Weekend Box Office and Your Monday Must-Read.

It took an act of valor, or, more appropriately “Act of Valor,” to get filmgoers into the multiplex this weekend. The Navy Seal cinema-verite flick led the weekend. Courtesy of BoxOfficeMojo, here’s the numbers:

1 N Act of Valor Rela. $24,700,000 3,039 $8,128 $24,700,000 $12 1
2 N Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds LGF $16,000,000 2,132 $7,505 $16,000,000 1
3 4 Journey 2: The Mysterious Island WB $13,475,000 -32.1% 3,350 -150 $4,022 $76,731,000 $79 3
4 1 Safe House Uni. $11,400,000 -51.8% 3,052 -69 $3,735 $98,100,000 $85 3
5 2 The Vow SGem $10,000,000 -56.6% 3,038 +80 $3,292 $103,007,000 $30 3
6 3 Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance Sony $8,800,000 -60.2% 3,174 $2,773 $37,832,000 $57 2
7 5 This Means War Fox $8,500,000 -51.2% 3,189 $2,665 $33,571,000 $65 2
8 N Wanderlust Uni. $6,600,000 2,002 $3,297 $6,600,000 1
9 N Gone Sum. $5,000,000 2,186 $2,287 $5,000,000 1
10 9 The Secret World of Arrietty BV $4,503,000 -30.1% 1,522 $2,959 $14,660,000 2

Hollywood hostess Connie Wald in her 20s (NYT)

The New York Times profiles nonagenarian actress Connie Wald, whose Beverly Hills home, during the Golden Age of Hollywood was a required stop. The story is a charming tale of dinner parties and movie-screenings that makes old Hollywood sound like a small town.

Here’s the nut graf:

“As the wife and then the widow of the fabled screenwriter and producer Jerry Wald (who received four Oscar nominations; was given the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award in 1949; and produced the Academy Awards shows in 1957 and 1958), Mrs. Wald has been a Hollywood fixture. A notably chic (she is a perennial on the International Best-Dressed List) and enduring emblem of its Golden Age, she is a hostess celebrated for her home cooking (roast chicken and chocolate roll). A good-humored survivor at the age of 95, Mrs. Wald is still automatically included among the guests at any A-list party.”

Read the full story here.

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