Freezing temperatures delivered lukewarm audiences to the weekend debuts of
's comedy about a loser who turns his life around by saying "yes" to everything opened at No. 1 with $18.2 million in ticket sales, while
came in second with $16 million, according to studio executives.
The movies arrived in theaters Friday just as storms pounded the Northeast.
In limited release,
- featuring a barely recognizable
- had a heavyweight debut, taking in $209,474 in just four theaters for a whopping average of $52,369. The film stars Rourke as a former wrestling champion struggling for a taste of past glory. The comeback theme of
parallels the real life of Rourke, whose bad-boy behavior virtually ruined his career in the late '80s and early '90s.
Don't try this at home
Comparison shop no more. Samsung Mobile phones can be used to text message while freefalling 12,000 feet. (Did you say you were worried about your teenager
In an attempt to establish the Guinness World Record for fastest text messaging while skydiving, Samsung Telecommunications America hired a team of 10 professional skydivers to accurately text message these two sentences - "The razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality they seldom attack a human." - before pulling their parachutes and gliding to the ground. OMG! No abbreviations allowed!
Once all skydivers were on the ground and their phones were checked for accuracy, the video shot by two aerial videographers and two additional videographers on the ground was sent to Guinness World Records in London for official judging.
Singer's death could alter jail policy
The death of R&B singer
has led to a proposed policy that would provide more flexibility in giving inmates their anti-anxiety medication.
The member of the 1980s R&B trio LeVert died in March after becoming ill at the Cuyahoga County jail in Cleveland. A lawsuit filed by his widow,
, says he was not given the Xanax he brought with him when he started serving time for failure to pay child support.
The jail administrator and a jail doctor proposed the change to allow inmates to get their prescribed medication as soon as their prescriptions are verified.
She's the same but different
may have lived in the Playboy Mansion with
, but she hardly recognizes her former housemate anymore.
"She's doing amazing, she's so in love," Marquardt said of Wilkinson, 23, who recently became engaged to Eagles wide receiver
. "She's changed so much. She's not even the same person. I mean, she is the same, but she's different."
One big difference? "She doesn't flash anymore," said Marquardt, who will be a bridesmaid at Wilkinson's wedding at the Playboy Mansion.
Rihanna to sing for others' supper
will sing for a president and a cause when she rocks the nation's capital on President-elect
's Inauguration Day.
The Grammy winner's performance for the Recording Industry Association of America's Charity Ball will benefit Feeding America, the nation's largest hunger-relief organization.