Weekend box office news… MTV VMAs… Gabby Douglas hospitalized… Beyonce and Blue Ivy’s red carpet look… and Mexican music icon Juan Gabriel dead at 66
The new horror movie “Don’t Breathe” was made for less than $10 million, but it debuted in first place at the box office with $26.1 million. “Suicide Squad” dropped to second with $12.1 million. “Kubo and the Two Strings” landed in third with $7.9 million, followed by “Sausage Party’ with $7.6 million. And the new “Mechanic: Resurrection” rounded out the top five with $7.5 million.
Sprinkled among the performances, they gave out a few Moon Men at the VMAs last night. Rihanna received the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. Best New Artist went to DNCE. Best Male Video went to Calvin Harris featuring Rihanna for “This Is What You Came For.” He couldn’t be there to accept in person but sent a video instead, noticeably failing to thank Taylor Swift for writing the song. Best Female Video went to Beyonce for “Hold Up.” But her “Formation” video ended up winning five Moon Men, including the biggest award of the night — Video of the Year.
Four of the Final Five from the Olympics gymnastics team made it to the VMAs. Gabby Douglas went on Instagram earlier in the day to let her fans know she’d be skipping the awards because she was “out of the hospital & resting comfortably.” But her rep told Page Six that Gabby ended up back in the hospital last night to be “treated for a seriously infected past mouth injury.” The rep said Gabby “continues to have deep swelling and adverse reactions to medications.”
Beyonce pretty much shut down the VMAs with her performance last night, but before she hit the stage, she hit the red carpet with her little girl. Four-year-old Blue Ivy is getting a lot of rave reviews for her red carpet look — a sparkly number by designer Mischka Aoki that retails for just under $11K. She accented her look with a diamond headband and pink hightop sneakers with rhinestone straps.
An icon in Latin American music has passed away. El Divo de Jaurez — Juan Gabriel died of natural causes in Santa Monica yesterday morning. He was 66. Juan Gabriel had just performed at The Forum in LA on Friday night and was scheduled to perform in El Paso Sunday. During his career, Juan Gabriel sold more than 100 million records. He was inducted into Billboard’s Latin Music Hall of Fame in 1996. Many took to social media to express their sadness, including Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto who tweeted, “We lament the death of Juan Gabriel, one of the biggest musical icons of our country. My condolences to his family and friends. A voice and a talent that represented Mexico. His music is a legacy to the world. He left us too soon. May he rest in peace.” Others tweeted, “The death of Gabriel brought up memories of people’s childhood, waking up to his music in the morning.” “Another said, “We lost our Prince, our Bowie, our Elton John. Juan Gabriel broke stereotypes in our community for decades.”