This image released by Sony Pictures Animation shows a scene from "Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation." (Sony Pictures Animation via AP)

"Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation" has checked into the No. 1 spot at the box office in its opening weekend and left the Dwayne Johnson action thriller, "Skyscraper," in the dust. Sony Pictures estimated Sunday that the animated family movie earned $44.1 million from North American theaters. As the first in the franchise to open in the summer, it's just slightly under the previous installment's $48.5 million debut in September 2015. Worldwide, "Hotel Transylvania 3" has already earned more than $100 million. "It's really terrific," said Adrian Smith, Sony's head of domestic distribution. "We're positioned to take advantage of the valuable summer weekdays and there are six weeks of summer left." The successful series has grossed over $900 million worldwide to date. Going into the weekend, experts expected a three-way race to the top between "Hotel Transylvania 3," ''Skyscraper" and "Ant-Man and the Wasp," but the family film won by a large margin. "There haven't been a lot of options for families this summer," said comScore senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian. "They become instant hits." Johnson's "Skyscraper," a rare original summer blockbuster, remained earthbound in its first weekend in North America. The Universal Pictures film brought in only $25.5 million domestically. "Skyscraper" cost a reported $125 million to produce, not accounting for marketing costs. Johnson has been a consistent presence in movie theaters this year with both "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" and "Rampage" prior to "Skyscraper." Both previous films opened in the $35 million range, and while "Jumanji" went on to be a worldwide box office juggernaut, "Rampage" petered out domestically just under $100 million. As with "Rampage," however, the studio is expecting the majority of "Skyscraper" profits to come from international audiences. "'Skyscraper' is really engineered for a global release and it got a terrific start," said Jim Orr, Universal's president of domestic distribution. "We have great faith in a more than terrific run at the domestic box office going forward." Internationally, "Skyscraper" grossed $40.4 million from 57 territories for a global total of $65.9 million. Second place went to Disney and Marvel's "Ant-Man and the Wasp," which brought in an additional $28.8 million in its second weekend, down 62 percent from last week. It's one of the steeper second week falls in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The first "Ant-Man" fell 53 percent. "Incredibles 2" took fourth place with $16.2 million and "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" rounded out the top five with $15.5 million. A handful of smaller releases made notable splashes this weekend including Annapurna's buzzy dystopian satire "Sorry to Bother You," which opened in limited release last week and added 789 locations this weekend. It earned $4.3 million in its expansion for spot No. 7 on the charts. The coming of age film "Eighth Grade" also scored top marks, and the highest per theater average of the year, with $252,284 from four theaters. The well-reviewed pic will expand nationwide in the coming weeks. And documentaries continue to perform well too, including the Fred Rogers doc "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" which added $1.9 million from 868 theaters, and "Three Identical Strangers" which expanded to 167 theaters and grossed $1.2 million. Estimated ticket sales are for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday. 1."Hotel Transylvania 3," $44.1 million ($46.4 million international). 2."Ant-Man and the Wasp," $28.8 million ($35.3 million international). 3."Skyscraper," $25.5 million ($40.4 million international). 4."Incredibles 2," $16.2 million. 5."Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom," $15.5 million. 6."The First Purge," $9.1 million. 7."Sorry to Bother You," $4.3 million. 8."Sicario: Day of the Soldado," $3.9 million. 9."Uncle Drew," $3.2 million. 10."Ocean's 8," $2.9 million. ___ Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by 21st Century Fox; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.

Lil Rick performing his winning bashment soca track - Ben' it.

"I'm coming for Party Monarch next," says Lil Rick. Now that the International Bashment Soca Competition is out of the way, Lil Rick can prepare for his main focus - the Party Monarch competition. This Barbados' equivalent of Power Soca. The season is still young and the reigning Party Monarch King, who did the double by winning in 2016 and 2017, and recently crownedInternational Bashment Soca King says he is also looking to dominate in other competitions such as the Party Monarch, Sweet Soca and Tune of the Crop, commonly known as the Road March. "I'm looking to win Road March and Party Monarch and I'm also looking to do good in Groovy," he toldthe media following his crowningKensington Oval. The artist, real name Ricky Reid but also known as Hypa Dawg or Chihuahua Business Man or Board Face admitted that he was more excited about defending his Party Monarch title than even winning the International Bashment Soca title. "I'm going in...I'm going in real hard for that there...It's a big thing to me," he said. "I'm looking to retain my title in Party Monarch for sure. I am more anxious about Party Monarch than the Bashment Soca Competition so you should know I'm going in. The third time for Party Monarch, so I'm going in real hard for that there, it's a big thing to me." As it relates to bashment soca, he said that he was glad to see something that he created finally being embraced in Barbados after having received a lot of criticism in the past. [related node_id='ff33892b-5ed5-4ea4-9968-e1de4c2b19ca'] "It's a good feeling to see something that you started and got a lot of criticism and fight down for is actually the in-thing now." Not taking all the credit, he thanked Producer/ DJ Peter Coppin for working alongside him from the inception. "You can't go to a fete now and not hear a piece of bashment soca," he said smiling. "It's a good feeling to see that I started it, mealong with Peter Coppin, I can't take all the credit. Peter Coppin was with me and the bashment soca years back from Bumper Inspector, and now it is being an international thing so that's an achievement." He further went on to say that it was a great feeling to win, adding that he could see bashment soca going even further from here. Giving special mention to Vincentian Sita who won over a Bajan crowd, Lil Rick said he was hoping that more countries would enter. "I hope that some more countries enter. Look how well Sita was received for a person that is not really known in Barbados, so I think that it can grow and get bigger from here." Going up against reigning Bashment Soca King Stiffy, Porgie and Murda, Jus D, Marzville, Scrilla and other artists who put on a good show on Phenomenal Friday, the king said he was somewhat surprised to come out on top. "I don't underestimate no artist," he proclaimed. "I don't treat one competition different from the other one. Every competition I look to go and do my best, put my best foot forward and do my thing and wait for the results. I don't say, 'Well look this is a small competition' or underestimate no artist. I just do my thing and try to do it to the best to win a competition." Going on to speak about Snap Brandy and other artists he mentioned in his picong, he told them to "don't take it to heart". "After this, I hope it's no love lost...because it wasn't nothing personal." Apart from the competitions, Lil Rick's energy will also be going towards his annual Dis Is Rick concert which will take place on Crop Over Saturday,August 4th. He said he is planning to showcase Bajan artists - people that you look over or those who may not have gotten a chance to perform at any of the major fetes. "We have a lot of upcoming artists in Barbados coming. We have a whole cast of Bajan talent at Dis Is Rick; people that you don't really get to hear, some people that you look over. I like to bring all the Bajan talent into one little poolat the ending of the Crop Over. Crop Over Saturday we get all the best of Barbados on one stage. Artists that really don't get to perform at the major fetes will get a chance to perform at Dis Is Rick and present themselves." Get the latest local and international news straight to your mobile phone for free: Download the Loop News Caribbean app on Google Play Store: Download the Loop News Caribbean app on the App Store:

The gas station is a place like no other. It’s where some people fill up on gas, diesel, coolant, oil, water, food, drinks, ice and even air. But everyone doesn’t act the same at the gas station. All kinds of personalities pull in to the gas station on a daily basis. NOTE: This is only persons coming for gas, this time. 1. First-clicker Driver: Fill up Attendant: *sets pump and starts* 5 minutes later Attendant: *holds pump to manually continue* Driver: No no no sweet girl! To de first click! You feel I mek outta money. You fuhget de fuel tax ting now?! 2. $5…tanks Attendant: How much? Driver: Five dawyers! Attendant: Pardon me? Driver: *passes a $10 bill* Jess put in 5. Tanks! [related node_id='f4810df7-f9df-4740-8284-ea6170be652c'] 3. Rude and clueless Driver: Good night, $20. Attendant: You want gas? Driver: Wuh else I here for? Attendant: Well your gas tank aint on that side, so my guess is advice! (Oh wouldn’t an attendant love to say that) 4. Unclear speakers Driver: fiddeen! Attendant: FIF-TY? Driver: fiddeen! Attendant holds out hand for cash Driver passes a $10 and $5 bill Attendant walks off and puts in $15 while thinking: ‘Cause he feel he gine trick me and dock my pay.’ 5. Impatient driver Driver: Wait nobody don’t work here? Attendant continues with her two customers. Driver: This is de worse gas station ever, stupse Attendant: Good evening, how much? Driver: Wuh afta you tek suh long. Just gie me $10. Attendant puts in gas. Driver leaves in a total of less than 7 minutes Attendant looks at other attendant and says: He did never putting in nuh more than $10! *Cackle* [related node_id='9cc0e8c4-dfde-41b1-830c-67284748aef7'] 6. Indecisive Attendant: Good night, how much? Driver: Um… *searches purse* Gimme $30 Attendant: Windshield clean? Driver: Umm… *looks at front and back glasses* no, I think I good. Attendant starts running gas Driver: *psst* Sweet girl, mek it de whole $50 and yea, do de back glass... and maybe de front too. Attendant walks away rolling eyes 7. Phone mode Attendant: Good night, how much? Excuse me you can’t use the cellphone in the gas station Driver: $50 Attendant: Pull de tank… PULL DE TANK! PULL THE TANK! Driver gets out car: You aint see me on de phone? What you say? Attendant: Get off de phone in de gas station and pull de tank! Driver: Oh shoot I ain remember that. *tells person on de phone* You know I here talking to you on the phone and in the gas station… Yes girl, I aint even realise… You too? *starts fresh conversation about forgetting to get off cellphones in gas stations* 8. Service station explorers Dora The Explorer has nothing on this gas station customer who’s putting in $20 in gas and gone in the service station window shopping. Then comes out 20 minutes later and asks the attendant: Wait you put in da gas very fast? You sure you put it in? Attendant walks to next customer in disbelief. 9. The Talker Attendant: Good night, how much? Driver: Waiiiit… you sweet! Wuh you name? Attendant: How much gas do you want? Driver: $10. But you aint gine tell me you name though? Attendant takes cash and puts in gas Driver having read the name tag: Ort Shakira, I gine look fuh you every time I come hay. 10. Forgetful Jones Attendant: Good night, how much? Driver feels for wallet: Oh geez… I aint got de wallet *pulls out coin tray and starts collecting dollars, then feels under mat* Gimme $10 Attendant takes change and goes to put in gas: Pull de tank! Driver pulls the lever: Oh shoot, I forget you and that skippa. Attendant finishes Driver exits gas station and other drivers on the road startflashing lights at the man who just left the gas station. Driver: Oh shoot! My lights. *flicks on lights* Which one are you?

Fly to: St. Lucia From: Friday, September 7 to Wednesday, September 12, 2018 For: US$282 Stay: Option 1:La Porsuette Inn for US$50 These self-contained studio apartments are only 15 minutes from Castries and a five minute drive to Rodney Baywith main shopping area, bars,restaurants, banking and, of course, the beach. Option 2: Freestyle Island Home for US$50 This comfortable, spacious one bedroom, one bathroom home is located in a quiet residential area, three mins from the village of Laborie, which is south of the island. It’s also located within short driving distances from beautiful beaches, supermarkets restaurants, and bars. The home has an open plan kitchen with dining area, large comfy living room,and bar counter. There is a spacious veranda running along the front of the house toward the sides, where you will have distant views of the ocean. If you’re feeling extra luxurious you can even get a holistic massage as the home has a massage room (for an extra fee and by appointment only). Option 3: The Traveller’s Haven for US$70 This apartment is designed for those looking for atranquil holiday. According to thehosts, you'll be close to nature whileenjoying the luxury of the great outdoors, and ascenic and relaxing infinity pool awaits you with a spa. The popular Marigot Beach is just a 10-15 minutedrive from the apartment and access the Soufriere sites are just 30-40 minutes drive-long the west coast. A full breakfast is alsoincluded. Bonus: Villa Valerie with private beach for US$54 If you’re going to St. Lucia with friends, Villa Valerie is the perfect place to stay. The luxury villa close to Rodney Bay houses four guests, has two bedrooms, two baths, and a full kitchen. It has a modern, stylish look, with marble bathrooms, tasteful furniture, air-conditioning and ceiling fans.As it's the only holiday village on the bay, guests have the beach almost to themselves.The quiet, sandy beach is safe for swimming and has a colourful local beach bar. EAT 1. Mama Tilly's Barbeque for US$4-US$16 Not your average barbeque spot. Located in the small fishing village of Laborie, Mama Tilly's is a fan-favourite among tourists, serving up delicious local offerings including grilled mahi-mahi, lamb, lobster and sweet rum and raisin ice cream for dessert. According to one tourist review:"Mama Tilly is an absolutely wonderful woman who makes you feel like you're family eating in her house." 2. Barnacles for US$10 - US$20 Set in a 1750 old cellar on Pigeon Island in Gros Islet, Barnacle has everything for both seafood lovers and carnivores alike. Get your fill of chicken wings, octopus, Accra, ribs, calamari, shrimp creole, and more while taking in the serene views of the Atlantic Ocean. 3. Jacques Waterfront Dining for US$12 - US$38 Located in Rodney Bay, Jacques Waterfront Dining is one of the most popular restaurants in St. Lucia.This intimate and elegant restaurant right on the edge of the marina is set within the beautiful gardens of Harmony Suites Hotel, with superb uninterrupted vie The restaurant's owner, Chef Jacques is well travelled, having worked in Africa, the Middle East and Far East, and enjoys fusing his various culinary experiences into his cuisine. French and Caribbean cuisines are melded using his French cooking experience and the wonderful Caribbean flavours that are available to him on a daily basis. Do: 1. Take a mud bath at Sulphur Springs for US$2 St. Lucia’s dormant Soufrière Volcano is an impressive attraction which you can drive straight into. Soak your troubles away in the warm and steamy black waterSt Lucia Mud Baththat flows from the craters into a pool area where visitors can enjoy a soothing bath. Mud can also be found near this pool area for added skin rejuvenation and those famous mud art photo moments. 2. Hike Gros Pitons for US$250 (per couple) While it may be on the pricier side, it's definitely worth the experience.You can't visit St. Lucia and not hike up the world-famous Gros Pitons. The Pitons, St Lucia’s two volcanic mountains, are some of the island’s best features, and a Gros Piton hike is an experience unlike any other.Gros Piton stands an incredible2,619 feet above sea level, and coupled with Petit Piton, is considered to be "the hallmark of St Lucia’s western coast." From the peak, you can see not only the gorgeous waters of the Caribbean, but a vast portion of the island itself. A Gros Piton hike tour is the only way to see the island from this vantage point, and the experience you will have standing at the top makes it absolutely worthwhile. The total cost of the hike is inclusive of pick up and drop off, entrance fees and all other associated hike fees. Pro tip: The more people you bring on the hike, the lower the rates. *Airfare and accommodation prices quoted are listed at the time of publication. Due to fluctuatingrates, prices are subject to change. Get the latest local and international news straight to your mobile phone for free: Download the Loop News Caribbean app on Google Play Store: Download the Loop News Caribbean app on the App Store:

Former CEO and Chairman of Papa John's, John Schnatter

Papa John's, which has featured founder John Schnatter in logos and TV ads, is pulling his image from its marketing after reports he used a racial slur. His face was off at least some materials by late morning Friday, though the company said the details and exact timing for everything were still being worked out. The pizza chain said Friday there are no plans to change its name. Schnatter has long been the face of the brand, and Papa John's has acknowledged in regulatory filings that its business could be hurt if Schnatter's reputation was damaged. Papa John's got a taste of that last year, when Schnatter stepped down as CEO after blaming disappointing pizza sales on the outcry surrounding football players kneeling during the national anthem. This week, Papa John's was already trying to further publicly distance itself from Schnatter after Forbes reported he used the N-word during a conference call in May. Schnatter apologized and said he would resign as chairman. That prompted the company's stock to recover some of the losses it suffered after the report, and shares climbed another 3 percent Friday. Schnatter remains on the board, and is still the company's largest shareholder with nearly 30 percent of the stock. In addition to appearing in TV ads, Schnatter's image has been on packaging and at the center of a logo that usually was all over the company's website. Keith Hollingsworth, a professor with Morehouse College's business department, said keeping Schnatter in the marketing and advertising would signal to people that the company does not have a problem with his comments, or that it doesn't think they are a big deal. "Five years from now, they might be able to start bringing him back. But at the moment, you have to be very decisive and show you take this very seriously," Hollingsworth said. Schnatter had used the slur during a media training exercise, Forbes said. When asked how he would distance himself from racist groups, Schnatter reportedly complained that Colonel Sanders never faced a backlash for using the word. Schnatter subsequently issued a statement acknowledging the use of "inappropriate and hurtful" language. "Regardless of the context, I apologize," the statement said. The fallout has already included Major League Baseball indefinitely suspending a promotion with Louisville, Kentucky-based Papa John's that offered people discounts at the pizza chain after a player hit a grand slam. The University of Louisville also said Schnatter resigned from its board of trustees, and that the school will evaluate the naming arrangement for Papa John's Cardinal Stadium, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal. Papa John's International Inc. began operations in 1984 and had more than 5,200 locations globally. The company cannot afford to alienate customers, with sales already under pressure from rivals such as Domino's. For the first three months of this year, Papa John's said a key sales figure fell 5.3 percent in North America.

The latest forecast from the US Energy Information Administration predicts that US output will grow next year to 11.8 million barrels a day.

The US has nosed ahead of Saudi Arabia and is on pace to surpass Russia to become the world's biggest oil producer for the first time in more than four decades. The latest forecast from the USEnergy Information Administration predicts that USoutput will grow next year to 11.8 million barrels a day. "If the forecast holds, that would make the US the world's leading producer of crude," says Linda Capuano, who heads the agency, a part of the Energy Department. Saudi Arabia and Russia could upend that forecast by boosting their own production. In the face of rising global oil prices, members of the OPEC cartel and a few non-members including Russia agreed last month to ease production caps that had contributed to the run-up in prices. President Donald Trump has urged the Saudis to pump more oil to contain rising prices. He tweeted on June 30 that King Salman agreed to boost production "maybe up to 2,000,000 barrels." The White House later clarified that the king said his country has a reserve of 2 million barrels a day that could be tapped "if and when necessary." The idea that the U.S. could ever again become the world's top oil producer once seemed preposterous. "A decade ago the only question was how fast would U.S. production go down," said Daniel Yergin, author of several books about the oil industry including a history, "The Prize." The rebound of USoutput "has made a huge difference. If this had not happened, we would have had a severe shortage of world oil," he said. The United States led the world in oil production for much of the 20th century, but the Soviet Union surpassed America in 1974, and Saudi Arabia did the same in 1976, according to Energy Department figures. By the end of the 1970s the USSR was producing one-third more oil than the US by the end of the 1980s, Soviet output was nearly double that of the US. The last decade or so has seen a revolution in American energy production, however, led by techniques including hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and horizontal drilling. Those innovations — and the breakup of the Soviet Union — helped the US narrow the gap. Last year, Russia produced more than 10.3 million barrels a day, Saudi Arabia pumped just under 10 million, and the US came in under 9.4 million barrels a day, according to USgovernment figures. The UShas been pumping more than 10 million barrels a day on average since February, and probably pumped about 10.9 million barrels a day in June, up from 10.8 million in May, the energy agency said Tuesday in its latest short-term outlook. According to the Energy Department, the USedged ahead of Saudi Arabia in February and stayed there in March; both trailed Russia. Capuano's agency forecast that US. crude output will average 10.8 million barrels a day for all of 2018 and 11.8 million barrels a day in 2019. The current U.S. record for a full year is 9.6 million barrels a day in 1970. The trend of rising USoutput prompted Fatih Birol, executive director of the International Energy Agency, to predict this spring that the USwould leapfrog Russia and become the world's largest producer by next year — if not sooner. One potential obstacle for USdrillers is a bottleneck of pipeline capacity to ship oil from the Permian Basin of Texas and New Mexico to ports and refineries. "They are growing the production but they can't get it out of the area fast enough because of pipeline constraints," said Jim Rittersbusch, a consultant to oil traders. Some analysts believe that Permian production could decline, or at least grow more slowly, in 2019 or 2020 as energy companies move from their best acreage to more marginal areas. For the latestnews, download our app at Android; and at IoS.


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