Weekend box office news… Tony Awards recap.. Nick Cannon’s plans for TeenNick… Zayn Malik canceled concert… and Former Voice star Christina Grimmie shot dead
“The Conjuring 2” won the box office this weekend with $40.4 million. “Warcraft” was second with $24.4 million. Nipping at its heels was “Now You See Me 2” with $23 million. “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows” dropped from first to fourth with $14.8 million. And rounding out the top five was “X-Men: Apocalypse” with $10 million.
“Hamilton” won 11 Tony Awards last night, coming up one short of the record for most Tonys. That record still belongs to “The Producers” from 2001. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical about the life of Alexander Hamilton won the biggest award of the night — Best Musical. But it was the man who plays Aaron Burr, Leslie Odom Jr., who won Best Lead Actor in a Musical. In response to the mass shooting in Orlando, when the cast of Hamilton performed “Yorktown,” which is a recreation of the Battle of Yorktown from the American Revolution, they decided not to use prop guns and pantomimed using muskets instead.
70th Annual Tony Awards – “Hamilton”
Did you know that Nick Cannon has been the chairman of TeenNick since 2008?? Apparently, his mission is to bring back the network’s 90s greatness. He told “The Huffington Post,” “I come from that era, so was always like, ‘How can I get the stuff that I used to be on to air on the network?’ So first we create ‘90s Are All That. And then from that, we created The Splat.” The Splat is nothing but throwback Nick shows and it airs all night long. Recently, The Splat gave us an “All That” reunion, and Nick confirms that there will be more “All That” reunions in the very near future.
Zayn Malik canceled his headlining performance at a huge concert in London Saturday night. He tweeted his apology the next day, saying he was overcome by anxiety. Zayn said he flew into London on Friday fully planning to sing, but “unfortunately my anxiety that has haunted me throughout the last few months around live performances has gotten the better of me.” He said he experienced the worst anxiety of his career Saturday night and felt terrible for the fans who’d waited patiently to see him. He said, “I promise I will do my best to make this up to everybody I’ve let down today. I know those who suffer with anxiety will understand and I hope those who don’t can empathize with my situation.”
— zayn (@zaynmalik) June 11, 2016
Christina Grimmie was a rising star who made a name for herself on YouTube and came in third on “The Voice” for Team Adam. She was doing a meet-and-greet for about 120 fans after a performance in Orlando Friday night when a deranged man walked up and shot her. Christina was rushed to the hospital, but unfortunately, she died from her injuries. The gunman was tackled by Christina’s brother, who then turned a gun on himself and committed suicide. Police say Marcus Grimmie’s heroic act most likely saved the lives of others. The man who killed her was 27-year-old Kevin James Loibl of St. Petersburg, Florida. Police are still trying to determine a motive for the shooting.
ORLANDO!! Come out to the show tonight at the Plaza Live! Starts at 7:30!😎 pic.twitter.com/0D4mNupCTi
— Christina Grimmie (@TheRealGrimmie) June 10, 2016