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‘Boo! A Madea Halloween’ scares off ‘Inferno’ at North American box office

LOS ANGELES: Boo! A Madea Halloween" -- the latest installment in Tyler Perry's Madea comedy franchise -- beat out "Inferno" to top the North American box office for a second weekend, industry estimates showed Sunday. Lionsgate's "Boo!" -- in which Perry reprises his role as a tough-talking matriarch -- took in $16.7 million for a total of $52 million, box office tracker Exhibitor Relations said. "Inferno," the third installment of Sony's "Da Vinci Code" franchise, directed by Ron Howard, fizzled during its debut…

New Year stampede kills 35 in Shanghai

The crush happened in a crowded square shortly before midnight as people packed the Bund area to welcome the New Year, according to a local government statement. The Bund, renowned for its pre-Chinese revolution architecture, is the former financial district of the country's commercial hub and now a popular tourist destination, packed with high-end restaurants and expensive boutiques. The cause of the accident was under investigation, the statement said, adding city government leaders had called for "every effort" to care…