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Avengers: Endgame beats box office records with $1.2bn debut

Avengers: Endgame beats box office records with $1.2bn debut

Entertainment
Avengers: Endgame has made box office history by taking a record-breaking $ 1.2bn (£929m) in global ticket sales in its opening run.The Disney blockbuster has become the fastest film ever to break the $ 1bn barrier, doing so in just five days. Endgame is the 22nd offering in the Marvel Studios superhero franchise.Its opening takings smashed the previous global debut record of $ 640m set by last year's Avengers: Infinity War. In the US alone, Endgame, which stars Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man, brought in a record $ 350m.It also drew huge audiences in China, where it made a record $ 330.5m after opening there on Wednesday, ahead of North America. "Though Endgame is far from an end for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, these first 22 films constitute a sprawling...
Avengers Endgame: The Marvel Cinematic Universe explained

Avengers Endgame: The Marvel Cinematic Universe explained

Entertainment
SPOILER ALERT! This article contains details of the plots of some Marvel films, including recent releases. Marvel sequel Avengers: Endgame hits UK cinemas on 25 April and is widely expected to be the biggest release of 2019.The film will be the 22nd entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which began with 2008's Iron Man.If you want to watch Endgame, but feel daunted by the sheer size of the MCU, never fear! Here's everything you need to know. What is the Marvel Cinematic Universe?The Marvel Cinematic Universe - or MCU for short - is the shared place where all 22 films featuring the comic book characters are set.Each tells its own distinct story but also connects with other films in the MCU, to te...
Hamleys reaches endgame under Chinese owner

Hamleys reaches endgame under Chinese owner

Business
The Chinese owner of Hamleys, the world's most famous toy retailer,‎ has begun exploring a sale of the company just days after reporting multimillion-pound losses. Sky News has learnt that C.banner International, which is listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, has launched a strategic review of Hamleys, which it bought three years ago.The review, which was prompted by several expressions of interest in a takeover from unnamed parties, is at a preliminary stage and might not lead to a formal sale process, according to a City source.News of C.banner's‎ decision to explore options for Hamleys throws the future ownership of the toy retailing giant into doubt just before its crucial Christmas trading period gets under way.Vermilion Partners, a corporate finance firm w...