‘Spider-Man’ comes back swinging, takes No. 1 from ‘Scream'

After spending one weekend in second place, “Spider-Man: No Way Home” proved it still had some fight left. Sony’s superhero juggernaut swung back to first place in its sixth weekend in theaters and became the sixth highest grossing film of all time, globally. Studio estimates on Sunday say the film topped the North American charts with $14.1 million. Globally, it’s now grossed nearly $1.7 billion, passing the total earnings of both “Jurassic World” and “The Lion King.” In second place was "Scream," which fell about 59% in its second weekend with an estimated $12.4 million in ticket sales.

Netflix upping US, Canada prices with competition growing

Netflix is raising prices for customers in the U.S. and Canada. The boost comes less than a year and a half since its last price increase, as competition from other streaming services increases. The Los Gatos, California, company said Friday that prices are going up by $1 to $2, depending on the plan. Price increases are becoming more of a regular feature at Netflix, which is facing saturation in the U.S. market. It got an influx of global subscribers during the pandemic, but is investing in video games as it looks beyond movies and TV for growth. 

Final valuation of Prince's estate pegged at $156.4 million

The six-year legal battle over Prince’s estate has ended. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that parties to the pop superstar's estate have pegged the value at $156.4 million. That dwarfs the $82.3 million appraisal by the estate’s administrator, Comerica Bank & Trust. The Internal Revenue Service in 2020 had valued the estate at $163.2 million. The process of distributing the star musician’s wealth could begin in February. Prince died of a fentanyl overdose in 2016. He did not leave a will. The estate will be almost evenly divided between a New York music company and the three oldest of the music icon’s six heirs or their families.

‘Spider-Man’ surpasses $1B globally in second weekend

Even with some mighty competition from new Matrix and Sing movies and rising concerns over the omicron variant, “Spider-Man: No Way Home” stayed in the No. 1 spot, with $81.5 million according to studio estimates Sunday. It also became 2021's top-grossing film and crossed the $1 billion mark globally in just 12 days. Universal’s “Sing 2” came in second place with an estimated $23.8 million, while “The Matrix Resurrections” grossed $12 million to take third place. The Kurt Warner biopic “American Underdog” opened on Christmas and made an estimated $6.2 million in its first two days.

3 members of K-pop sensation BTS diagnosed with COVID-19

Three members of the K-pop superstar group BTS have been infected with the coronavirus after returning from abroad. The group’s management agency says RM and Jin were diagnosed with COVID-19 on Saturday evening, and another member, Suga, tested positive on Friday. All three took their second jabs in August. BTS is a seven-member boyband. According to the agency, Big Hit Music, RM has exhibited no particular symptoms while Jin is showing mild symptoms including light fever and is undergoing self-treatment at home. Suga isn't exhibiting symptoms and is administering self-care at home. All three had traveled abroad on their personal schedule during the band's official time off.  

‘Spidey’ nets 3rd best opening of all time with $253 million

Never underestimate your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, even with a mutating virus afoot. Despite rising concerns over the omicron variant, “Spider-Man: No Way Home” not only shattered pandemic-era box office records; it became the third best opening of all time behind “Avengers: Endgame” and “Avengers: Infinity War.” Studio estimates on Sunday show the Sony and Marvel blockbuster grossed a stunning $253 million in ticket sales from 4,325 North American locations. The web-slinger’s success couldn’t have come sooner for a movie business that has had a rollercoaster 2021 and could be headed for a difficult start to 2022 as omicron variant of the coronavirus forces more and more event cancellations.

Iron Maiden to play two Washington state concerts in 2022

Dave Hogan // Getty ImagesIron Maiden paid homage to the 1968 movie “Where Eagles Dare” with its song of the same name. The lyrics recount the story of the film, set in World War II and starring Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood. The film follows an Allied attempt to rescue an American general captured by the Nazis. The lyrics go:…

MercyMe to perform at the Toyota Center in Kennewick

KENNEWICK, Wash. — An award-winning Christian music group is getting ready to play an arena show in Kennewick, with tickets going on sale tomorrow. The Toyota Center has announced MercyMe will perform live on April 8, 2022, featuring Rend Collective…

Disney’s 'Eternals' tops domestic box office for 2nd weekend

Disney and Marvel’s “Eternals” fell 61% in its second weekend in theaters, but it’s still hanging on to first place ahead of newcomers like “Clifford the Big Red Dog.” Studio estimates Sunday show “Eternals” added $27.5 million over the weekend, bringing its domestic total to $118.8 million. Second place went to “Clifford the Big Red Dog,” which made an estimated $16.4 million from 3,700 theaters over the weekend and $22 million across its five days in release. More and more awards hopefuls are entering the specialty box office as well. This weekend Kenneth Branagh’s semi-autobiographical film “Belfast” made $1.8 million from 580 screens in its debut. 

Climate Pledge Arena ready to get Kraken for hockey debut

The home of Seattle's new NHL team is about ready for its hockey debut on Saturday night when the Kraken host the Vancouver Canucks. The arena will have its first official event Friday night when Coldplay performs and it also hosted a benefit concert featuring Foo Fighters. The arena project started nearly five years ago when Oak View Group was selected by the city of Seattle to renovate the original Seattle Center Coliseum. The final cost of the project is expected to exceed $1 billion.

Luke Bryan to host 55th Annual CMA Awards on ABC

Luke Bryan will host his first CMA Awards as the 55th annual show takes place on ABC on November 10. Country music's biggest night will feature one of their biggest stars in Bryan, who is a two-time CMA Entertainer of…

Netflix head reiterates support for Dave Chappelle special in email to staff

Netflix head Ted Sarandos has reiterated his support for Dave Chappelle and the comic's controversial stand-up special, "The Closer" in an email to company staff.In the email dated Monday and obtained by Variety, the co-chief executive officer responded to the…