As previously reported, in January Black Panther star Angela Bassett's husband, Courtney B. Vance, told Entertainment Tonight that the entire cast was returning for Black Panther 2.

"Everyone will be there, including Michael B. [Jordan]" Vance had said.

Although Vance didn't offer any specifics, the revelation left fans scratching their heads. In the Oscar-winning film, Jordan's villainous character Killmonger was mortally wounded after an epic battle with T'Challa in their native Wakanda. T'Challa offered him aid, but Killmonger famously chose to die, rather than live a life imprisoned like his "ancestors."

Production on Black Panther 2 is scheduled to begin in late 2019 early 2020.

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"I guess it's over": Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher sarcastically read 'In Touch' break-up cover story

Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney(LOS ANGELES) -- Former That '70s Show costars Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis have been married since July of 2015, and are still going strong...despite a new In Touch cover article declaring: "It's Over."

That was news to them, and Kunis sarcastically read the story's cover to her hubby on Instagram.

"Babe: what's happening?" Kutcher asks her, looking into the camera.

"It's over between us," Kunis deadpans, holding up the article on her phone to the camera.

"It's over between us?" Kutcher says, in mock concern.

"Yeah. I 'felt suffocated,'" she says, quoting the magazine's cover.

"You felt suffocated?!" Kutcher says. "Oh, I was just so overbearing!"

Kunis adds, "Also, I took the kids."

"You took the kids!?" Kutcher exclaims sarcastically.

"And you had a very dark secret exposed," his wife says.

"What was the dark secret?" he asks. When Kunis says she doesn't know, Kutcher adds, "It must have been really dark."

Captioning the video, Kutcher says, "I guess it's over @intouchweekly" adding, "have fun selling magazines this week. Maybe next week my wife will be having twins. For the third time. But who's counting."

In reality, the couple has two children, Wyatt, four, and Dimitri, two.

The hysterical video was immediately liked by the couple's celebrity pals, some no stranger to similar tabloid rumors. "This is amazing," Demi Lovato replied. "#fakenews," noted Rumor Willis.

"DAMMIT!!! I was gonna take a run at [Mila]," commented Dax Shepard, who's married to Kristen Bell.

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'Game of Thrones' star Sophie Turner says her dad was "beyond pleased" she married Joe Jonas

Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for HBO(LOS ANGELES) -- Sophie Turner had her father's blessing before marrying Joe Jonas.

In a new episode of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's The HFPA in Conversation podcast, the X-Men: Dark Phoenix actress says her dad was "beyond pleased" that she wed a musician.

"Well, he's getting into the Jonas Brothers," the Game of Thrones star says. "I don't think they were his demographic! But he's getting into them now and he loves them and the new music is fantastic."

She adds, "So yeah, my dad was beyond pleased when I married a musician because it was always kind of, 'You have to marry a rugby player or a musician!' So I got one of them right."

Sophie and Joe tied the knot on May 1 in a surprise ceremony in Las Vegas following the Billboard Music Awards. They plan on having a more formal ceremony in France sometime this summer.

Sophie admits she’s still getting used to calling Joe "husband."

"I keep going from boyfriend, to fiancé, to husband, I can't figure out what to say!" she says. "It's early days but we're very happy."

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'Witches' gets stitches: Crew member stabs another in the neck in fight on Anne Hathaway's film

Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage(LONDON) -- "A fight over a teabag" was reportedly the cause of an on-set scrap that led one crew member to stab another in the neck on the set of an Anne Hathaway movie called The Witches

Perhaps not surprisingly, given the cause, the movie is being shot in Britain, according to The Sun.

The victim was stabbed in a neck by another crew member wielding a box cutter, a common tool on movie sets. The perpetrator was arrested, and the victim rushed from Warner Bros. Studios in Leavesden, Hertfordshire to the hospital for treatment.

There were around 100 crew members on the set at the time, and the incident caused a security lockdown, the paper reports.

The Witches, the second adaptation of the Roald Dahl book of the same name, also stars Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer, Chris Rock, and Stanley Tucci.

The movie, directed and co-written by Forrest Gump Oscar winner Robert Zemeckis and Emmy-nominated black-ish co-creator Kenya Barris, opens next year.

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"Spider-Verse" director Peter Ramsey says his history-making Oscar win was a team effort

(L-R) Persichetti, Ramsey, Rothman, Lord, Miller -- ABC/Rick Rowell(MIAMI) -- When director Peter Ramsey thinks back to his Oscar win earlier this year for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, he says he's still amazed that he managed to score the prestigious award.

"I have to say... it was so unexpected and the timing of it was so strange, because we were working really hard for three years and we turned over the movie so late, that the attention started hitting us like almost immediately," Ramsey tells ABC Radio. "So, I think me and the rest of our team -- we're all kind of standing there going, 'What just happened?'"

Though the win made Ramsey the first black person to receive an Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film, he gives equal credit to his Spider-Verse co-directors Bob Persichetti and Rodney Rothman. LEGO Movie directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller produced Spider-Verse, and also shared the gold on Oscar night.

"I imagine it's kind of like when you when you win a Super Bowl and you're on the team and you get a ring," Ramsey says. "And it's like recognition of what the team did. So, I kind of feel that way about it."

Although Ramsey says he's "really proud" of his contribution to the film, he feels there's no way he can "claim the whole thing."

"I'm very lucky that...its success is kind of washing over me a little bit," he adds. "So I'm just trying to stay under that little shower head."

Meanwhile, Ramsey took a little break from his busy schedule this past weekend to attend the American Black Film Festival in Miami.

"It's great to just kind of like come out and talk to people," he says, explaining that he's interacted with other black creatives. "Be able to just share creative ideas [and] get a sense of community. 

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Report: Mark-Paul Gosselaar replaces Anders Holm in the upcoming ABC comedy 'mixed-ish'

©2019 FOX Broadcasting Co. CR: Frank Micelotta/FOX/PictureGroup(LOS ANGELES) -- Mark-Paul Gosselaar has been re-cast as the father of Tracee Ellis Ross’ character, Rainbow Johnson, in the upcoming ABC comedy mixed-ish, according to Variety. He replaces Workaholics vet Anders Holm, who played the role in the original pilot.

Gosselaar, who's best-known for his roles in Franklin & Bash, NYPD Blue and Saved by the Bell, most recently starred in the Fox shows The Passage and Pitch, as well as the NBC comedy Truth Be Told.

mixed-ish, which follows Rainbow's experience growing up in a mixed-race family during the 1980s, also stars Arica Himmel as Bow Johnson, along with Tika Sumpter, Christina Anthony, Mykal-Michelle and Ethan Childress.

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Fourth season premiere of 'Riverdale' will address death of "fallen friend" Luke Perry

ABC/Lou Rocco(LOS ANGELES) -- As promised, Riverdale will address the loss of Luke Perry, who died March 4 after suffering a stroke.

On Wednesday, Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa shared a photo of his finished script for the show's upcoming fourth season premiere. The title page revealed the episode is titled "In Memorium."

The producer captioned the tweet, "Probably the most important episode of #Riverdale we’ll do this year, if not ever. A tribute to our fallen friend. Thankful for this opportunity to honor Luke & Fred."

Perry played Fred Andrews, father of K.J. Apa's character, Archie Andrews.

Riverdale returns for its fourth season October 9 at 8 pm ET on the CW Network.

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