CORE STORY: The Secret Life of Pets opens to over $100-million

Photo: Universal Pictures

Photo: Universal Pictures

Chris Luckett

This time last July, Illumination Entertainment’s Despicable Me spinoff Minions opened to a whopping $116-million. Their latest effort, the new property The Secret Life of Pets, has now scampered into theatres, achieving nearly the same success without the aid of previous films. Continue reading

CORE STORY: Dory wins its third weekend, besting The BFG, The Purge, and Tarzan

Artwork: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Artwork: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Chris Luckett

The first weekend of July has always been a big one for box office, with the confluence of Canadian and American long weekends.

Steven Spielberg’s takes on the Roald Dahl tale The BFG, the threequel The Purge: Election Year, and David Yates’ reboot The Legend of Tarzan were all outpaced this holiday weekend by Finding Dory, Pixar’s latest behemoth. Continue reading

CORE STORY: Indiana teen accused of three murders claims he was “purging”

Photo: Universal Pictures

Photo: Universal Pictures

Chris Luckett

Between May 12 and May 15 in Indianapolis, IN, three men were shot and killed in cold blood. Jonathan Cruz, a 19-year-old Indianan, was arrested on May 16 on other felony charges, including robbery and intimidation, and subsequently charged with their murders.

Court documents now reveal that Cruz allegedly told a witness he was “purging,” during the three-day period Billy Boyd, Jay Higginbotham, and Jose Ruiz were murdered. Continue reading