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Entertainment Bits: Huge box office for “Iron Man 3,” Mega Millions jackpot $139 million, “The Bible” TV epic gets new life

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“Iron Man 3” spectacular debut

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“Iron Man 3” is king of the weekend box office. The superhero threequel opened with the second biggest domestic debut ever — $175  million. In first place another Marvel flick, “The Avengers” which opened with $207.4 million last year.

In two weeks, “Iron Man 3” has taken in $680 million worldwide.  More on The Wrap.

Mega Millions jackpot hits $139 million

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A whole lot of green in the Mega Millions jackpot today. No one got lucky enough to pick all of the winning numbers in last Friday’s game — so the jackpot grew to $139 million. Here are Friday’s numbers: 2, 20, 34, 42, 54, and the Mega Ball 39. Two tickets held five of those numbers. One was bought locally at JJ Liquor  5442 Del Amo Boulevard, in Long Beach. That ticket is worth $133, 171.

The next Mega Millions draw is tomorrow.

Ever wonder what some of those multi-million dollar lottery winners do with all that dough? In 2007, Cynthia Stafford won $112 million in the Mega Millions lottery. Stafford started her own production company and is now making movies. More here.

History Channel’s “The Bible” heads for big screen

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The TV miniseries, “The Bible” made a big splash on the History Channel a few weeks back. Get this, 95 million people reportedly watched some or part of this series. Now the producers are going after an even bigger audience — by re-editing a portion of the series for the big screen.

I watched some of the series — thought it was okay. Found the production value to be mediocre, however, the huge number of viewers shows a great deal of interest in the Bible and its stories. More on Bloomberg Businessweek.

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