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March 31, 2013 at 3:08 PM   |   Comments

'G.I. Joe' wins battle of the box office

LOS ANGELES, March 31 (UPI) -- "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" was the No. 1 movie at the U.S. box office, grossing an estimated $41.2 million in its opening weekend.

The figure fell considerably short of matching the opening weekend take of "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" -- $54.7 million in 2009 -- Box Office Mojo said.

The animated comedy "The Croods" slipped from the top spot to No. 2 this weekend, taking in $26.5 million, a 39.5 percent drop from its opening weekend gross of $88.6 million.

"Tyler Perry's Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor," opened to an estimated gross of $22.3 million, good for third place, while "Olympus Has Fallen" took fourth with $14 million.

"Oz The Great and Powerful" finished fifth in its fourth week in release, taking in $11.6 million for a cumulative gross of $198.3 million.

"The Host," writer Stephanie Meyer's follow-up to the "Twilight" series, opened at No. 6 with $11 million.

"The Call" ($4.8 million), "Admission" ($3.5 million), "Spring Breakers" ($2.7 million) and "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" ($1.3 million) rounded out the Top 10.


Bieber's monkey confiscated in Munich

MUNICH, Germany, March 31 (UPI) -- Customs officials in Germany seized a capuchin monkey from pop star Justin Bieber because he did not have the proper paperwork, officials said.

The monkey, named Mally, was confiscated at the Munich airport Thursday as Bieber, 19, was going through customs, The Sun, a British newspaper, reported.

The teen idol, who allegedly brought the monkey into Germany illegally on his private jet, was held at the airport for some time while the monkey was being confiscated.

"The animal required a certificate of health and other authorizations," a customs spokesman said. "You cannot just land with a wild animal and bring it into the country if the flight has not originated from another EU country and you don't have the proper paperwork."

Bieber was given a fine of more than $15,000.

TMZ reported that the monkey was a gift from record producer Mally Mall -- who tweeted a picture of Bieber with the monkey this week, with the caption: "OG MALLY FIRST PIC WITH HIS POPS @JUSTINBIEBER."


Signed Beatles album sells for $290,500

DALLAS, March 31 (UPI) -- A mint condition, signed mono copy of the Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" album sold for $290,500 at a Dallas auction house, officials said.

The album, signed by all four members of The Beatles, had been listed at $30,000 before the sale by Heritage Auctions.

The selling price shattered the previous record for an autographed Beatles album -- $150,000 in a private sale for a copy of "Meet the Beatles," The Dallas Morning News reported.

Two bidders -- one on the phone, another on the Internet -- battled it out for the album.

One of the two bidders -- identified only as from the U.S. Midwest -- ended up winning, The Hollywood Reporter said.


Lifetime cancels 'America's Most Wanted'

NEW YORK, March 31 (UPI) -- Lifetime has canceled "America's Most Wanted," effectively ending the reality series after 25 years, TV Guide Magazine reported.

Host John Walsh's production company declined to comment, but is deciding whether to produce the show on another network, TV Guide reported.

Lifetime is looking to stay in business with Walsh and is developing a pilot tentatively named "John Walsh Investigates."

The final episode of "America's Most Wanted" aired Oct. 12 and averaged a low number of viewers -- 807,000, TV Guide said.

The show was launched in 1988 on Fox, and since then, has helped law enforcement capture 1,202 fugitives.

Fox ended the series in 2011, but allowed Walsh to air the show elsewhere, and Lifetime picked it up for its 25th season, airing 44 episodes that resulted in 36 captures.

The show was nominated for an Emmy in 1990 for Outstanding Informational Series and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences presented Walsh with its Governors Award in 2011, saying Walsh "has dedicated his life to the betterment of society, and while doing so has used television in an inventive and extraordinary way."

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