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Paramount(NEW YORK) -- Star Trek Beyond beamed up to the top spot at the weekend box office.

The third movie in the rebooted Star Trek franchise earned an estimated 59.6 million dollars to open in first place.

Star Trek Beyond was directed by Justin Lin, who took over the reigns from J.J. Abrams. The movie features Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban, John Cho and the late Anton Yelchin, plus newcomer to the series Idris Elba.

After two weeks in first place, the animated hit The Secret Life of Pets slipped to second place, collecting 29.3 million dollars.

The new horror flick Lights Out tied for third place with Ghostbusters; both made 21.6 million dollars.

Ice Age: Collision Course followed with a 21-million-dollar debut.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated ticket sales, according to comScore:

1. Star Trek Beyond, $59.6 million.
2. The Secret Life of Pets, $29.3 million.
3T. Lights Out, $21.6 million.
3T. Ghostbusters, $21.6 million.
5. Ice Age: Collision Course, $21 million.
6. Finding Dory, $7.2 million.
7. The Legend of Tarzan, $6.4 million.
8. Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, $4.4 million.
9. Kabali (Tamil & Telugu), $4.1 million.
10. Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party, $3.7 million.

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Paramount Pictures(NEW YORK) -- Zachary Quinto can be seen in his third go 'round as Mr. Spock in Star Trek Beyond. In a chat with ABC News, Quinto admits he was nervous to meet the late Leonard Nimoy before getting the chance to play the actor and director's younger self.

However, the pair unexpectedly became close friends, Quinto says, making Nimoy's death in 2015 especially hard. "It just became a really, really profound and important relationship, and I miss him."

Although Nimoy is gone, he's a part of Star Trek Beyond, Quinto explains. "I feel like it was very important for me to find a way to include him in this film. and I thought that Simon Pegg and Doug Jung, our writers, did a beautiful job of really weaving him into the narrative, and not having it be a fleeting acknowledgement..."

Quinto adds, "A lot of audiences responded really, really positively to that." 

The cast also had to weather the death of another former castmember, Anton Yelchin, who was killed in a freak car accident in June.

His character, Pavel Chekov, won't be re-cast by Trek reboot series producer J.J. Abrams, and Quinto agrees with the decision. "To honor him and the beautiful work in these movies, we'll find ways to honor him and celebrate him, but not try to ever put somebody in his place, because that would be impossible anyway...He was an incredible guy. We miss him."

Star Trek Beyond debuted in first place over the weekend, earning an estimated 59.6 million dollars.

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MPL Communications/MJ Kim(LONDON) -- The U.K.'s Official Charts Company has presented Paul McCartney with the prestigious Official Chart Record Breaker Award in recognition of the rock legend being the most successful album artist in the history of his home country. McCartney received the honor for scoring more total #1 albums on the U.K.'s Official Albums Chart, 22, than any other artist.

The 74-year-old musician's old band The Beatles notched 15 chart-topping albums, while Sir Paul also hit #1 four times as a solo artist, twice with Wings and once with his late wife, Linda.

In a video message, McCartney says the honor, "feels unbelievable, because when you write your songs you don't count how well they're doing. I remember when Please, Please Me went to number one, that was our first number one record, and it's a beautiful feeling to suddenly get this [award]."

He adds, "So thank you to the people for giving it to me, I love you. And thank you to everyone who made it possible by buying the records, we love you too!"

The Official Charts Company notes that McCartney also has spent the most total weeks atop the albums chart, 191, while the Fab Four's first album, 1963's Please Please Me, was #1 for more weeks, 30, than any other debut effort.

Following McCartney on the list of artists with the most #1 U.K. albums are his three Beatles band mates: John Lennon at #2 with 18; George Harrison at #3 with 17; and Ringo Starr tied at #4 -- with pop star Robbie Williams -- with 15. Elvis Presley, Phil Collins and Madonna are tied for sixth place on the list with 12 chart-topping albums, while David Bowie is #9 with 11.

McCartney receives his award on the 60th anniversary of the publication of the first Official Albums Chart.
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AMC(SAN DIEGO) -- On October 23 at 9 p.m. Eastern, fans of The Walking Dead will finally got to see which one of Rick's gang Negan executed in the closing moments of season six.

The AMC smash -- pun intended -- will return that night, finally, presumably, solving the mystery of which cast member bought it at the end of Lucille, the barb wire-covered bat wielded by Jeffrey Dean Morgan's big bad. 

Along with that news, shared at San Diego Comic-Con, came a new trailer.

Footage of the beloved characters in the Grimes posse -- Rick, Daryl, Carl, Abraham, Maggie, Glenn, Sasha, Aaron, Michonne, Rosita, and Eugene -- flash by as Negan calmly recites, "Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Moe."

The footage -- which also features the expected walker-killing action -- also introduces another major character from the Walking Dead graphic novel series, the tiger-wielding King Ezekiel.

Seriously: dude sits on a throne and pets a tiger.

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Marvel/Netflix(SAN DIEGO) -- As its hard-hitting "Hell's Kitchen Heroes" would, Marvel came out swinging at San Diego Comic-Con Thursday, with a slew of news and new footage from its Netflix shows. 

Not only did they release a full teaser to this fall's Luke Cage, but also a "first look" at the upcoming Iron Fist, and teasers for both the third season of Daredevil, and The Defenders, the series that will unite each of the series titular heroes -- as well as Kysten Ritter's Jessica Jones -- into one Avengers-like team.

Luke Cage hits the streaming service first, debuting on September 20. In the series, Mike Colter reprises his Jessica Jones role as Cage, a wrongly-accused fugitive left super-strong and unbreakable after an experiment. The series will see Luke relocating uptown from Jones' and Daredevil's home turf of Hell's Kitchen to Harlem, where Cage will take on criminal kingpin Cottonmouth Stokes, the cousin of a local politician played by Alfre Woodard

"...I'm not wearing a costume," Colter says of Cage. "I'm a street-level hero. And what I'm trying to do is work on saving the community." He adds of the anticipated series, "It's really grounded."   

Iron Fist follows Danny Rand (Finn Jones), the son of a murdered business mogul who masters martial arts -- and eventually a mystical power that makes his fists inhumanly strong -- to avenge his murdered parents. The show debuts in 2017, as does Defenders.

Release dates for a second season of JonesDaredevil season 3, and a Punisher series haven't been released. 




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