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Aquaman Just Topped Batman V Superman At U.S. Box Office, Could It Pass Wonder Woman?

Aquaman is the overall king of the DCEU, but not at the domestic box office. There’s now just one colleague left to conquer … and she may be out of his league.

Yep, Aquaman is still in theaters and it’s still breaking records. There was already a lot of back-patting when Aquaman had a strong opening overseas. There was more applause when it became the first DCEU movie to break $1 billion dollars. There was still more cheering — along with some surprise — when it managed to pass The Dark Knight Rises as the highest-grossing DC Comics movie ever.

But it wasn’t done!

James Wan’s movie just passed Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice at the domestic box office.

Aquaman has made $1,130,771,102 overall at this point, and that’s from $799,400,000 at the foreign box office and $331,371,102 at the domestic box office. Batman v Superman: BvS made $873,634,919, with $543,274,725 from the foreign box office and $330,360,194 at the domestic box office.

So you can see that Aquaman just now passed BvS at the domestic (U.S./Canada) box office, which is still the biggest market in the world. (China is inching closer at No. 2.)

Wonder Woman will be tough for Aquaman to beat on the domestic side. That film has a lower overall gross of $821,847,012, but a full $412,563,408 of that came from the domestic box office. That’s the most of any DCEU film, and even more than its foreign gross of $409,283,604.

If we’re just talking domestic box office, here are the current numbers via Box Office Mojo, not adjusted for inflation:

Wonder Woman: $412,563,408
Aquaman: $331,371,102
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice: $330,360,194
Suicide Squad: $325,100,054
Man of Steel: $291,045,518
Justice League: $229,024,295

So for Aquaman to pass Wonder Woman at the domestic box office, it has to make more than $81 million dollars from here. Is it possible?

Aquaman opened in theaters in late December, but here were are in mid-February and this past weekend it played in 1,264 theaters and made $1,885,000 at the domestic box office, placing #12 on the February 15-17, 2019 chart. That’s pretty impressive. And it’s not even counting money from anywhere it’s still playing overseas.

It’s hard to gauge what’s really possible for Aquaman from here, since the film has been underestimated this whole time. Ordinarily I’d say no, it’s not likely to pass Wonder Woman‘s U.S. total, but … maybe.

Warner Bros. is apparently moving forward with a sequel to Aquaman, with or possibly without director James Wan. There’s also talk of a spinoff following The Trench. The other day, Aquaman himself, Jason Momoa, got crazy excited about something DC-related, and went screaming down the DC office hallways. Is he excited for the sequel? Maybe he saw his paycheck for the next movie. Either way, we’ll stay on top of the box office numbers, and all future details on DCEU movies. For now, keep up with what’s headed to theaters this year with our 2019 movie release calendar.

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‘Game of Thrones’ Star Lena Headey Says Refusing Harvey Weinstein’s Advances Hurt Her Career

By now, the word’s out about Harvey Weinstein: Actresses’ stories about former Hollywood heavyweight producer allegedly harassing and assaulting them helped catalyze the #MeToo movement’s 2017 shift into high gear. What played out would not only expose and take down Weinstein, who continues to deny the allegations, but many (many) other high-profile men. Now, Lena Headey, who plays ice queen Cersei Lannister on Game of Thrones, has talked in more detail about her experiences with Weinstein, alleging that he hurt her career for a decade.

Headey had previously opened up in an October 2017 series of tweets about her interactions with him. In 2005, she tweeted, he made a suggestive comment to her at the Venice Film Festival, which she laughed off. Some time after, she wrote, he asked her to come up to his hotel room to get a script. Her body, she wrote, “went into high alert,” and Headey said that she spoke up for herself: “I’m not interested in anything other than work, please don’t think I got in here with you for any other reason, nothing is going to happen.” He apparently became “furious,” and when his room key didn’t work, Headey wrote, he walked her back to the elevator, holding her arm tightly and telling her not to speak to anyone about it.

After these incidents, Headey says, she was virtually iced out of her career for almost a decade. She told The Sunday Times that refusing the advances she alleges meant she barely saw any roles from Miramax, the studio Weinstein co-founded.

“After he was discovered to be a slimeball, on a grander scale than me just knowing it, I did start thinking, ‘Fuck, maybe because I didn’t shag him, that’s impacted a decade of my working life,’ because I did two jobs for Miramax before those incidents, and after that there was nothing,” she told the newspaper.

A decade with little to no work is hard on anyone, but luckily Headey landed on her feet with one of the biggest roles on one of the biggest shows on television. Weinstein, on the other hand, has recently lost his defense lawyer and is due back in court March 7 for a pre-trial hearing after being indicted last May on charges of rape. His trial, which now includes five charges of sexual assault, is scheduled to begin in May.

Alita Box Office: The Battle Angel Does Much Better Than Expected

Made with a budget of $170 million, Robert Rodriguez Alita: Battle Angel brought out the pessimist in box office prognosticators in recent weeks. Even though the film got a mostly positive early reception, there were many in Hollywood who were ready to write it off as a flop. It turns out that they were a bit off the mark, however, as while the movie’s opening weekend numbers aren’t exactly “impressive,” the film definitely overperformed compared to expectations to take the number one spot away from Mike Mitchell’s The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part. Check out the full Top 10 below, and join me after for analysis!

1. Alita: Battle Angel*

$27,800,000 Total: $36,516,232

LW: N

THTRS: 3,790

2. The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part

$21,215,000 Total: $62,690,359

LW: 1

THTRS: 4,303

3. Isn’t It Romantic*

$14,210,000 Total: $20,455,347

LW: N

THTRS: 3,444

4. What Men Want

$10,920,000 Total: $36,150,328

LW: 2

THTRS: 2,912

5. Happy Death Day 2U*

$9,816,000 Total: $13,527,500

LW: N

THTRS: 3,207

6. Cold Pursuit

$6,000,000 Total: $21,122,332

LW: 3

THTRS: 2,630

7. The Upside

$5,590,000 Total: $94,197,031

LW: 4

THTRS: 2,781

8. Glass

$3,859,000 Total: $104,489,915

LW: 5

THTRS: 2,449

9. The Prodigy $3,150,065 Total: $11,015,539

LW: 6

THTRS: 2,530

10. Green Book

$2,751,000 Total: $65,756,401

LW: 7

THTRS: 1,618

Predictions suggested that Alita: Battle Angel might not top $25 million across its extended opening weekend – having been released on Wednesday night instead of Friday – but audiences demonstrated a lot more interest than that. The movie managed to not only top $25 million in the three day weekend alone, but it’s domestic total now stands at $36 million. Again, this isn’t exactly record-breaking, but few saw the ticket sales coming.

It’s also important to note that the film is also continuing to do very well overseas – and while it won’t be arriving in China until later this month, it has already made some serious cash abroad. We reported last Monday that Alita: Battle Angel had made $32 million during a fast start in foreign markets, and in the time since that number has nearly tripled. Thanks to those contributions, the global total for the manga adaptation has gone over the century mark and currently stands at $130.9 million. It still has a long way to go before it can be considered profitable, but right now it’s not a goal that will be totally impossible to reach. The next really huge global release will be Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck’s Captain Marvel, and that won’t be hitting cinemas until early March.

For what it’s worth, Alita: Battle Angel also seems to be getting a positive response from audiences – though the statistics suggesting this aren’t super scientific. Cinemascore surveys were apparently not distributed at screenings, but it does at the very least hold a 93% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes, and a 7.6 on IMDb. Will that lead to folks buying tickets to see it again, or influential watercooler chatter? It’s hard to say right now, and the full picture won’t be clear until this time next week.

It’s nice that Alita: Battle Angel did better than expected, but also important to note that this was overall a pretty dismal weekend for Hollywood (to say the least, 2019 is not off to a tremendous start). According to Box Office Mojo, the collective performances of all titles currently in theaters – both new and old – resulted in the worst President’s Day Weekend since 2004 (which had Peter Segal’s 50 First Dates as the big draw). In recent years we have seen mid-February become a stronger and stronger release window, with massive hits like Tim Miller’s Deadpool and Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther absolutely crushing in their debuts, but we saw none of that heat active in 2019.

Counterbalancing the action of Alita: Battle Angel, it appeared like Todd Strauss-Schulson’s Isn’t It Romantic was being set up to try and get the date movie crowd, but it turned out to not have a great deal of appeal and couldn’t beat out The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Brick in week number two. The box office stakes aren’t exactly as a high as they are for the Robert Rodriguez-James Cameron collaboration, as it surely cost a small fraction of the visual effects-heavy project, but one could also imagine that there was hope that the film would do better than a little over $20 million across a five-day holiday weekend.

Of course, things could be worse, as illustrated by Christopher Landon’s Happy Death Day 2U – which, editorially speaking, is a real bummer. The first Happy Death Day was a big hit when it came out, making a global total of $125.5 million against a $4.8 million budget in October 2017, but it looks like Universal Pictures and Blumhouse made a big mistake changing up the release season for the follow-up. On top of that, given the time loop narrative one might think that it would have done a lot better if its release had been timed to Groundhog Day, which would have meant that its only real competition would have been Catherine Hardwicke’s Miss Bala (which has been a box office dud and opened behind M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass in its fourth weekend). Estimates said that the sequel would make as much as $25 million during the holiday, but the final results were closer to half that. The movie has already made its $9 million budget back, and has a worldwide total of $25.3 million so far, but this is a disappointment when you think about what could have been (and the fact that it’s actually a really fun film that deserves to be completed with a trilogy capper).

On the superhero beat, it’s also noteworthy that two titles that have been lingering for weeks are now off of the Top 10. Both Peter Ramsey, Bob Persichetti, and Rodney Rothman’s Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse and James Wan’s Aquaman managed to maintain solid placement on the chart since coming out in mid-December, 2018 but the slate of new releases bumped them down to eleventh and twelfth, respectively. Combined they have made $514,092,006 domestically, and that’s a remarkable feat worth celebrating, and honestly kind of a nice spit in the face to anyone prognosticating the death of the comic book movie.

Coming up we have a pretty quiet weekend, with the only new wide release being Dean DeBlois’ How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World – the film that will end the trilogy that began nearly a full decade ago. How will it fare against the features that are already doing a nice job beating each other up? We’ll find out when the dust clears seven days from now, so join me again then!

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Chicago Police Investigating Whether Smollett Coordinated Alleged Attack

Chicago police want to again question Jussie Smollet, a star on the ‘Empire’ television show who says he was the victim of an attack.
Chicago police want to again question Jussie Smollet, a star on the ‘Empire’ television show who says he was the victim of an attack. Photo: Richard Shotwell/Associated Press

CHICAGO—Chicago police are investigating whether Jussie Smollett, the “Empire” television star who said he was attacked last month by two people yelling racial and gay epithets, coordinated the attack, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Police interviewed two men in recent days that they had initially described as potential suspects but then released without charging.

The two men are black and admitted to police that they had purchased a rope used in the alleged incident and were paid, according to another person familiar with the matter. One of the two men appeared on “Empire,” that person said.

Now, police are seeking to question Mr. Smollett again.

“He is not listed as an offender, we just have some information that we have to run by him,” said Chicago Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi on Sunday.

In a statement released by Mr. Smollett’s publicist, lawyers for the actor rejected allegations that he played a role in his attack.

“Nothing could be further from the truth and anyone claiming otherwise is lying,” the lawyers said.

The attorneys said one of the men was a personal trainer hired to help Mr. Smollett get ready for a music video.

They said Mr. Smollett will continue to cooperate with the investigation and anticipates being updated by police.

Mr. Smollett initially told police he was returning home from a nearby Subway sandwich shop early on Jan. 29 when he was approached by two men yelling epithets about his race and sexual orientation. He said the men hit him in the face, put a rope around his neck and poured an unknown chemical on him.

The attackers, Mr. Smollett later told police, also told him, “This is MAGA country,” a reference to “Make America Great Again,” a slogan popularized by President Trump.

Since then, investigators have reviewed hundreds of hours of security-camera footage while searching for evidence. They also focused on the rope said to have been used in the attack and identified the retailers who sell it.

Mr. Guglielmi, the police spokesman, said Mr. Smollett has been “very consistent” about his story when speaking with investigators.

Mr. Smollett spent time Thursday answering follow-up questions from police, according to a publicist for Mr. Smollett. He had discussed the alleged attack in interviews, providing additional details at times.

Write to Erin Ailworth at Erin.Ailworth@wsj.com and Douglas Belkin at doug.belkin@wsj.com

How Kyle MacLachlan Feels About Denis Villeneuve’s Dune Reboot

Kyle MacLachlan played Paul Atreides in the 1984 movie Dune, directed by David Lynch. It’s now a cult classic, but it was a massive flop at the box office, making roughly $31 million off a reported production budget over $40 million. Now director Denis Villeneuve is working on a Dune reboot, putting together an incredible A-list cast for the film’s release in 2020. What does MacLachlan think about this latest attempt to adapt Frank Herbert’s novel for the big screen? Here’s what he said:

Yes, as Kyle MacLachlan told AM to DM, Dune is a story that doesn’t have to be told in one film. Denis Villeneuve has already said he plans to make multiple films. Last year, Frank Herbert’s son Brian said he had just received a draft of the Dune screenplay for the first movie, which covers about half of the novel.

Timothée Chalamet was the first star to be named for the 2020 movie, and he’ll be playing Paul Atreides. Kyle MacLachlan said “He’ll be great,” and had this classic quip when asked if he had any advice for the young star when playing Paul:

He knew not everyone would get that reference, but Dune fans enjoyed it.

It was just announced that Dune will open in theaters — including IMAX and 3D — on November 20, 2020. Considering the early interest in the film, and the talent that has been attracted so far, I’m guessing other films will want to stay away from that release date.

Denis Villeneuve’s growing Dune cast is said to include Timothée Chalamet as Paul Atreides; Rebecca Ferguson as Jessica Atreides; Oscar Isaac as Duke Leto; Zendaya as Chani; Javier Bardem as Stilgar; Josh Brolin as Gurney Halleck; Dave Bautista as Glossu Rabban; Stellan Skarsgård as Vladimir Harkonnen; Charlotte Rampling as Reverend Mother Mohiam; and Jason Momoa recently announced to be in talks to play Duncan Idaho.

There are so many stars in this cast, they could slip Kyle MacLachlan in for a cameo and it might take fans several viewings to even notice.

Denis Villeneuve has said his Dune will be very different from David Lynch’s 1984 version. He also said his goal was to make two Dune films, “maybe more.” According to Variety, production is expected to start this spring in Budapest and Jordan.

Lili Reinhart Opens Up About Her Battle With Anxiety and Depression

Lili Reinhart continues to speak out about mental health—and on Friday, February 15, she got even more personal as a way to encourage others to seek help when they need it. The Riverdale star opened up about her battle with anxiety and depression, sharing on a series of honest and open Instagram Stories that she’s re-entering therapy.

“Friendly reminder for anyone who needs to hear it: Therapy is never something to feel ashamed of,” Reinhart wrote in a series of Stories. “Everyone can benefit from seeing a therapist. Doesn’t matter how old or ‘proud’ you’re trying to be.”

“We are all human. And we all struggle,” she added in a next series of posts. “Don’t suffer in silence. Don’t be embarrassed to ask for help.”

“I’m 22. I have anxiety and depression,” the actress continued. “And today I started therapy again.”

“And so the journey of self-love begins for me,” Reinhart wrote next, wrapping up the series. “Good luck to you on yours.”

This isn’t the first time the actress has spoken about her struggle with mental health. In December, she announced she’d be taking a break from Twitter to get away from all the negativity. “Taking a break from that toxic site and the people on it who feel the need to attack me, my cast mates, my relationship, and Riverdale,” she wrote at the time.

Since then, she’s made her return to the social-media platform but hasn’t been as active—though a post or two about boyfriend Cole Sprouse have definitely snuck in her feed.

In the past, Reinhart has also been very open about other personal insecurities, including her struggles with body image and acne. “Sometimes I feel like I look like shit. Sometimes I don’t want to talk to anyone. And I’m allowed to have those days,” she told Glamour in November. “I’m not going to apologize for that.”

Mary Poppins Returns’ Oscars Song Will Be Performed By An Unexpected Star

Grab some tissues and prepare to cry (again) through “The Place Where Lost Things Go” from Mary Poppins Returns. The nominated song will be performed at the 2019 Oscars, but not by Emily Blunt. We already knew that, and we knew the Academy teased that “a surprise special guest” would be singing the beautiful tune instead.

Many fans guessed it would be Julie Andrews, the original Mary Poppins, despite Andrews not having any connection to Mary Poppins Returns (and instead having a cameo in competitor Aquaman). Also, Andrews, who is now 83, had complications after vocal cord surgery and hasn’t done as much singing since then.

Instead, the surprise special guest revealed the news herself last night:

“Wind Beneath My Wings” singer Bette Midler has won three Grammy Awards, four Golden Globes, three Emmy Awards, and two Tony Awards. She was also nominated for the Best Actress Oscar twice — for The Rose in 1980 and in 1992 for For the Boys. She should be able to do the Mary Poppins Returns song justice.

The Oscars has seen many controversies this year, including for the Best Original Song category. Initially, to shorten the ceremony, The Academy planned to only have two of the five nominated songs performed live — “Shallow” from A Star is Born, and “All the Stars” from Black Panther. That was met with plenty of backlash, and the Academy reversed the decision. Now all of the five nominees will be heard — those three, plus “I’ll Fight” from RBG, and “When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings” from The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.

“The Place Where Lost Things Go” from Mary Poppins Returns has nominations for Marc Shaiman’s music, and the lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. According to Variety, Bette Midler is a longtime friend of composer-lyricist Marc Shaiman, and he’s expected to accompany her on piano at the Oscars.

In CinemaBlend’s ranking of Mary Poppins Returns songs, “The Place Where Lost Things Go” was picked as #1 — for the way Emily Blunt’s Mary subtly and beautifully sings of the children’s loss in a lullaby.

It’s a shame Emily Blunt wasn’t nominated for an Oscar for her performance, and also sad that she won’t be performing this song herself. There has been no explanation for why Blunt isn’t performing the song — did she say she’d prefer not to? — but now we know the song is in the capable hands of Bette Midler.

The 91st Academy Awards will all be awarded live, and songs will be sung, on Sunday, February 24 at 8 p.m. on ABC. Mary Poppins Returns is expected to release on DVD/Blu-ray/Digital in March.

James Wan Agrees The New Conjuring Universe Toys Are Pretty Awesome

The Conjuring Universe has become a breeding ground for horror films and monsters, and it’s now one of the most successful modern franchises. However, the true sign of success for any blockbuster is whether it has cool toys or not, and The Conjuring just got two very cool new additions. The Nun and The Crooked Man, who both appeared in The Conjuring 2, are going to be available in toy form — and director James Wan is very excited about it.

Toy Fair 2019 was this weekend in New York City, which means that tons of new toys are on display. This usually involves a lot of figures based on movies, and sometimes you can even get a first look at costumes for an upcoming movie. Brands like Marvel and Star Wars usually have a big presence at the Toy Fair, but there’s lots of other things for toy fans to ogle.

Case in point, NECA unveiled the first look at a line of toys based on The Conjuring universe. The toys are scheduled to appear later this year and so far only two figures have been revealed: The Nun and the Crooked Man. Both of the monsters appeared in The Conjuring 2, with The Nun even getting her own spinoff film. A spinoff for the Crooked Man was previously announced to be in development.

The figures look super cool and capture the creepiness of the monsters, and you can check them out yourself right here, as shared on Twitter:

I especially like the Crooked Man, with his thin body, long limbs, and glasses on top of his hat. It looks like James Wan is in agreement with me. The director tweeted that he was “in” for a line of Conjuring collectibles. He also hoped that there would be figures of Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga), the ghost hunters who star in The Conjuring movies.

So far, only these two collectibles have been revealed thus far. However, one would figure that there will be one of Annabelle soon enough. Annabelle is a possessed doll who has starred in two Conjuring spin-offs with a third on the way. Plus given how often The Conjuring universe creates memorable monsters that expand the franchise, there will likely be more to come in the future.

As for The Conjuring franchise as a whole, there are a few different projects in the works. Annabelle 3 is scheduled for release in theaters on July 3, with Gary Dauberman as director. The Crooked Man spinoff has no director attached to it at the moment. The Conjuring 3 is also in the works — currently scheduled for release September 11, 2020 — but it won’t be directed by James Wan. He’s passing the reins over to Michael Chaves, the director of the upcoming The Curse of La Llorona.

For more updates on The Conjuring Universe, be sure to keep it right here at CinemaBlend.

Alita: Battle Angel Is Overperforming, But How Much Does It Need To Break Even?

Alita: Battle Angel has overperformed compared to its box office expectations. Originally anticipated to only pull in a little over $20 million this weekend domestically, the movie is now expected to bring in a 3-day total of nearly $28 million – and that’s only in North America. But how much does the movie need to make to start pulling in a profit for Fox? We explore below.

In addition to the $27.8 million Alita: Battle Angel has landed this weekend, in the U.S. it’s actually a long weekend thanks to the President’s Day holiday landing on Monday. Since the weather isn’t great out in a lot of parts of the country and people are excited enough to be going to the movies, the expectation is that the 5-day total for Alita: Battle Angel will be at around $41.7 million.

Prior to Sunday’s numbers, the flick has made $36.5 million domestically, including its early Valentine’s day open ahead of the weekend, according to Box Office Mojo.

The good news doesn’t end there. There was always the hope that Alita: Battle Angel would do well overseas and estimates for the international box office now have the flick pinpointed at $136 million in worldwide markets so far.

Deadline reports that Alita: Battle Angel will need to make $500 million or more in order to start being profitable for Fox. That number is factoring in the movie’s alleged $200 million budget (shaved down to $170 million with tax credits). It’s also factoring in advertising and the fact that studios share movie ticket profits with theaters—and elsewhere in the world the studios rake in a much smaller percentage of the box office intake.

Figuring out revenue versus profit is complicated math even when you have the numbers right in front of you, and we don’t. So it’s hard to tell if guesstimates will pan out. Still, Alita: Battle Angel should prove to be an interesting case at the box office. From these early numbers, it’s certainly not going to be the giant flop the naysayers predicted.

Whether or not it becomes a middling movie or a big win remains to be seen. In all likelihood, if this one does well it will have some tidy domestic numbers and some huge worldwide numbers to thank. We’ll be sure to keep you posted the rest of the way. At the end of the day, though, this weekend was expected to be a tight race between Isn’t It Romantic, Happy Death Day 2U and Alita: Battle Angel. It doesn’t look as if that is the case, as this weekend was full of surprises.

To see how the weekend box office fared domestically this weekend, stay tuned. For now, be sure to check out what will be competing with Alita: Battle Angel in the weeks to come with our full movies release guide. Plus, take a look at what James Cameron had to say about the possibility of the sequel for Alita.

Prince Harry and Prince William Are Reportedly Splitting Up the Royal Household Soon

It looks like the Royal Fab Four are officially splitting up—professionally, that is. The Sunday Times reported on Saturday that Prince Harry and Prince William are set to split their royal household very soon—as in, right before the arrival of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s baby in the spring.

The Duke of Cambridge, a.k.a. Prince William, and the Duke of Sussex, a.k.a. Prince Harry, have shared a household for 10 years, but since they’re both married now and have different royal responsibilities, the brothers will create separate courts, offices, and staff to handle their affairs. It makes sense, honestly—that’s a lot going on for each of them, not to mention the work that Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle each do too.

Admittedly, the division comes amid rumors that Middleton and Markle have a tense relationship—but the royals’ plan to separate has reportedly been in the works since before the royal wedding in May. It makes sense: Each couple has a growing family, and it makes sense each would need their own space to carry out their duties.

“William and Harry are working to make sure the Sussexes have an office that can support their family when they move to Frogmore this spring. This work has been underway since before last year’s wedding,” a source told The Sunday Times.

Plus, Prince Will will eventually become Prince of Wales, which will make managing both royals a complicated task. “When William becomes the Prince of Wales, he will take on a lot of extra responsibility, including the Duchy of Cornwall,” the source added. “Harry and Meghan have none of that and seem ambitious about forging their own paths.”

Prince Harry and Markle have been living in Nottingham Cottage—next door to Prince William and Middleton—on the grounds of Kensington Palace, but will soon be moving to Frogmore Cottage in Windsor. In November, Kensington Palace confirmed the news and revealed the move would happen sometime in 2019 as the house was undergoing extensive renovations. It has special meaning for the couple, too: Frogmore Cottage faces the grounds of Frogmore House, where Prince Harry and Markle had their wedding reception and where their engagement pictures were taken.

There’s good news, though: The Fab Four will definitely still be out and about together. Though some of their royal duties differ, both families will continue to work with the Royal Foundation, which supports charities that focus on veterans, mental health, and more. New year, new royal households—can’t argue with it, honestly.