Skyscraper collapses in dramatic fashion at box office despite Rock-fuelled hype

Dwayne Johnson overload cited as one of the main reasons for the action blockbuster’s surprise defeat by Hotel Transylvania 3

The Rock may not be box-office platinum after all. Skyscraper, the latest putative blockbuster vehicle for the actor also known as Dwayne Johnson, has unexpectedly flopped on its US release, with an estimated box-office first weekend total of $25.5m, well beaten by kiddie animation Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation.

Related: Skyscraper review – The Rock towers over an inferno of cliches

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Shock over ruling that ‘brides of Christ’ need not be virgins

Consecrated virgins say they are disappointed by Vatican’s new guidance

Christian women who have pledged lifelong virginity as “brides of Christ” have expressed shock at a Vatican document which suggests that literal virginity is not a prerequisite for their consecration.

The Vatican’s new instruction on consecrated virginity, Ecclesiae Sponsae Imago, was published earlier this month after requests from bishops who reported an increasing number of women being called to the vocation.

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‘I’m tired of the suffering’: how poverty-stricken families struggle to survive in Nigeria | Isaac Linus

Families living on £1.50 a day or less tell of the hardships of life in the oil-rich nation, which now has the greatest concentration of extreme poverty

Nkechi John, 39, lives in a single room with her four children and husband, who is a welder. Their daily lives are fairly typical of people in poverty in Nigeria, which according to the Brookings Institution now has the world’s greatest number of extreme poor.

“Life is tough and everybody is complaining,” she says. “I used to sell akara [bean cake]. I could make around 1,000-1,200 naira [£2-£2.50] profit every day, but now I can’t even make 400 naira. People don’t have money to buy it because there are no jobs.

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Tube station renamed Gareth Southgate after World Cup run

Signage at Southgate station in north London changed for 48 hours to honour England coach

A London Underground station has been temporarily renamed for Gareth Southgate after he led England to their best World Cup performance since 1990.

The England manager’s forename has been added to signage on the platforms, in the ticket hall and outside the Grade II-listed Southgate station, in Enfield, north London, which will remain Gareth Southgate station for 48 hours.

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France to celebrate World Cup win with Paris victory parade

World Cup-winning squad will also have reception with French president following night of celebrations across country

The French football team will stage a World Cup victory parade in an open-top bus down Paris’s Champs-Élysées on Monday afternoon before a reception with the president, Emmanuel Macron, as commentators said the frenzied football celebrations marked a new kind of patriotism.

Related: France celebrates World Cup victory – in pictures

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