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Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Kendall Jenner, Jessica Chastain, Kanye West & More Cover Vogue Japan With Riccardo Tisci


              Kendall Jenner, Jessica Chastain, Kanye West & More Cover Vogue Japan With Riccardo Tisci
One is a teen selfie superstar. The other is an Oscar-nominated, Julliard-trained actress in her 30’s. But Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci has brought them together, and now it’s kind of everything.
Meet the new Givenchy Gang, a crush of cool that puts Kendall Jenner and Jessica Chastain side-by-side in avant garde couture. The clique appears on Vogue Japan’s new cover, and also includes bombshell Joan Smalls, model-musician Jamie Bochert, Prada muse Mica Arganaraz, and Tisci’s eternal BFF, Kanye West.
The cover comes on the heels of Tisci’s hashtag-happy Instagram posts, which give current campaign and look book stars like Candice Swanepoel, Vanessa Moody, and Mariacarla Boscono the ultimate compliment: #family. Tisci also named Donatella Versace as a future Givenchy face in April, though so far, no ads have emerged.
And Ms. Jenner’s not the only member of Givenchy’s ever-growing style squad with reality TV roots: its newest member is Kozue Akimoto, who’s big in Japan thanks to the MTV Asia show Shibuhara Girls (Think The Hills, set in Tokyo…)
You can see more of the Givenchy Gang and all their hashtag glory on—where else?—the Internet. Kim K has already posted her approval.

Kendall and Kylie's Swimwear


• On Sunday, Kendall Jenner, Kylie Jenner and friend Lauren Perez posted poolside pictures of themselves all wearing the same striped swimsuit (see below). Perez (middle) even commented on Instagram that this Jenner-sandwich is her "favorite kind of sandwich," which makes sense, seeing as metaphorical sandwiches look to be the only kinds of sandwiches these girls have ever known. Wait 'til they try a Cubano! 

READ: Kendall Jenner's Supermodel-Body Secret
• Speaking of pool parties, there's only one thing that could make the Jenners' even more exciting — no, not more than three people (although that would help). We're talking about cocktails! Watch the video above to learn how to prepare the Clover Club, the most fitting summertime beverage for pool parties of any size.

Monday, 22 June 2015

How Taylor Swift Convinced Apple to Pay Independent Artists


How Taylor Swift Convinced Apple to Pay Independent Artists

Taylor Swift, the musician who’s just as famous for her disagreements with music streaming companies as she is her long list of spurned lovers, has finally offered her opinion on Apple Music. 
Two weeks after Apple released its new $10-a-month streaming service, the pop star wrote the company a public letter on her Tumblr, explaining why she’s withholding her latest album,1989, from the subscription-based platform.
Per the post, which went up Sunday morning:
“I’m sure you are aware that Apple Music will be offering a free 3 month trial to anyone who signs up for the service. I’m not sure you know that Apple Music will not be paying writers, producers, or artists for those three months. I find it to be shocking, disappointing, and completely unlike this historically progressive and generous company.”
She went on, explaining that her decision was meant to be a signal of support for young, struggling musicians. 
“These are not the complaints of a spoiled, petulant child. These are the echoed sentiments of every artist, writer and producer in my social circles who are afraid to speak up publicly because we admire and respect Apple so much. We simply do not respect this particular call.I realize that Apple is working towards a goal of paid streaming. I think that is beautiful progress. We know how astronomically successful Apple has been and we know that this incredible company has the money to pay artists, writers and producers for the 3 month trial period… even if it is free for the fans trying it out.
Three months is a long time to go unpaid, and it is unfair to ask anyone to work for nothing. I say this with love, reverence, and admiration for everything else Apple has done. I hope that soon I can join them in the progression towards a streaming model that seems fair to those who create this music. I think this could be the platform that gets it right.
But I say to Apple with all due respect, it’s not too late to change this policy and change the minds of those in the music industry who will be deeply and gravely affected by this. We don’t ask you for free iPhones. Please don’t ask us to provide you with our music for no compensation.” 
Swift made headlines last November when she pulled her entire catalog from the subscription-based streaming service, Spotify. (Her explanation then was that she wasn’t willing to contribute her life’s work to an experiment). The CEO Daniel Ek fired back, mentioning that Swift was on track to make $6 million in royalties from her contract with the company. 
Swift’s sparring with Internet companies is not limited to the music industry. In February of this year, the cat-lover’s lawyers sent at least one cease-and-desist letter to an Etsy store owner for selling merchandise that contained her recently trademarked song lyrics. 

Britney Spears Flashes Insane Bikini Body While Hanging With Her 'Louisiana Boy'!


Britney Spears has clearly been hitting it hard at the gym.
The "Work B**ch" singer shared a pic with her 4.8 million Instagram followers on Sunday that showcased her fit physique. Donning a yellow string bikini top, Spears has never looked happier posing next to her beau Charlie Ebersol, 32.
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Britney Spears Flashes Insane Bikini Body While Hanging With Her 'Louisiana Boy'!
"So nice to be home!" the 33-year-old pop star wrote. "Nothing like Louisiana boys."
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This past December, Spears shared some of her workout secrets toWomen's Health. "I start with 20 minutes of intense cardio -- usually running -- move on to light free weights, body-weight exercises such as push-ups, squats and sit-ups, then finish it off with a stretch," she said, adding that dancing "is a great cardio workout."

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Is Miley Cyrus Dating Victoria's Secret Model Stella Maxwell?


From the looks of her Instagram, Miley Cyrus might have found a gorgeous new girlfriend.
The New York Daily News reports that the 22-year-old singer is dating Victoria's Secret model Stella Maxwell. "They hold hands and hug and are very comfortable together. They're definitely together," a source tells the NYDN. The 24-year-old model, who originally hails from New Zealand, recently told V magazine that the two met through Miley's close friend/assistant Cheyne Thomas.
Though Miley has yet to comment on the rumors, a look at both Miley and Stella's Instagam accounts does show the two appear very close. Miley even joked about having a baby with Stella earlier this month.
"@stellamaxwell & me with our future mini mc bb," she wrote alongside a Photoshopped pic of the two.
Is Miley Cyrus Dating Victoria's Secret Model Stella Maxwell?
Stella referred to Miley and her dogs as her "babies."

The two have been spending time together since March, with Stella telling V that the pair went to the South by Southwest Festival in Austin together, then later took a trip to Las Vegas.  Miley split with her ex, Patrick Schwarzenegger, in April.




The statuesque model also attended Miley's performance at the Adult Swim Upfront Party in New York City last month, and judging by this Instagram pic, helped Cheyne nurse Miley back to health following her wisdom tooth surgery in March.

Lady Gaga Wears Black Leather Bra and Underwear on the Songwriters Hall of Fame Red Carpet


Lady Gaga

We've always known Lady Gaga was basically born an icon, but now she's got the official award to prove it. 
During last night's Songwriters Hall of Fame 46th Annual Induction and Awards gala in New York City, Mother Monster accepted the inaugural Contemporary Icon Award for her unforgettable contributions to pop culture. It's about time right?!
Like always, the "Applause" singer slayed the red carpet in a cropped Hugh Hefner-esque red velvet robe draped over a sexy black leather bra and underwear set. The super star accessorized her nearly naked ensemble with rhinestoned sun glasses, edgy fishnets and buckled platform boots. 
Before the awards ceremony started, Gaga posted a selfie on Instagram with the caption, "Being a songwriter is first and foremost how I identify in life. Tonight's Award means a lot to me."
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Before accepting the award, Gaga paid tribute to one of her own idols, Linda Perry, who was joined by music legends like Cyndi Lauper and Toby Keith in the official induction, with a performance of the karaoke classic "What's Up."
"The song I just performed changed my life a million times over—over and over again, not just once in my life, many times I go and revisit it. Isn't that what a f---ing hit song is all about?" Gaga said of Perry's '90s anthem. 
 The former 4 Non Blondes front woman then sang her own rendition of Gaga's "Bad Romance," before handing it off to Tony Bennett to present Gaga with the accolade. 
Taylor Kinney's leading lady later reflected on the evening on Instagram. 
"The Songwriter's Hall Of Fame Contemporary Icon award. This has to be my favorite award I've ever gotten. I still remember dragging my keyboard up the stair of my walk up to play songwriter showcases and apply to be in songwriting forums where I could play my music for other artists and we'd critique each other. I was 15 then. I'm 29 now. In my head this is how I planned it, following all the roads I thought were right. But i'm not sure I thought about what I'd do if I never made it. Cuz I'd forever be trying," Gaga wrote. 

Taylor Swift Called Boyfriend Calvin Harris What? Find Out What One of Her Fans Said


Taylor Swift, Calvin Harris

Taylor Swift appears to be just as smitten with new boyfriend Calvin Harris as he is of her!
Alex, a radio personality at 99.7 DJX in Louisville, Kentucky and a huge Swift fan wrote on her Tumblr blog earlier this month that she met the pop star and told her, "We love Calvin. We approve. We're so happy for you."
Swift, the fan said, thanked her and then replied, "He IS great, isn't he?" 
The singer and Harris bumped into each other at the 2015 Brit Awards in London in February and sparked romance rumors over the next few months. They then showed sweet PDA at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards in May. Fellow pop star Ellie Goulding set them up.
"Calvin is a really great mate and he's so fantastic and Taylor is such a cool person who I love," she told The Sun. "I thought, 'They're both really awesome and both really tall, they'll be brilliant together.'"
Swift is currently on the road on her 1989 world tour. She has brought up on stage several of her famous pals, namely her co-stars from her "Bad Blood" music video, such as Cara DelevingneGigi Hadid and Martha Hunt. And it seems another celebrity, who isn't in the singer's powerful clique of besties but has appeared with her onstage before, wants in on the action.
"She is great," Justin Bieber tweeted on Thursday. Might be time to make things right and hit the stage together again ;)
Swift had brought Bieber onstage at one of her concerts in 2011.

Hilaria Baldwin Proudly Snaps Post-Baby Underwear Selfie Two Days After Giving Birth

Alec Baldwin and Wife Welcome Son Rafael

Posing in front of a mirror in nothing but a lace bra and black briefs, theExtra correspondent put one hand on her belly and used the other to snap the photo.
"Update on us...Rafael is doing wonderfully!" the radiant second-time mom wrote in the accompanying caption. "He is two days old now. Such a sweet little boy. I'm feeling well, been up with him every hour to two hours."
She went on to explain the picture, which she took while still in the hospital. "I have been planning on doing post belly photos but didn't know if I was gonna have the guts to actually follow through," she admitted.
"I hope you understand my intention here: I believe it is important to accept and love our form after going through a bit of battle bringing life into this world," she continued. "Deep breath, here we go...all the way from my glamorous hospital bathroom. #ShrinkingBaldwinBabyBump #NoShame #LoveYourBody"
The photo was met with support from the fitness fanatic's followers, who praised her as "brave" for "being honest about post-baby bodies." Many also thanked her for sharing such a positive message, calling her "beautiful" and "amazing."
As previously reported, Hilaria gave birth to Rafael on June 17. He joins big sister Carmen, 21 months, and Alec's daughter Ireland Baldwin, 19, from his marriage to Kim Basinger.

NEW COUPLE ALERT? MARIAH CAREY SPOTTED HOLDING HANDS WITH A BILLIONAIRE


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mariah Carey may be off the market, again.
The 45-year-old songstress was spotted in Capri, Italy, holding hands with Australian billionaire, James Packer.
The two, have reportedly been staying on Packer’s yacht in Cannes and St. Tropez. Packer, who happens to be worth $4.7 billion and the fourth wealthiest person in Australia, has been pursuing Mimi for the last few months.
Multiple reports have emerged the new couple. However, this is the first public outing for Mariah and James.
Mariah and her ex-husband Nick Cannon filed for divorce 7 months ago.
Well, go head Mariah! Live your life and have some fun!

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Kendall Jenner and Hailey Baldwin Think They're Way ''Too Cool'' for You—See the Proof!


Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, Instagram

No, you can't sit with them.
BFFs Kendall Jenner and Hailey Baldwin reunited yesterday in New York City and posted several photos from their hang out on Instagram.
In one group shot of the leggy ladies with Harry Hudson—along with another man who appears to be Hailey's famous dad Stephen Baldwin—Kendall is seen flipping the camera the bird.
And as if the picture wasn't proof enough that these guys aren't welcoming justanyone into their clique, Kendall captioned the photo, "Late night. Too cool."
Alright, guys. She's probably being sarcastic. We get it. But still…
The fearsome foursome also met up with Jaden Smith earlier, according to Hailey's social media, and the group wandered around the concrete jungle and doing things other New Yorkers try to do—like hailing cabs—except, like, infinitely more glamorous.
And speaking of glamorous, when the famous crew couldn't catch transportation to get to their destination of choice, the men came rushing in to do some of the hard work.
Case in point? Jaden and Harry are seen literally carrying Hailey around town in a separate snapshot that the blonde beauty posted earlier today.
Now that's what we call a helping hand!

“Bitch I’m Madonna” Is a Standard Moschino Rave


It’s here! After Madge’s cryptic social media announcement about the release of her “Bitch I’m Madonna” music video, the much-anticipated project is officially on the interwebs (or Tidal, to be precise). In true Madonna form, it’s a total spectacular. Although different from her sexy matador “Living for Love,” it’s not a far cry from her sartorial choices IRL…because it’s practically a Jeremy Scott for Moschino fashion show in cinematic form. 
In line with the rave-like setting (filmed at the oh-so-trendy Standard Hotel in New York City), she’s dressed in a tight cheetah print dress and bright pink leather jacket completely covered with gold studs. There are hot pink tips added to her blonde tresses, making it even more difficult to believe that the songstress is 56 years old young.
“Bitch I’m Madonna” Is a Standard Moschino Rave 
The Queen of Pop has been teasing us all with Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, and Rita Ora cameos on her social media — and what a tease it was! For one, the roster of cameos far surpassed the six singers. Sock puppets, break-dancers, and too-cute-for-word girls that look just like Madonna circa the ‘80s (bows, pearls, lace and all) make appearances. So do Diplo, Chris Rock, John Kortajarena (a male model and Tom Ford’s muse), Alexander Wang, and Kanye West. (Ohhh, Tidal, how we love thee!
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Many believed Madonna was following in Taylor Swift’s footsteps by enlisting a songstress squad, but this video was nothing like the never ending girl gang of “Bad Blood.” There was a flash of Miley Cyrus—seriously, just enough time for her to flip a middle finger and stick out her tongue—two seconds of Katy Perry, and the same (if not less) for BeyoncĂ©. 
Even better, Nicki Minaj, who rocked pink hair and bondage gear, rapped next to Madonna…on a flat screen. Now we know it’s no easy task being in the presence of her royal Madgesty. But if Kanye could do it, Minaj, who couldn’t you? 
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Miley Cyrus Met Her amfAR Agender Date Tyler Ford Through Ariana Grande


Turns out Miley Cyrus' date to the amfAR Inspiration Gala Tuesday night, 24-year-old poet and photographer Tyler Ford, is also good friends with another pop diva -- Ariana Grande!
ET sat down with Tyler -- who identifies as agender and prefers to use the pronouns "they" and "them" -- on Wednesday, when Tyler dished on first meeting Miley.
"The way that I met Miley is through my best friend Ariana Grande," Tyler revealed, also sharing that they met at one of the 22-year-old "Wrecking Ball" singer's Happy Hippie Foundation events. "She introduced me to Miley, like, 'Yo, this is my friend Tyler, they are a writer, they are trans, and they are happy about what you are doing,' and Miley was super excited about that."
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Miley Cyrus Met Her amfAR Agender Date Tyler Ford Through Ariana Grande
Tyler explained to ET what being agender means.
"Aagender is genderless or having no gender," Tyler said. "It's pretty simple. I don't identify with a gender. I think I am who I am. I'm a person and that's enough ... It's not an uncommon thing, it's just something that hasn't been addressed in the media until as of late, but I'm definitely not the only one."
Clearly, Tyler has plenty of respect for Miley, who's been outspoken about her support for the LGBTQ community.
"I think what inspires me most about Miley is that she is so honest and is truly supportive, like, she is a truly supportive friend which was why it was such an honor for me to introduce her and to speak about her," Tyler gushed about last night's star-studded gala. "She is so genuine and really wants to share our stories, like, if you look at her Instagram it's all me right now! Which is just amazing that I get to share my story with such a huge audience, and educate people, and just be myself and just be accepted for being myself."

If there's one thing that comes out of the entire experience, Tyler hopes for more awareness for the injustices trans and queer people face.
"I hope that people will continue to speak out and speak up about the injustices that trans people face, that queer people face, that people living with HIV and AIDS face, and I really hope that this just gets the dialogue going and gets more people talking and more people educated," Tyler said. " ... Spreading not only awareness, but acceptance of just loving people for who they are."
Last month, Miley clarified that she "doesn't like labels" when speaking about her sexuality. "I am ready to love anyone that loves me for who I am!" she said in a Facebook Q&A with fans. "I am open.

Taylor Swift Wore a Harness to a Lunch Date With Selena Gomez – Because She's Always Ready for Adventure!


Taylor Swift is always showing off her fun, splashy styles, but on Tuesday she rocked a new look that was a little edgier than the “Blank Space” singer is known for.
Taylor and her bestie Selena Gomez went out for a girls’ lunch at Lucques restaurant in Los Angeles, and Gomez dressed for the summer heat by showing off her midriff in a blue button-down tied at the waist and a pair of white leggings.
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Meanwhile, Taylor looked combat-ready in a pair of army green short shorts, a black T-shirt reading “THIS IS MY FIGHT SONG” – a line from Rachel Platten’s “Fight Song” – and a somewhat bizarre leather strap harness.
Taylor Swift Wore a Harness to a Lunch Date With Selena Gomez – Because She's Always Ready for Adventure!
The 25-year-old 1989 singer wasn’t strapped into a particularly stylish parachute or anything of that sort – the harness was simply a fashion choice. Or maybe she was expecting an insanely exciting day with her BFF that would require her to hold on tight… to herself.
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Actually, that might not be too far off. Taylor later took to Tumblr to respond to people asking why she was wearing a harness – some accused her of wearing it backwards – and she basically made everyone feel bad for ever questioning her decisions.
“I think you’re ignoring a really important point here… That my harness and I are always ready for a zip line/rock climbing,” the seven-time GRAMMY winner wrote. “Ask yourself.. Are you ready for extreme adventure should it present itself? HARNESS LIFE 2015.”
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Now don’t you feel silly? Go buy yourself a harness in case you need to zip line to work next week.
Although no zip lining went down on the stars’ lunch date, an eyewitness tells ET that the dynamic duo, who arrived at the restaurant together, dined for an hour and a half before sneaking out the back with their two bodyguards. But still, Taylor was ready for any adventure that might go down.

Beyonce, Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj Declare 'B**ch I'm Madonna' in Star-Studded New Video


Madonna hosts the most A-list dance party of all time in her new, fast-paced music video for "B**ch I'm Madonna."
Boasting nearly as many stars as Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood," the video appears to be filmed in a single take as the 56-year-old icon runs into all her famous friends and family as she moves around the Standard High Line hotel in New York City.
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Beyonce, Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj Declare 'B**ch I'm Madonna' in Star-Studded New Video
From her 2012 Super Bowl collaborator Nicki Minaj to Swift's frenemy Katy Perry, the only question when viewing this video is: Who isn't in it?!
Madonna debuted the video on Tidal on Wednesday and while the music service's founder Jay Z doesn't croon the title lyrics," his leading lady Beyonce during a quick cameo.
Here's a look at all the stars, sons and glow-in-the-dark puppets that are featured in the video, in order of appearance.
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"B**ch I'm Madonna" begins with a few girls dressed as '80s Madonna lip-synching to the song.
Rita Ora then shows up.
Chris Rock pops into frame in front of her.

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Miley Cyrus brings agender date to amfAR gala


                     
NEW YORK (AP) — Miley Cyrus and late-night talk show host Andy Cohen were recognized Tuesday in New York at amfAR's sixth annual Inspiration Gala for their work in the fight against AIDS.
"It's really fun to be in the company of Miley Cyrus," said Cohen, the host of Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live." ''Our names have never been spoken in the same sentence so I'm honored tonight. She's an original and she's a fighter and she speaks to a whole, new generation."
The 22-year-old Cyrus is an outspoken advocate for the LGBTQ community and has said she has had relationships with men and women.
She's also launched a new campaign on Instagram where she posts photos of people across the gender spectrum. She brands the photos with the hashtag #InstaPride.
Transgender model Andreja Pejic applauded Cyrus for her work.
"I think she is using her celebrity in a positive way and to ... create some change," Pejic said. "It's nice to see and I don't think a lot of celebrities do that. ... She's a very genuine person and you can definitely see that she's very excited for this opportunity and the charity and so it's really amazing to see."
Cyrus arrived at the red carpet with photographer, poet and former contestant on Oxygen's "The Glee Project," Tyler Ford. She posted a photo of Ford on Instagram prior to the event saying, "Tyler is a queer, biracial, agender person, whose pronouns are they/them/theirs."
The Inspiration Gala included a runway show, awards presentation and performance by Mary J. Blige.
amFAR is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the support of AIDS research and HIV prevention and education.
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Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Lindsay Lohan Is Back With Another Fashion Collaboration


Lindsay Lohan Is Back With Another Fashion Collaboration

Lindsay Lohan models a LINDSAY LOHAN X LAVISH ALICE black suede fringe minidress.
Lindsay Lohan’s been lying low of late (mostly spending her time completing court-mandated volunteer hours and shilling diet products on her Instagram account), but on Monday she revealed a new fashion collaboration with British brand Lavish Alice. The 19-piece collection features sleek items such as striped capes with matching shorts, along with fringed and tasseled tops and bottoms. 
You’ve gotta give it up for Lindsay, who continues to try to make fetch happen, holding on to that “designer” moniker despite the fact that it almost always results in catastrophe. Take, for example, Lohan’s collection for Ungaro in spring 2010 or her line of leggings with knee pads. And, as much as it pains us, we’ll give it to her: the Lavish Alice offerings are definitely some of her less offensive work, and we actually really love the knitted bell-bottoms and matching top — very Marc Jacobs fall 2014! Yet there are still weird things, like extra-long tasseled shorts and all-over fringed trousers that look like a costume straight out of Where the Wild Things Are
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A tasseled jacket from Lohan’s collaboration with Lavish Alice.
Still, we have to wonder, who is buying this stuff because Lindsay designs it? She hasn’t done a movie since 2013′s The Canyons, and she hasn’t done a good movie since Mean Girls in 2004! But as long as she’s living a healthy life and not running people over in her car or whatever, then we’re all for her commercial endeavors. Actually, now that we think about it, that Super Bowl commercial where she’s a “sorta mom”was really funny. Come back to comedy life, Lindz!

Revised Box-Office Figures Give 'Jurassic World' Biggest Opening of all Time, Topping 'The Avengers'


Revised Box-Office Figures Give 'Jurassic World' Biggest Opening of all Time, Topping 'The Avengers'

Jurassic World now holds the record for the biggest opening in movie history.
The final numbers are still being tallied, but the dinosaur thriller has inched past The Avengers to become top dog on the all-time list, with a debut of roughly $209 million, according to insiders. The superhero blockbuster was the previous record holder with a $207.4 million bow. Universal initially estimated that Jurassic World would open to $204.6 million, but the adventure film had a stronger than anticipated Sunday.
It had some stiff competition for audience attention on Sunday night — both Game 5 of the NBA Finals and the season finale of HBO’s Game of Thrones generated a great deal of buzz that could have cut into ticket sales. Box office analysts say that moviegoers may have opted to check out the film on Sunday after hearing about its monster opening in order to be part of the conversation.
“It inspires people to go to the movie theater,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Rentrak. “Everybody gets caught up in it.”
Legendary co-financed the sequel, which cost $150 million to produce. Colin Trevorrow directed Jurassic World, with Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard playing the leads.
Universal debuted the film in 4,274 theaters, the widest release in studio history. Heading into the weekend most analysts predicted that Jurassic World would kick off with between $125 million and $135 million. BoxOffice.com Chief Analyst Phil Contrino said that Jurassic World’s over-performance is analogous the recent monster openings ofGuardians of the Galaxy and American Sniper that dwarfed estimates on the strength of audiences’ reactions.
“This was off the charts big in terms of how it broke out and became must see really fast,” said Contrino. “This is a movie that benefited from a new era of Thursday evening shows, which helped spread a very enthusiastic word of mouth.”
Globally, Jurassic World became the first movie to cross $500 million in a single weekend. It debuted to a massive $100 million in China and opened in first place in all 66 international territories where the film was released. Based on that performance, Contrino said the film will cross the $1 billion mark “without even blinking.”