LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Elisabeth Moss-led thriller “The Invisible Man” rode a wave of good reviews to a very visible spot atop the box office this weekend. Universal Pictures on Sunday estimated that the film from writer-director Leigh Whannell earned $29 million from North American theaters. Internationally, it picked up an additional $20.2 million.
“The Invisible Man” carried a relatively modest budget, costing under $10 million to produce.
“Sonic the Hedgehog” slid to second place in its third weekend in theaters with $16 million. “The Call of the Wild,” with Harrison Ford, placed third in its second weekend with $13.2 million.
And in limited release, Benh Zeitlin’s re-imagining of the Peter Pan myth, “Wendy,” got off to a bumpy start with just $30,000 from four theaters.
Spielberg daughter arrested on domestic charge in Tennessee
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An adopted daughter of film director Steven Spielberg was arrested in Tennessee in a domestic incident involving her boyfriend, police said.
Mikaela Spielberg, 23, was charged with domestic assault causing bodily injury early Saturday. Spielberg was released from a jail in Nashville later Saturday, jail records showed.
According to a Metropolitan Nashville Police affidavit, officers said Spielberg and her boyfriend were involved in an argument after returning from a bar. After the victim made a “rude comment” toward Spielberg, she started throwing objects at him, injuring his hand and wrist, WZTV-TV reported.
Jail records didn’t indicate whether she has an attorney who could comment on the charge. A March 9 court hearing on the charge was scheduled.
Mikaela Spielberg was adopted as a child by Stephen Spielberg and his wife, Kate Capshaw.
Artwork by late WMU professor saved from destruction
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — Paintings by a former art professor that would have been thrown away now are on display at Western Michigan University.
Forty of Dwayne Lowder’s paintings, donated to the university, will be part of an exhibition that presents nearly 50 years of his work, WOOD-TV reported.
The exhibition at the Richmond Center for Visual Arts in Kalamazoo mostly is a display of paintings, but it also showcases Lowder’s sculptures, photography and work in stained glass. It runs through March 8.
“For all of us who knew him, he was our Leonardo Da Vinci,” said John Carney, a friend and former WMU colleague. “I don’t care what it was, whatever he did, it was fabulous.”
Carney learned the art was tucked away in Lowder’s attic after he died in 2018. There were no provisions in his will, so the paintings were transferred to Radford University in Virginia, which didn’t have enough space for them.
Carney took possession of the paintings and made arrangements to donate 40 to WMU.
“It’s an incredible feeling of relief, and I think it would have been just heartbreaking had these paintings not see the light of day,” said Indra Lacis, director of exhibits.
Lowder was a member of the WMU faculty from 1966 to 1982. He retired to rural Virginia, where he operated an orchid farm and continued to create art.
Carney shared space with Lowder for many years.
“You could get to know him up to a certain level and there was always a little bit of distance,” he said.