Ben Affleck’s “Argo” did well in its second week at the box office, but not as well as ‘‘Paranormal Activity 4,’’ which debuted at No. 1 with $30.2 million. (Though impressive, that’s a big drop from the $40 million and $50 million opening weekends of the last two installments of the franchise.) Meanwhile, Tyler Perry failed to find an audience for ‘‘Alex Cross,’’ starring Perry as author James Patterson’s brilliant criminal profiler. The movie landed with a thud, opening at No. 5 with $11.8 million. Affleck’s Iran hostage tale remained at No. 2 with $16.6 million, dropping just 15 percent from its debut. Big studio releases often drop 50 percent or more in subsequent weekends, but ‘‘Argo’’ has proven a hit with critics and audiences alike. Affleck, who also directed ‘‘Argo,’’ plays a CIA specialist who concocts a wild plan to rescue six Americans hiding in Tehran after the 1979 takeover of the US embassy there. Liam Neeson’s action sequel ‘‘Taken 2,’’ which had been No. 1 the previous two weekends, slipped to fourth place with $13.4 million, while Adam Sandler’s animated hit ‘‘Hotel Transylvania’’ did well at No. 3 with $13.5 million. In limited release, ‘‘The Sessions’’ did solid business, opening with $121,005 in four theaters in New York City and Los Angeles. “The Sessions’’ stars John Hawkes and Helen Hunt in the true-life story of a man paralyzed by polio and stuck in an iron lung most of his life, who hires a sexual surrogate so he can lose his virginity. (AP)
It’s a boy for Adele
Adele is rolling in the . . . diapers. The British singing sensation, 24, is now Mum to a baby boy, a family source confirmed to People.com. “We are all over the moon,” said the source. In June, Adele posted a message on her website announcing that she was expecting a baby with her boyfriend, Simon Konecki. “Obviously we’re over the moon and very excited but please respect our privacy at this precious time,” she wrote. (Obviously, the Brits are very big on “over the moon” as a synonym for “happy.”) Even as the Grammy winner thrilled fans with the recent release of new material, the James Bond theme song “Skyfall,” Adele was “totally laying low and nesting,” a source told People. “She is just thrilled [about becoming a mom].”
“We’re experiencing high demand. . . . Thank you for your patience.” - A message on the Ticketmaster website after tickets to the Rolling Stones’s two shows at London’s O2 Arena sold out in seven minutes.