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Manila to host four ONE events in 2018

By on January 19, 2020

first_imgSteam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours FILE – ONE Championship: Kings of Destiny at Mall of Asia Arena last April 21. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPouncing on the mixed martial arts boom in the country, ONE Championship is set to stage four events in the Philippines next year.ONE Championship chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong bared the development on Thursday as the Asia’s biggest mixed martial arts promotion announced its full 2018 calendar.ADVERTISEMENT How to help the Taal evacuees View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scenecenter_img Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Four of ONE’s 24 fightcards next year will be held in Manila after hosting two events in 2017.“We have 24 massive shows planned for all sports fans in Asia and will continue to showcase the absolute best in martial arts, delivered by our homegrown martial arts superheroes. 2018 is going to be an epic year of action and I can’t wait to get things started,” Sityodtong said in a statement.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogONE events in Manila will be on January 26, April 20, July 28, and November 16, with the venues still yet to be announced.The promotion will stage one more event in the country this year, with ONE: Legends of the World set on November 10 at Mall of Asia Arena. /je In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide DAY6 is for everybody Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Floyd Mayweather flaunts new $26M mansion in Beverly Hillslast_img read more

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Thunder thump Cavs, keep LeBron shy of 30,000 points

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first_imgView comments Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Oklahoma City Thunder’s Paul George (13) shoots over Cleveland Cavaliers’ Jeff Green (32) in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Cleveland. The Thunder won 148-124. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND — LeBron James came up just short of 30,000 points.Oklahoma City nearly got there, too.ADVERTISEMENT It’s gotten so bad, so quickly that coach Tyronn Lue’s job could be at stake.“I would hope not, but I really don’t know,” James said when asked if Lue could be fired. “I don’t know what’s going to happen with our team. I have no idea what conversations have been going on. Me personally, I’ve been trying to stay as laser-sharp as I can to keep my guys ready to go out and play.“Obviously, it hasn’t resulted in wins, but I got to stay as fresh mentally as much I can with the struggles. I can’t worry about job securities and trades and things of that nature. I just stay as focused as I can every night to go out and compete and try to help us win ballgames.”James finished with 18 points and remains seven shy of becoming the seventh player in NBA history to reach the 30,000-point plateau. His next chance is Tuesday when the Cavs visit San Antonio.James entered the fourth quarter within reach of 30,000. But after he missed two shots, James was replaced with 6:37 remaining and the Cavs trailing 128-101. The 33-year-old hoped to make history in front of his home fans and family, but it wasn’t to be.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina James will eventually get to 30,000 and join Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387 points), Karl Malone (36,928), Kobe Bryant (33,643), Michael Jordan (32,292), Wilt Chamberlain (31,419) and Dirk Nowitzki (30,808) on the select list.The Thunder didn’t want to be props in a ceremony for James.“I was hopeful it took two games for him to get that,” George said. “I’ve been part of a lot of those baskets he’s had. That’s an achievement or a milestone I didn’t want to be a part of.”Oklahoma City center Steven Adams scored 25 points on 12-of-13 shooting, and the Thunder’s starters combined for 121 points as the Cavs were unable to do anything defensively.That’s been a major problem all season with the league’s oldest team.“We gotta go back to the drawing board on that end,” said Isaiah Thomas, who finished with a season-high 24 points but was exposed on the defensive end. “As players, we gotta take pride in defense. We gotta take pride in getting stops as a group collectively.”The Thunder had their way with Cleveland in the first half. They scored 76 — the most given up in any half by the Cavs this season — and took the air out of the Quicken Loans Arena crowd. Before the second half began, the arena’s in-game emcee told the fans, “The first half is over. Forget about it.”That was impossible as the Thunder extended their lead to 24 when Anthony drained a 3-pointer from the top of the key, sapping whatever energy Clevelanders had left.The Cavs made one last push with James making a layup to cut the lead to 12. But Oklahoma City didn’t let up and eventually pushed the lead to 31.30K CLUB Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ When he reaches 30,000 points, James will be the youngest player to do so, but it wasn’t by design.“It’s never been a chase,” he said. “I don’t chase points. I don’t chase anything when it comes to scoring. When I get it, I get it and that’s how I’ve gotten to this point in my career. The disappointing thing is that we lost, so it doesn’t matter.”TIP-INSThunder: G Andre Roberson played his second game after missing eight with left patellar tendinitis. He had a forgettable six-second span, missing four straight free throws and committing a foul. … Coach Billy Donovan first watched James play as a high school sophomore, when he stood out more than others. “In seeing him at that age you see a lot of times young kids that are sophomores with his ability — maybe not all of his ability — but you see talented players,” Donovan said. “They never get better. A lot of times it’s difficult to get better because there’s such a microscope. The thing that’s amazing to me is he’s had a lot of attention on him and a very, very young age and he always got better.”Cavaliers: C Kevin Love played only three minutes before leaving with an unspecified illness. … With the Feb. 8 trade deadline approaching, there is growing speculation that Cleveland will make a deal — or two — to improve the league’s oldest roster. Lue doesn’t necessarily believe change is essential. “I like the group that we have,” he said. “We just haven’t been healthy the whole year. I’m just focused on coaching the guys that we have.”UP NEXTThunder: Host Brooklyn on Tuesday.Cavaliers: At San Antonio on Tuesday. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers01:44SEA Games: Philippines thumps Malaysia in ice hockey opener00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Unable to stop Paul George, Russell Westbrook or Carmelo Anthony, the Cavaliers were embarrassed 148-124 on Saturday by the Thunder, who not only rolled to their fourth straight win but kept James shy of a historic milestone.George scored 36 points, Westbrook had 23 and 20 assists and Anthony dropped a season-high 29 points as the Thunder tied the record for the most points given up by a Cleveland team in a regulation game. Philadelphia scored 148 on the Cavs back in 1972.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“I’ve never in my basketball life gave up 148 points, not even probably playing video games,” James said. “They got everything that they wanted. Inside, outside, they had it moving.”A roller-coaster season in Cleveland is on a steady, accelerating descent. The Cavaliers have lost 10 of 14, and in the past 12 days, the three-time defending Eastern Conference champions have been blown out by 28, 34 and 24 points. 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Rank to be laid to rest today

By on January 17, 2020

first_imgDrowned TSU officerThe funeral of the 22-year-old Constable attached to the Guyana Police Force’s Tactical Services Unit (TSU) who drowned in the Potaro River, will take place today.Dead: Special Constable Akeem HylesAccording to Police Public Relations Officer Ivelaw Whittaker, the body of Special Constable 14536 Akeem Hyles will be at his mother’s residence at Lot 41 Stanleytown, New Amsterdam, Berbice, for viewing from 11:00h to 13:00h.The family will then move to the Faith Revival Tabernacle Church at Asylum Street, New Amsterdam, for the funeral service from 13:30h and internment at the Stanleytown Cemetery.Constable Hyles lost his life while on duty in the Potaro River on April 8. He was travelling in a boat in the Potaro River, Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) when the vessel capsized in the Amatuk Falls area.Reports revealed that Hyles was in the boat with other Police ranks, members of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) and representatives of the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) heading to conduct raids on illegal mining camps in the area during which the boat came into contact with the rough terrain and subsequently capsized.The 22-year-old officer had departed the Ogle Airport that said morning along with the other members of the Joint Services, who were dispatched to assist the GGMC officials in dealing with illegal mining that was being carried out in the Kaieteur National Park area.last_img read more

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Weber St. goes from worst to first

By on January 11, 2020

first_imgThe Blue Devils (21-11) won their third NEC championship in the last seven years, and will be the only school from Connecticut in the NCAA Tournament this season. The University of Connecticut (17-14) lost Wednesday in the opening round of the Big East Tournament and will miss the NCAAs for the first time since 2001. Central Connecticut ran away with the Northeast Conference regular-season championship, going 16-2 in league play and 9-0 at home. No. 18 Marquette 76, St. John’s 67: Dan Fitzgerald scored eight of his 20 points during a 15-3 run midway through the second half and the Golden Eagles (25-8) held off the upset-minded Red Storm in the opening round of the Big East Tournament. Marquette advanced to play third-seeded Pittsburgh today. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! One year after a last-place finish, David Patten was being carried off the court by Weber State fans. Patten, the league’s MVP, scored a team-high 22 points Wednesday night, leading the Wildcats to the Big Sky Conference Tournament title with an 88-80 victory over Northern Arizona in Ogden, Utah. “You imagine it, sure,” Patten said. “I don’t know if we thought it was doable, but it was a goal.” Weber State lost to Wisconsin in the first round of the NCAAs in 2003. But it has something of a reputation as an upset team, having beat North Carolina in the first round in 1999 and Michigan State in the first round in ’95. Who would the Wildcats like to see announced, as their opponent on selection Sunday, this year? “One of the top five teams in the nation,” Patten said. “Why not?” Central Connecticut 74, Sacred Heart 70: Javier Mojica scored 25 points, including a late 3-pointer that helped Central Connecticut beat Sacred Heart in the Northeast Conference Tournament championship game in New Britain, Conn., and earn an NCAA bid. center_img The win put the Wildcats (20-11, 12-5) into the NCAA Ttournament for the 14th time in school history, the first since 2003. Patten was the only returning starter from the team that finished last in the conference a year ago. Under first-year coach Randy Rahe, the Wildcats engineered one of the most surprising turnarounds in Big Sky history. last_img read more

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Storm causes barely a ripple

By on December 29, 2019

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita The light rain increased traffic collisions in Los Angeles County by only a slight amount Saturday. California Highway Patrol Officer Patrick Kimball said there were 150 traffic collisions from midnight Saturday to 4:40 p.m., compared to 114 for the same period a week ago. Forecasters expect partly cloudy skies today for the San Fernando Valley region, with highs in the mid-50s to mid-60s, and lows tonight in the mid-30s to upper-40s. Monday will be mostly sunny, with highs in the 60s to lower-70s. The vanguard of a Pacific storm reached the Southland Saturday morning, but the system wasn’t as powerful as initially forecast. By 9:15 a.m., light rain was reported in Santa Monica, West Los Angeles, Los Angeles International Airport, Van Nuys and Burbank, but only a tenth of an inch of rain fell on downtown Los Angeles and .20 inch on Burbank by 5 p.m., with other areas recording similar amounts. “It was a fast-moving cold front – we got the tail end of it – that just roared right through the West Coast,” said National Weather Service spokesman Bill Hoffer. Initially, forecasters were expecting rainfall amounts of 1 to 3 inches along the coast, and 3 to 5 inches in the foothills, Hoffer said. last_img read more

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DONEGAL TUNNEL TIGERS CENTRAL TO COMPLETION OF £15 BILLION LONDON CROSSRAIL PROJECT

By on December 28, 2019

first_imgThe newest members of the fabled ‘Donegal Tunnel Tigers’ have been central to one of the biggest and most ambitious tunnelling projects ever undertaken in the UK.The Crossrail Tunnel project estimated to have cost £15 billion has been completed after nearly THREE years.  However, the project has been driven by men from all over Donegal who have continued the long tradition of ‘Donegal Tunnel Tigers’ involved in huge tunnelling projects all over the world.The Rosses area in particular has a huge number of men who have played pivotal roles in ensuring the Crossrail project was completed.The colossal 1,000 tonne machine used for drilling during the lengthy project is called the Elizabeth and is named after the Queen.John Michael O’Donnell from Burtonport, explained to Donegal Daily the complex nature of the job completed. He also named all those involved in the project from Donegal and it’s very clear the £15 billion pound project has Donegal embedded all over it.O’Donnell told Donegal Daily, “After an incredibly long journey of over two and a half years, the’ TBM s719′ better known as ‘Elizabeth’ finally reached her destination of Farringdon last week.“Elizabeth left Limo in November 2012 and it passed through the Canary Wharf’s new 1 billion pound station.“However, much to the disappointment of our highly skilled crew two of our Donegal compatriots Donal McCole and Jake Bonner decided to abandon the Elizabeth and there colleagues.Despite the set-back O’Donnell said an inspirational speech by fellow Rosses man and pit-boss John ‘Dinjo’ Boyle rallied spirits.O’Donnell continued, “Leading miner Pauric O’Donnell and pit boss John ‘Dinjo Boyle rallied the troops with a rousing speech and the journey continued towards Stepney Green into the largest SCL Cavern in the whole of the cross rail project. “That project was completed primarily by men from TGT (Tommy Gallagher Tunnelling)who is a native of Ardara.“Gallagher has looked after all the Donegal men on all his projects over the years and with his son Tommy Jr. now primarily at the controls hoping to carry on the proud Donegal tunnelling tradition.The colossal Elizabeth then pushed on with the construction of the East bound tunnel and was followed closely by her sister TBM Victoria on the West bound tunnel.The TBM Victoria was manned mainly by a Donegal crew with Burtonport Charles O’Donnell employed as lead miner. O’Donnell added, “Both TBM’S came to rest at the next station for a period of TEN months were they were greeted by two Donegal Islanders Frankie Duffy (Inishfree) and Charlie Gallagher. (Arranmore)The Victoria and Elizabeth with other lead miners Christopher ‘Dinjo’ Boyle and Eugene McFadden continued their epic journey to Liverpool Street Station and on to her final destination in Farringdon where she was steered to perfection by Michael O’ Donnell. (Arranmore)O’Donnell added, “Under the instructions of Tommy Gallagher, the Elizabeth was steered to her final destination by John Michael O’Donnell, and it was done so to pin-point accuracy. 🙂O’Donnell said the joy, satisfaction and sense of relief at the completion of the project was overwhelmingly, and that all Donegal men involved with both the Elizabeth and Victoria celebrated accordingly.“We received a superb reception when the crew emerged through the cutter-head with Mark Finnigan from Falcarragh the first man to shake the hand of the emerging crew.“However, no one was prouder than the the Boyle brothers better known as the ‘butchers’ from Dungloe.This was evidenced by a phone call from another proud Boyle brother involved in another TGT project in Saudi Arabia.O’Donnell concluded, “Declan ‘The Butcher’ Boyle then received a call from another TGT project in Saudi Arabia.“The call was from his brother Brendan ‘Fred Butcher’ Boyle and his neighbour and close friend Michael Boyle who rang through with words of congratulations!!“We’re just keeping our fingers crossed now and hope we have another successful day in about two weeks time on the arrival of the Victoria.“This will be the last piece of tunnelling on this massive £15 billion pound project.“Dún na nGall Abú! 🙂 Well done to all the Donegal contingent involved in this incredible project.DONEGAL TUNNEL TIGERS CENTRAL TO COMPLETION OF £15 BILLION LONDON CROSSRAIL PROJECT was last modified: May 15th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:CrossraildonegalFeaturesnewsprojectrossesTunnel Tigers£15 billionlast_img read more

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Arsenal loan star scores on his Hoffenheim debut but Watford man steals show

By on December 26, 2019

first_imgArsenal loan star Reiss Nelson scored on his debut for Hoffenheim but couldn’t prevent them losing to Fortuna Dusseldorf.The England Under-19 star joined the Bundesliga outfit on loan last month and, after coming on after 72 minutes, fired home an 86th minute equaliser in the match. RANKED Latest Football News ADVICE Unfortunately, his goal wasn’t enough for a share of the spoils as Watford loanee Dodi Lukebakio scored a penalty to win the match for Dusseldorf just two minutes later.Nelson’s goal marked a good weekend for English stars in the Bundesliga with Jadon Sancho getting two assists for Borussia Dortmund in their 3-1 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt.Elsewhere in the Bundesliga, Bayern Munich regained top spot and continued their 100 per cent winning record as they dispatched Bayer Leverkusen 3-1 at the Allianz Arena.The victory though has been clouded by a long-term injury to French World Cup winner Corentin Tolisso. BEST OF Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions 1 highlights How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures silverware MONEY Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack smart causal Reiss Nelson in action for Arsenal during pre-season. impact Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won possible standings REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? last_img read more

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GAA: ‘PLAYERS DELIGHTED WITH KERRY FIXTURE’ – McGUINNESS

By on December 25, 2019

first_imgDONEGAL manager Jim McGuinness says his players are looking forward to Sunday’s clash with Kerry at Croke Park.“It’s the type of draw players in the squad would’ve been looking forward to their whole careers,” said the boss.“Kerry in Croke Park in the Championship is something that has never happened before and it’s something we can look forward to. Kerry have huge pedigree and will be very hard to beat.” Sunday’s match is part of a double-header with the Donegal game throw-in at 4pm.A huge exodus of Donegal fans is expected in the capital for the game.“It’s a great day for supporters and I would feel myself it’s a great draw for the players as it’s something they’ve never experienced before in the championship,” said Jim.“It’ll be something special and you’d imagine there would be a huge Donegal support travelling up for it and it should make for a huge occasion.” Kerry have bounced back from an indifferent season and are now playing some of their best football.Manager Jack O’Connor is also looking forward to the big match, and is aware of Donegal’s progress since last year.“These Donegal fellas have pushed back the frontiers in terms of fitness and tackling and getting a great defensive system,” said the Kerry legend“It’ll be a huge challenge for us to break that down. We’re not expecting a pile of pretty football in Croke Park.“I was in Croke Park last year (for Donegal/Dublin) and it was Gaelic football as we’ve never seen it before. And that’s a massive challenge for us as coaches and players and management to break it down,” O’Connor added. “Jim McGuinness has a fantastic system going for them and they’ve improved from last year when they were only a kick of a ball from getting to a final. It’s going to be a huge test.”GAA: ‘PLAYERS DELIGHTED WITH KERRY FIXTURE’ – McGUINNESS was last modified: July 30th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAA: ‘PLAYERS DELIGHTED WITH KERRY FIXTURE’ – McGUINNESSlast_img read more

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It’s family clay day at theater

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first_imgClay paid off at the box office for “Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.” The clay-animated family film debuted as the top weekend movie with $16.1 million. The airplane thriller “Flightplan,” which had held the top box office slot the previous two weekends, slipped to second place with $10.8 million, lifting its total to $60.9 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. The top five was filled out by a rush of new wide releases, led by a tale of squabbling sisters, “In Her Shoes,” starring Cameron Diaz, Toni Collette and Shirley MacLaine, which opened at No. 3 with $10 million. Al Pacino and Matthew McConaughey took their sports-gambling flick, “Two for the Money,” to its box office debut in fourth place at $8.4 million. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “The Gospel” – starring Boris Kodjoe as a blues singer making peace with his faith and his estranged father, a church bishop – had a surprisingly strong opening of $8 million, placing fifth for the weekend. The movie played in just 969 theaters, barely one-fourth of the cinema count for “Wallace & Gromit.” The restaurant comedy “Waiting,” with Ryan Reynolds, Anna Faris and Luis Guzman, premiered at No. 7 with $5.7 million. Overall revenues slipped, with the top 12 movies taking in $87.8 million, down 10 percent from the same weekend last year. Two acclaimed movies opened strongly in limited release. Actor-director George Clooney’s “Good Night, and Good Luck,” featuring David Strathairn as legendary broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow, took in $420,000 in 11 theaters. “The Squid and the Whale,” starring Jeff Daniels and Laura Linney in a comic drama of a family’s bitter divorce, grossed $124,000 in four theaters. “Audiences are evidently paying attention to critical raves and really showing up in big numbers for these independent movies that have been very well-reviewed and kind of get a must-see vibe going for them,” said Paul Dergarabedian, president of box office tracker Exhibitor Relations. “Wallace & Gromit” was based on three short films made for British television about the adventures of a cheese-loving inventor and his long-suffering canine pal. Featuring the voices of Peter Sallis, Helena Bonham Carter and Ralph Fiennes, the big-screen “Wallace & Gromit” pits the duo against a monster rabbit ravaging the town’s vegetable gardens. “Wallace & Gromit” follows “Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride” as the fall’s second film created through stop-motion animation, which involves photographing inanimate objects a frame at a time. The last big stop-motion film was “Chicken Run” from the makers of “Wallace & Gromit,” which debuted with $17.5 million and went on to become a $100 million hit. Distributor DreamWorks is counting on the film’s stellar reviews and strong word of mouth to give “Wallace & Gromit” a long run in theaters. Though popular in the United States through the TV shorts, the characters have been far better known in their native Britain. “In the U.S., they weren’t as well-known as people might imagine,” said Jim Tharp, head of distribution for DreamWorks. “I think they certainly will be after this weekend.” “The Gospel” was a late addition to the schedule of distributor Sony, whose strategy of marketing the movie heavily to black church groups paid off. Blacks accounted for 85 percent of the movie’s audience, said Rory Bruer, Sony head of distribution. TOP MOVIES Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Exhibitor Relations Co. Inc. Final figures will be released today. 1. “Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit,” $16.1 million. 2. “Flightplan,” $10.8 million. 3. “In Her Shoes,” $10 million. 4. “Two for the Money,” $8.4 million. 5. “The Gospel,” $8 million. 6. “Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride,” $6.5 million. 7. “Waiting,” $5.7 million. 8. “A History of Violence,” $5.1 million. 9. “Serenity,” $4.9 million. 10. “Into the Blue,” $4.8 million. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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