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Rugby-Munster transfer for Ed Sheeran as gigs force Champions Cup change
Ed Sheeran has kicked Munster out of their Thomond Park stadium for the Champions Cup quarter-final against Toulouse next month, with the venue set to host the British singer’s concerts. The quarter-finals are scheduled for May 6-8, but with Sheeran set to play at Thomond Park in Limerick on May 5-6, there isn’t enough time to get the pitch back to playable level.
Box Office: ‘Fantastic Beasts 3’ Opens to $43 Million Franchise
“Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets,” the third chapter in the “Harry Potter” spin-off series, grossed $43 million on its domestic box office debut. In times of a pandemic, those ticket sales were enough to lead this weekend’s box office charts and land one of the biggest North American openings of 2022. But it’s also a sign that the magic is rare for the lucrative and ever-expanding wizarding world of JK Rowling. Marked by mixed reviews and growing apathy for prequel series star Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) and company, “Dumbledore’s Secrets” is the worst start to a “Harry Potter”-adjacent movie. (Its 2016 predecessor “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” launched at $74 million in North America, while 2018’s follow-up “The Crimes of Grindelwald” bowed to $62 million.)
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