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Krrish 3 overtakes Chennai Express at box office

Plus: Lady Gaga tops British album chart; Mirren wins London theatre award; haron Stone: Aishwarya and Abhishek are generous; Junie B Jones author dies at 66.

A scene from Krrish 3, which has overtaken Chennai Express to become the highest-grossing Bollywood film. Courtesy Filmraft Productions (India)
A scene from Krrish 3, which has overtaken Chennai Express to become the highest-grossing Bollywood film. Courtesy Filmraft Productions (India)

Krrish 3 overtakes Chennai Express at box office

Hrithik Roshan’s Krrish 3 has pushed past Shah Rukh Khan’s Chennai Express at the box office to become the highest-grossing Bollywood film of all time. Aamir Khan’s 3 Idiots (2009), had stayed at the top as the all-time highest grosser for three years with a collection of 202 crore rupees (Dh119 billion). Earlier this year, SRK’s Chennai Express broke that record, raking in 227 crore rupees. Until Saturday, Krrish 3, which came out on November 1, had recorded a collection of 231 crore. – The National staff

Lady Gaga tops British album chart

Lady Gaga scored her third British No 1 album this week with ARTPOP, knocking Eminem off the top spot, the Official Charts Company said. Celine Dion and the British pop group Little Mix landed at No 3 and No 4 respectively. Gaga also entered the singles chart at No 9 with Do What U Want – a collaboration with R Kelly. The 17-year-old Dutch DJ Martin Garrix claimed the week’s best-selling single with his club hit Animals. The British singer Lily Allen returned to the music scene after a long absence, charting at No 2 with her version of the Keane song Somewhere Only We Know. – Reuters

Mirren wins London theatre award

Helen Mirren was named Best Actress for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in The Audience at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards on Sunday, while the Best Actor award was split between Rory Kinnear and Adrian Lester as the leads in Othello. “I’ve always felt playing her majesty, that it’s actually her majesty who’s winning the award and not me,” said Mirren. The award for Best Play on the London stage went to Lucy Kirkwood for Chimerica. A revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along, a flop on Broadway in 1981, was named Best Musical. – Reuters

Sharon Stone: Aishwarya and Abhishek are generous

The actress and producer Sharon Stone, who is in India for an Amfar (The Foundation for Aids Research) fund-raising event, says Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan are generous individuals. “Aishwarya had come to Cannes as she is the L’Oreal girl. It is very gracious of her to come here. I am looking forward to seeing the husband and wife. They are such generous people,” Stone told reporters before the event started. The Bollywood couple hosted the Amfar event on Sunday night. The gala was attended by the recording artist Ke$ha and the American designer and Amfar chairman Kenneth Cole. – The National staff

Barbara Park, Junie B Jones author, dies at 66

Barbara Park, a former class clown who channelled her irreverence into the million-selling mishaps of the grade schooler Junie B Jones in a popular series of children’s books, died on Friday after a long battle with ovarian cancer. She was 66. Starting in 1992, Park wrote more than 30 illustrated chapter books about the smart-mouthed girl with an ungrammatical opinion of everybody. “I don’t have a problem being 6 years old in my head,” Park once said. Her books sold more than 55 million copies just in North America, according to Random House. – AP

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