Sideshow: Tyler, the Creator, plays to sold-out crowd after arrest

"Mr. Peabody & Sherman" found themselves in the number-one weekend spot.
"Mr. Peabody & Sherman" found themselves in the number-one weekend spot. (DreamWorks)
Posted: March 18, 2014

Push comes to sell-out

Rapper Tyler, the Creator, played a sold-out show at Dallas' House of Blues just hours after being freed in connection with a misdemeanor charge of inciting a riot at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin. The Odd Future rapper (real name: Tyler Gregory Okonma) was arrested at Austin-Bergstrom Airport on Saturday. Inciting a riot carries a penalty of up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine.

Tyler, 23, was released Saturday after securing a $25,000 bond. Police say he incited a large crowd of fans to push past venue employees controlling access to an unofficial day party Thursday that was already at capacity. Officers at the scene said in a warrant that Tyler yelled twice for fans to push their way inside. Police released a video from the concert showing scores of fans bursting through a gate at the Scoot Inn in downtown Austin.

You go, dog!

Mr. Peabody & Sherman topped the weekend box office with $21.2 million in ticket sales. The animated feature had opened a week earlier at No. 2; it overtook last week's winner, 300: Rise of an Empire, which collected $19.1 million. Need for Speed opened at third with $17.8 million.

Tyler Perry's The Single Moms Club, the weekend's other new movie, was fifth behind Non-Stop, with $8.3 million. The Liam Neeson airliner thriller made $10.6 million.

Veronica Mars, with Kristen Bell in an adaptation of the TV series, took in $2 million at 291 theaters. It was funded with $5.7 million from 91,000 fans of the show through Kickstarter. Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel continued impressively with $3.6 million at just 66 theaters. Last week, it set an industry record of an average $200,000 per screen over three days in only four theaters.

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