The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. It took the return of Will Smith after a four-year film hiatus to knock The Avengers out of the top spot at the box office. That said, Men in Black III’s $55 million opening weekend is reportedly a disappointment for Sony, who spent about $325 million to make and market the movie. [via ArtsBeat]

2. Meanwhile, Wes Anderson’s latest, Moonrise Kingdom, which debuted in just four theaters nationwide, broke the art-house per screen box office record set by Brokeback Mountain back in 2005. [via HitFix]

3. Judging by this rehearsal footage from her new tour, Madonna still hasn’t gotten over the fact that Lady Gaga ripped off “Express Yourself” on “Born This Way.”

4. Justin Bieber is being investigated for criminal battery after he allegedly hit a paparazzo who was blocking his car while trying to snap a photo of the pint-sized pop star and his girlfriend Selena Gomez. Is it just us, or do you imagine him screaming “I’m 18 years old and I’m a swaggy adult!” as he popped the guy? [via Gawker]

5. The crypt where Elvis Presley’s body was kept for two months before he was buried at Graceland is going up for auction, with bidding set to start at $100,000, a price that includes “a memorial inscription, use of the chapel for a service, and the opening and closing of the vault and crypt for burial.” [via Rolling Stone]

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