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Last weekend at the Box Office

Quentin Tarantino scored the biggest opening of his career (not adjusted for inflation) with “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood” this weekend. The star-studded flick raked in just over $40-million for its debut... but it couldn’t take the number one spot from “The Lion King.”

“The Lion King” has kept its leading spot for the second weekend in a row, making almost twice as much as Tarantino’s latest with $75-point-five-million. Pretty good for a 61-percent decline, and it’s worldwide haul is almost at $1-billion!

“Spider-Man: Far From Home” is still going strong in the third spot, and “Toy Story 4” follows in fourth. Meanwhile, “The Farewell” starring Awkwafina has shot up into the top 10 for its third weekend, making just over $1-million now that the film has hit more theaters.

Here’s this weekend’s Top 10 movies:

1.“The Lion King” – $75.5-million

2.“Once Upon A Time In Hollywood” – $40.4-million

3.“Spider-Man: Far From Home” – $12.2-million

4.“Toy Story 4” – $9.9-million

5.“Crawl” – $4-million

6.“Yesterday” – $3-million

7.“Aladdin” – $2.8-million

8.“Stuber” – $1.7-million

9.“Annabelle Comes Home” – $1.6-million

10.“The Farewell” – $1.5-million

Source: Entertainment Weekly

This weekend, can Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Jason Statham and the Fast & Furious enterprise take out the top 3 with The Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw? This action packed flick is filled with cars and violence with a weak story line I’m sorry to say, but I suspect it will do well at the box office.

There’s a movie that will certainly spark conversation: Luce starring Octavia Spencer and Naomi Watts – a teacher discovers a scary truth behind an all star student.

This weekend, do Brad Pitt, Leonardo Dicaprio, Margo Robbie, Dakota Fanning, Kurt Russel, Al Pacino, Luke Perry – who passed earlier this year, Burt Reynolds, who was slated to be in this movie before he passed and is still listed in the credits, Bruce Dern, Timothy Olyphant AND Director Quentin Tarantino have what it takes to knock out The Lion King or Toy Story 4???? We’ll see as, Once Upon A Time in Hollywood opens – about an actor and his long time stunt double and the Manson murders…..

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There are a ton of events across the state this weekend and you can get connected below! Today I wanted to concentrate on :

"Matilda, The Musical" runs tonight and tomorrow at Mark T. Sheehan High School142 Hope Hill Rd., Wallingford 7:30 p.m. ADMISSION: Adults $15, children (12 and under) $10. Inspired by the Tony award winning musical, Matilda, is the captivating masterpiece from the Royal Shakespeare Company that revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination, and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life. 

Friday it’s Lady Antebellum in the arena at Mohegan Sun - Seven-time Grammy award winners, Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Hollywood are bringing their country hits to Mohegan Sun. Showtime 8pm in the arena.

Saturday Taste of the Caribbean & Jerk Festival is on Saturday at Mortenson Riverfront Plaza Enjoy authentic Caribbean cuisine, cool island beverages, spectacular costumes, dance, and island rhythms at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza. Enjoy a full day of music, children's activities and huge selection of food vendors. Runs 1pm to 11pm

Saturday night it’s a great double bill Bryan Adams & Billy Idol at Mohegan Sun Arena. Between both of them, they have sold over 100 million records and sold out thousands of shows around the world.

Saturday night, Jerry Seinfeld takes over the Grand Theatre at Foxwoods for and 8pm show and tickets are still available!!! From Seinfeld to Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, Jerry is still making us laugh!!!

Friday and Saturday at Foxwoods Theatre relive the 50th Anniversary Celebration 40 incredible New England based musicians making up 6 Bands join forces to salute some of the greatest bands of Woodstock!

Throw on your tie-dye and enjoy the hits of Crosby Stills & NashSantanaBlood Sweat & TearsJimi HendrixJoe CockerJanis Joplin, and Jefferson Airplane! All to benefit St Judes!

Rob Thomas with special guest Abby Anderson is coming to Mohegan Sun Arena on Sunday, August 4th!

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