The Mermaid’ Breaks Box-Office Records in China


China anointed a new box-office champion over the weekend after the fantasy romantic comedy “The Mermaid” took in $140 million during its second week in theaters, bringing its total earnings to $418 million.

By Wednesday afternoon, that figure had risen to $441 million since the film’s release at the beginning of the Chinese New Year holiday on Feb. 8, according to ChinaBoxOffice. The previous record, of $381 million, was set by the Chinese family film “Monster Hunt.”

Despite a rather low-profile North American release by Sony Pictures over the weekend, “The Mermaid” registered a relatively strong performance by a Chinese movie stateside as well, pulling in just over $1 million on 35 screens, according to Box Office Mojo.

Coldplay, Bruno and Beyonce bring the love at halftime


Peace, love and revolution.

These were the prevailing themes during Super Bowl 50’s halftime show featuring Coldplay, Bruno Mars and Beyonce.

It all kicked off with a lowkey Chris Martin singing the opening to “Viva la Vida” on his haunches while fans ran around him onto the field.

Once Martin took to the stage, which doubled as a video screen pulsing with a swirl of colorful flowers and sunbursts, he and the band quickly ran through a few hits, including “Adventure of a Lifetime” while Martin jumped as though equipped with a pogo stick.

Young violinists and a psychedelically dressed marching band backed up the Brits.

Adele’s ’25’ Album Back to No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart for Eighth Week


Adele’s 25 returns to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 after a two-week vacation from the top of the list, as it rises 2-1 in its 10th week on the chart.

The album earned 116,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Jan. 28, according to Nielsen Music (down 21 percent).

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new Feb. 13, 2016-dated chart (where Adele returns to at No. 1) will be posted in full to Billboard’s websites on Tuesday, Feb. 2.

In the latest tracking week, 25 sold another 97,000 in pure album sales (down 20 percent), which brings its cumulative sum to 7.94 million in the U.S. It is likely 25 will reach 8 million sold in the next week.