Entertainment news roundup: Box office: ‘The Bad Guys’ topples ‘Fantastic Beasts 3’ with $24 million launch; Johnny Depp will face more questions from his ex-wife’s lawyers in defamation case 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 will face more questions from his ex-wife’s lawyers in defamation case

Hollywood star Johnny Depp returns to the witness box on Monday to answer further questions from lawyers for ex-wife Amber Heard before a jury that will decide the actors’ defamation claims. Depp, 58, handed Heard, 36, $50 million after accusing him of abuse before and during their roughly two-year marriage. The ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ actor maintained that Heard was the one who got violent in the relationship.

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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