Weekend box office news… A storm postponed The Backstreet Boys show… Kelly Clarkson has recorded her pilot… Nicki Minaj’s album debuted 2nd… and Nick Jonas & Priyanka Chopra’s engagement party
“Crazy Rich Asians” opened this weekend with $25.3 million, making it the number one movie in the country. And as everyone associated with this movie has said, this is not just a movie for an Asian audience. As far as the audience demographics, Warner Bros. says 41% were white, 38% were Asian, 11% were Latino, and 6% were African American. Coming in second place this weekend was “The Meg” with $21.1 million, followed by Mark Wahlberg’s “Mile 22” with $13.6 million.
— Rotten Tomatoes (@RottenTomatoes) August 20, 2018
The Backstreet Boys were getting ready to hit the stage for their sold-out show at the Winstar World Casino in Oklahoma Saturday night when this storm kicked up out of nowhere. The casino staff told everyone to seek shelter, but about 150 people waiting in line decided it wasn’t worth giving up their spot and stayed outside. Winds estimated to be up to 80mph caused a large covered area to collapse, injuring at least 14 people. They were taken to the hospital for treatment. The Backstreet Boys decided it would be best to cancel the show. All of the guys tweeted their disappointment, but told everyone to hold on to their tickets because Backstreet will be back, ALL RIGHT!!
We never want to put our fans in harm's way and with tonight’s weather and the injuries from earlier, we have decided to cancel the show and will attempt to reschedule. The most important thing is for everyone to get home safely and we will see you all very soon!
— backstreetboys (@backstreetboys) August 19, 2018
Kelly Clarkson has recorded her pilot for a new TV talk show that’s going to be pitched to different networks. A source says her style is going to be less like Oprah and more like Kelly Ripa. Kelly’s taping reportedly lasted 4.5 hours and she cried at least three times while interviewing real people. The source says if her show gets picked up — and OF COURSE it will! — Kelly wants to start each show with karaoke. The song she did for the pilot was Cardi B’s “I Like It.”
— TMZ (@TMZ) August 18, 2018
Nicki Minaj’s new album “Queen” debuted in second place, held off by Travis Scott whose “Astroworld” held onto the top spot for a second week. Nicki is peeved. She thinks the only reason Travis beat her is because of Kylie Jenner. She posted a screenshot of Kylie’s post about “Astroworld,” and said, “Travis sold over 50k of these. With no requirement of redeeming the album! With no dates for a tour, etc. I spoke to him. He knows he doesn’t have the #1 album this week. I love my fans for the #1 album in AMERICA! I’ll explain on #QueenRadio 4 albums in, #1 in 86 countries.” But she couldn’t let it go there. She added a few tweets later, “I put my blood sweat & tears into writing a dope album only for Travis Scott to have Kylie Jenner post a tour pass telling ppl to come see her & Stormi. lol. Im actually laughing. #Queen broke the record of being number 1 in 86 countries. Thank Jesus & thank you to my fans.” Apparently after getting some backlash, Nicki tweeted, “People are calling me thinking I’m huffing & puffing. Omg y’all this is sarcasm/dry humor. Yikes. I’m having the most iconNIC time. Come let me kiss you….”
— Complex Music (@ComplexMusic) August 19, 2018
Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas are loving hard and fast! They apparently met at the Met Gala in 2017, but Priyanka said they weren’t dating. They both just happened to be seated at Ralph Lauren’s table so they modeled his clothes and walked the red carpet together. But something must’ve been brewing behind the scenes because suddenly they were together non-stop over Memorial Day weekend and then in July, he proposed! Nick and Priyanka flew to India last week so their parents could meet for the first time. They got engaged (again) in a traditional Indian ceremony Saturday, and they used the occasion to officially announce their engagement on social media.