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Aug. 19, 2012 at 2:00 PM   |   Comments

'Expendables' tops weekend U.S. box office

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- "The Expendables 2," starring Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone, was No. 1 at the U.S. box office this weekend.

The film raked in $28.75 million in gross U.S. receipts.

"The Bourne Legacy," with Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz and Edward Norton, was No. 2 with $17.02 million.

All studio estimates of gross box office receipts are via Box Office Mojo.

"ParaNorman" was third with $14 million; "The Campaign" fourth with $13.385 million; "Sparkle (2012)" fifth with $12 million; "The Dark Knight Rises" sixth with $11.14 million; "The Odd Life of Timothy Green" seventh with $10.909 million; "Hope Springs" eighth with $9.1 million; and "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days" ninth with $3.85 million.

"Total Recall (2012)" was 10th with $3.5 million.


'Hunger Games' passes Potter on Amazon

NEW YORK, D.C., Aug. 19 (UPI) -- The "Hunger Games" is now the all-time best-selling book series on Amazon.com, the U.S. Internet retailer announced.

Amazon said the "Hunger Games" trilogy this month passed the seven-book "Harry Potter" series in combined print and Kindle sales.

"This series is only three books versus Harry Potter's seven, and to achieve this result in just four years is a great testament to both the popularity of the work and, we think, the growth in reading digitally during that time," Sara Nelson, editorial director for Amazon.com said in a written statement.

All three "Hunger Games" books remained in the top 50 of Amazon.com's best selling books in both Kindle and print formats.


Actors LaNasa, Show marry

TOPANGA, Calif., Aug. 19 (UPI) -- Actors Katherine LaNasa and Grant Show exchanged vows in California one month after getting engaged, the couple announced.

"We're so happy we found each other," the couple told People magazine.

"The Campaign" actress and former "Melrose Place" star married Saturday in Topanga, Calif., at The Oak Grove at Ribbit Tree & Plant Nursery, E! News reported.

LaNasa, 45, wore a Naeem Khan gown and Prada shoes, while Show, 50, wore a custom suit by Di Stefano Italian Fashion Group, E! reported. Show gave LaNasa a Solange Azagury-Patridge ring during the rustic ceremony before friends and family.


Minaj cancels due to vocal chord damage

HOLLYWOOD, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- Pop star Nicki Minaj canceled her weekend concerts in England because of vocal chord damage, the singer's publicist said in a statement.

The statement said she "regretfully canceled" her shows at the V Festival on Saturday and Sunday because of "strained vocal chords."

"Despite doctor's orders, she performed on a bruised vocal chord in [New York City] on Aug. 14. As a result, the chord has gotten worse," the statement said.

Meanwhile, Minaj is currently being considered for the open seat on the judges' panel for the 12th season of "American Idol," The Hollywood Reporter reported Saturday.

The fact that Minaj is the new face of Pepsi while rival Coca Cola sponsors the singing contest could cause conflict, an unnamed source close to the show told THR.

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