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Los Angeles (AFP) - "Star Trek Beyond" boldly went to the top of the box office in its weekend debut, sending "The Secret Life of Pets" to the doghouse in the number two spot. Paramount's "Star Trek Beyond," the latest installment in the 50-year-old franchise, beamed up $59.6 million in gross receipts, according to estimates released by industry tracker Exhibitor Relations on Sunday. In the epic science-fiction adventure directed by Justin Lin, the crew of the USS Enterprise crash-land on a hostile planet and must find a way to escape from the villain Krall.
Many thousands of Turks massed Sunday for the first cross-party rally to condemn the coup attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, amid a purge of suspected state enemies. Istanbul's Taksim square was transformed into a red sea of national flags as Erdogan's ruling Islamic-conservatives and the opposition secular camps briefly set aside their differences in a show of national unity. Despite the high tensions since the coup attempt, the mood at the Istanbul rally was strongly patriotic.