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The Conjuring 2 beats Warcraft movie

Horror movie earns $55 million over opening weekend in US

All the might of the orcs in Warcraft: The Beginning stood no chance against the ghosts of The Conjuring 2 at the US box office.

The horror flick earned US$40.4 million (S$55 million) for its opening weekend, while the fantasy epic Warcraft, with its hefty price tag of US$160 million, only managed to rake in US$24.4 million.

However, the movie adaptation of the popular game has done big business in China, grossing US$156 million over just five days since opening last Wednesday, trumping Star Wars: The Force Awakens' entire Chinese theatrical run.

It's been reported that half of the world's five million World of Warcraft players are located in China.

To date, the worldwide gross of Warcraft is US$286.1 million.

Nick Carpou, Warcraft's domestic distribution chief, told Los Angeles Times: "What we're happy about is the absolute global domination of this movie."


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Tony Awards remembers Orlando shootings

This year's edition of the Tony Awards held on Sunday night was dedicated to the victims of the Orlando mass shooting that same morning.

US citizen Omar Mateen, 29, had opened fire at a gay nightclub and killed 50 people.

Tony Awards host James Corden said on stage before officially opening the show: "On behalf of the whole theatre community and every person in this room, our hearts go out to all of those affected by this atrocity. All we can say is you are not on your own right now. Your tragedy is our tragedy.

"Hate will never win."

Lin-Manuel Miranda, the star of Hamilton, struggled to hold back tears during his emotional acceptance speech for Best Original Score, and even prepared a sonnet.

"We live through times when hate and fear seem stronger; We rise and fall and light from dying embers," he read. "And love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love."


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Passion Of The Christ sequel?

Could a sequel to 2004's The Passion Of The Christ, the highest-grossing religious film of all time, be happening?

Screenwriter Randall Wallace told The Hollywood Reporter that he is working on the untitled follow-up with actor-director Mel Gibson, 60, and it's said to revolve around the resurrection of Jesus Christ very closely.

"I always wanted to tell this story," Wallace said. "The Passion is the beginning and there's a lot more story to tell."


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Star power at fashion show

Caitlyn Jenner, 66, obviously has no qualms flaunting her legs - sitting in the front row and next to US pop star Katy Perry, no less.

Donning a bodycon mini dress from the Moschino Autumn/Winter 2016 runway, the US reality TV star made an appearance at the Moschino Spring/Summer 2017 Fashion Show in Los Angeles last Friday.

According to the Daily Mail, Perry avoided looking at or talking with Jenner, and the pair watched the show in silence.

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