Following is a summary of current entertainment news briefs.
‘The Croods 2’ Leads Depleted U.S. Box Office
Need a reminder of just how imperiled moviegoing, at least in the U.S., remains due to the pandemic? Look no further than domestic box office charts. «The Croods: A New Age,» which debuted theatrically in November, was the No. 1 movie in North America. The Universal Pictures animated sequel nabbed $1.7 million from 1,913 venues over the weekend, enough to bypass recent releases like Denzel Washington’s «The Little Things» and «Judas and the Black Messiah» for the second weekend straight. After 13 weeks in theaters, «The Croods» sequel has earned $50 million and could eventually pass «Tenet» ($58 million) as the highest-grossing movie in the coronavirus era.
German band turn van into club so fans can rock out one at a time
German two-piece rock band Milliarden have turned a van into a club where they stage gigs for one fan at a time as a way of reaching music-lovers during the pandemic. Separated by a plastic sheet, Milliarden https://www.milliardenmusik.de, which translates as Billions, treat fans to acoustic versions of their songs, recreating a club atmosphere with lighting effects, posters and plastic roses.
Crowds across ex-Yugoslavia republics mourn singer’s death
Large crowds gathered on streets in Belgrade, Sarajevo and Zagreb on Saturday, lighting candles and laying flowers to pay respects to one of former Yugoslavia’s most beloved singers who died of coronavirus. Djordje Balasevic, 67, who had been appointed goodwill ambassador of the United Nations High Commissionaire for Refugees in 1998, passed away on Friday evening in a hospital in his hometown Novi Sad in northern Serbia.
(With inputs from agencies.)