Entertainment news roundup: Box office: ‘The Bad Guys’ topples ‘Fantastic Beasts 3’ with $24 million launch; Johnny Depp completes testimony in libel case, says ex-wife left him ‘broken’ and more


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Box Office: ‘The Bad Guys’ topples ‘Fantastic Beasts 3’ with $24 million

Universal’s kid-friendly hug “The Bad Guys” pulled off a heist for the ages, capturing the top spot at the domestic box office. The animated comedy raked in $24 million from 4,009 North American theaters on its debut, enough to win the “Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets” crown. In its second weekend of release, the final chapter of the “Harry Potter” prequel series dropped to third place with $14 million, a troubling sign for Warner Bros. Wizarding Movie Franchise.

Johnny Depp ends testimony in libel case, says ex-wife left him ‘broken’

Actor Johnny Depp concluded his testimony in the defamation case he filed against ex-wife Amber Heard on Monday, saying he had been the victim of domestic violence in their relationship and that he had been ” broken” when their marriage fell apart. Depp’s fourth day on the witness stand in a Virginia court ended with the audio playback of a conversation that took place after Heard obtained a restraining order against him in 2016.

The Crawley Family Returns in New ‘Downton Abbey’ Movie

The Crawley family are back, this time with a film set in their famous ‘Downton Abbey’ home as well as the French Riviera in the second film from the award-winning TV series. Releasing in UK cinemas on Friday, ‘Downton Abbey: A New Era’ sees the return of the fictional aristocratic Crawley family and their servants who ruled a vast estate in the English countryside at the turn of the 20th century.

Comedian Jon Stewart celebrated for humor and advocacy with Mark Twain Award

Comedian Jon Stewart became the 23rd recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center on Sunday, with tributes from late-night TV hosts Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel and music from singer Bruce Springsteen. Stewart, who captured the American zeitgeist while animating politicians and the media as host of ‘The Daily Show’ on Comedy Central for 16 years, joked about the big stars he helped celebrant advance career.

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