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Hurricane Dorian Updates: ‘Catastrophic’ Storm May Come ‘Dangerously Close’ to Florida

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The storm made landfall in the Bahamas as a Category 5 hurricane, with sustained winds in excess of 180 miles per hour.CreditCreditMark Hall and Christopher Hall, via Reuters

As Hurricane Dorian struck the Abaco Islands in the northwestern Bahamas on Sunday, the National Hurricane Center said that the maximum sustained winds around the eye of the “extremely dangerous” storm had reached 185 miles an hour, making it a “catastrophic” storm with “devastating winds.”

At 8 p.m. Eastern time, the storm was moving slowly — just 5 miles an hour — across Great Abaco Island toward Grand Bahama Island. Forecasters said it would continue to lash those islands into Monday. Storm surges of as much as 18 to 23 feet were possible, enough to swamp many low-lying areas of the islands, and as much as 25 inches of rain could fall before the storm passes.

The hurricane center warned that no one should venture outdoors into the eye of the storm.

“The hurricane will move dangerously close to the Florida east coast late Monday through Tuesday night,” the hurricane center said.

A hurricane warning was issued for the Florida coast from near Jupiter to near Titusville, with hurricane or tropical storm watches posted for additional stretches of coast to either side and for Lake Okeechobee. A storm surge warning was posted from Lantana, near Boca Raton, to near Titusville, with watches posted on either side. Storm surge along the Florida coast could reach 4 to 7 feet in places, forecasters said.

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Maps tracking the hurricane’s path as it makes its way toward Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas.

Hurricane-force winds extend 45 miles outward from the center of the storm, the center said, with tropical storm-force winds as much as 140 miles outward.

The center said on Sunday that there were wind gusts exceeding 220 miles an hour — three times the wind speed to qualify as a hurricane. Officials said the storm was the strongest on record in the Bahamas and one of the most intense in the Atlantic in the last century.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration posted images on Twitter of “stadium effect” — the wall of clouds surrounding the storm’s circular eye — taken from a hurricane tracking aircraft.

Hurricane Dorian aimed its fury at the northern reaches of the Bahamas archipelago on Sunday, sending residents scrambling to find shelter as they braced for rising waters and torrential rains.

Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said Saturday that 73,000 residents and 21,000 homes would be affected by the storm.

[ Read more about the impact of the storm in the Bahamas. ]

The Bahamas prides itself on withstanding powerful storms, but this hurricane brings greater dangers than most. Meteorologists warned of a storm surge that would raise water levels as much as 18 feet to 23 feet above normal, as well as the possibility of more than two feet of rainfall in some areas. Much of the island nation is low-lying, and some areas could be completely flooded.

“We will pray and hope for the best, but plan for the worst,” Michael Pintard, the Bahamian minister of agriculture, said in a text message on Saturday evening.

Louby Georges, director of international affairs for Human Rights Bahamas, said people on Great Abaco Island, in the direct path of the eye, were growing desperate as the storm bore down on them.

“People are sending voice notes, people are crying,” he said. “You can hear people hollering in the background.”

He said the shelters on the island were full and that many poorer residents had taken refuge in churches in Marsh Harbour. But he was worried that the churches, which were not on official lists of shelters to receive food and water, may run out of supplies.

“My guy at St. Francis Church said there is no drinking water,” Mr. Georges said in a telephone interview from Nassau, the capital. “There are no trained emergency personnel with them.”

There was concern that some would try to brave the storm in homes that could not withstand so powerful a storm. “Some people are saying that they’re not going to go because they have nowhere to go,” Frankie Fleuridor, an activist who works with Haitians living on Great Abaco, said on Saturday. “It’s tough for people in the shantytowns,” he said.

Mr. Fleuridor said that he had rented hotel rooms for the most vulnerable people, but could not afford to do more. “I’m maxed out,” he said.

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A baby slept in a shelter in Freeport, Bahamas, on Sunday. Dorian made landfall in the Bahamas with sustained winds of 185 miles an hour.CreditRamon Espinosa/Associated Press

Forecasters expect the storm to creep nearer to the coast of Florida through Monday and then swing northward, paralleling the mainland coast. Though it may not make landfall all week if it follows that track, its strong winds and heavy rains, storm surge and punishing surf could still have the potential to do major damage in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas.

The National Hurricane Center posted a hurricane watch on Sunday for the Florida coast from Deerfield Beach to the Brevard-Volusia county line north of Titusville, meaning that hurricane-force winds are expected there within 48 hours. A tropical storm warning extends north from there to Sebastien Inlet, and storm watches were posted for Lake Okeechobee and for the coast south of Deerfield Beach to Golden Beach.

“Heavy rains, capable of producing life-threatening flash floods, are possible,” the center said.

Dennis Alexander at his home on Tybee Island, Ga. He and his wife Shirley White are planning to evacuate.CreditAudra Melton for The New York Times

Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida warned on Sunday that while forecasts now suggested that Hurricane Dorian may veer north offshore, a slight nudge could bring its powerful eye to landfall somewhere along Florida’s Atlantic coast.

“We’ve got to prepare for that eventuality,” Governor DeSantis said, speaking from the state’s emergency operations in Tallahassee, the capital. He was surrounded by a small group of grim-faced public officials.

Even if the storm stays offshore, the state will probably still experience dangerous storm surge and some flooding. At least four counties have begun evacuating coastal communities, with several more expected to follow soon. Mr. DeSantis suspended tolls on a number of major highways to facilitate the movement of coastal residents inland.

Mr. DeSantis sought to put Dorian’s sustained winds of 185 m.p.h in perspective: “That’s significantly stronger than Hurricane Andrew, which reached landfall at 165 m.p.h. It’s significantly stronger than Hurricane Michael, 160 mp.h. South Florida has had one hurricane in our history — the Labor Day Hurricane of 1935 — that reached that level, and that was total destruction. The strength of this storm cannot be underestimated.”

Kevin Rosas, 6, waits for his father, Jose, to buy a generator on Sunday in Lakeland, Fla.CreditEve Edelheit for The New York Times

Buddy Dyer, the mayor of Orlando, declared a state of emergency for the city on Sunday afternoon, as the 2 p.m. forecast from the National Hurricane Center showed the city still within the “cone” of places where the storm’s eye may go.

Residents of Orange County had picked up more than 187,000 sandbags by Sunday, which was 67,000 more than were handed out for Hurricane Irma. Jerry Demings, the mayor of Orange County, took that as a sign that people were taking Hurricane Dorian seriously, which he said was vital.

Mr. Demings said he remained “cautiously optimistic” that the storm would spare Orlando the worst of its wrath, but that it is “still a massive storm that is somewhat unpredictable.”

Orange County opened shelters at 8 a.m. Sunday, and about 50 people arrived during the day, according to State Representative Anna Eskamani.

Lisa Simpson grew up on Merritt Island and has evacuated twice, including in 2004 for Hurricane Ivan. She said she just moved into a condo this year in the coastal city of Titusville and doesn’t know how well it will weather the storm, so she planned to head inland to stay with a friend in Orlando. She said she had a week’s worth of clothes packed in her car and was considering leaving Sunday night with her pet Shih Tzu, Gizmo.

She said she was worried about her brother, who was determined to say on Merritt Island and ride out the storm with some friends.

“Dude, this is a 5, don’t mess around with it,” she said she told her brother. “You’re going to be without power for who knows how many days.”

If the storm isn’t too bad, she said, she planned to make a vacation out of her trip. But Ms. Simpson is also prepared in case the storm keeps her and her friend from venturing outside: she bought a bottle of wine.

One of the Florida counties ordering evacuations on Sunday was Palm Beach County, which ordered the evacuation of residences in low-lying and coastal areas of the county, including the barrier island where Mar-a-Lago, Mr. Trump’s private club and favorite winter destination, is located. The order took effect at 1 p.m. Eastern time and also includes areas with vulnerable types of residential construction, like mobile home parks.

The eastern half of the county is included in a long stretch of the Florida coast now under a hurricane watch, indicating that Hurricane Dorian’s hurricane-force winds are expected within 48 hours.

“If you choose not to evacuate to a shelter, please evacuate miles, not hundreds of miles,” the county said. “With the unpredictable nature of Hurricane Dorian, evacuating north is not recommended.”

Experts can see Hurricane Dorian’s compact eye and near-circular symmetry clearly in satellite images, signifying a ferocious storm. What is much harder for them to discern is whether the storm will it be a disaster for the United States?

Computer models on Sunday showed a range of possible tracks Dorian could follow, with landfall in Florida, Georgia or the Carolinas, or nowhere. And if the hurricane does make landfall, its intensity at that point — whether it will still be a Category 5 or substantially weaker — is equally uncertain.

So nearly the entire southeast coast of the United States, from South Florida through the Carolinas, is at risk — but in the end, many of those places may well see little or no impact. How should all the people along this long coastline deal with this confusing, indefinite forecast?

Adam Sobel, a professor at Columbia University and director of the Initiative on Extreme Weather and Climate, explains why meteorologists must speak in probabilities, not certainties, and focus on the worst-case scenarios rather than the best cases.

It comes down to this: It is better to over-warn than to under-warn. An alarm that turns out to have been needless is just an annoyance, but an alarm that was needed but never issued can have deadly consequences.

A worker installed plywood over windows in Miami Beach on Saturday in preparation for Hurricane Dorian.CreditJohnny Milano for The New York Times

Families arrived in Orlando this weekend carrying Disney-themed suitcases, wearing Mickey Mouse ears and closely monitoring Hurricane Dorian’s path as they plowed ahead with long-planned vacations to Walt Disney World.

The theme park complex is mostly operating normally, though its Blizzard Beach Water Park was closed as a precaution on Sunday.

Cierra and Louis Gosselin, who live in Bermuda, booked their nine-day vacation at Disney World more than seven months ago for their wedding anniversary and were especially excited to visit Galaxy Edge, a new Star Wars-themed section of Disney World that opened on Thursday.

The couple has been keeping a close eye on the latest hurricane models and said they were hopeful Dorian would not have much effect on their visit. But just in case, they rented a car and are ready to evacuate if necessary.

“I think we’re a little less intimidated because we live in Bermuda,” said Ms. Gosselin, an accounting consultant. “We’re more accustomed to the hurricanes, and we know what to do.”

She joked that her biggest fear was that the park’s replica of the Millennium Falcon, the Star Wars spacecraft, would be swept up by the storm.

Daniel and Kristin Russell arrived in Orlando on Saturday from Grand Rapids, Mich., with their 4-year-old daughter, who was particularly excited for the “Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party” event.

Mr. Russell said the family had considered canceling, but decided to go ahead with the trip when forecasts began to indicate that the hurricane may not make landfall in Florida.

“We had lots of friends and family that told us it might not be good to go, but we kept watching it, and we don’t think it’s going to be a problem now,” he said.

Some visitors were getting out just in time. Inside the Orlando International Airport, the Magic of Disney store was bustling with people snagging one more souvenir before boarding a plane home. They tried on hats with Minnie Mouse’s signature red and white polka dots, and perused Disney-themed oven mitts, stuffed animals and R2-D2 mugs.

Parkgoers head into Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., on Sunday ahead of Hurricane Dorian’s potential landfall.CreditJohnny Milano for The New York Times

With forecasters now expecting the storm to move north up the coast before making landfall, the governors of North and South Carolina have declared states of emergency, adding to those already declared in all of Florida and in 12 counties in Georgia.

“North Carolinians should prepare, and listen to local leaders for updates on severe weather. Please take the time now to prepare for possible effects of #Dorian,” Gov. Roy Cooper wrote in a Twitter message Saturday night. Several hours earlier, Gov. Henry McMaster of South Carolina told his state’s residents not to take the storm lightly.

“Given the strength and unpredictability of the storm, we must prepare for every possible scenario,” Mr. McMaster said in a statement. “State assets are being mobilized now and Team South Carolina is working around the clock to be ready, if necessary. We encourage all South Carolinians who may be impacted by Hurricane Dorian to be vigilant and prepare now — there is no reason for delay.”

The National Hurricane Center said some tracking models suggest that the storm may make landfall near Cape Fear, N.C., on Thursday or Friday. Though its winds are expected to have weakened somewhat, the storm could still lash the coastline with winds of up to 80 miles an hour, and could dump as much as 10 inches of rain on coastal areas of North Carolina.

Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs reported from Orlando and Cocoa, Fla., Patricia Mazzei from Miami, and Patrick J. Lyons from New York. Elisabeth Malkin contributed reporting from Mexico City and Timothy Williams from New York.

An earlier version of this briefing misspelled the surname of the prime minister of the Bahamas. He is Hubert Minnis, not Innis.

An earlier version misstated the name of Lisa Simpson’s dog. He is Gizmo, not Gomez.

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Hurricane Dorian strikes Bahamas: Homes severely damaged, cars overturned, power lines down

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Homes are missing parts of their roofs. Power lines have been downed. Cars have been smashed and overturned. Floodwaters are rushing through the streets of an unidentified town at nearly the height of a car roof. This is just the beginning of the storm damage in the Bahamas.

Hurricane Dorian, with nearly unprecedented strength, struck the northern Bahamas as a catastrophic Category 5 storm Sunday, as hundreds hunkered down in schools, churches and shelters.

The 185 mph winds have made it the second-strongest storm in the Atlantic Ocean since 1950.

Dorian slammed into Elbow Cay in the Abaco Islands at 12:40 p.m., and then made a second landfall near Marsh Harbour on Great Abaco Island at 2 p.m., after officials made last-minute pleas for those in low-lying areas to evacuate.

“Catastrophic conditions” were reported in the Abaco Islands, with a storm surge of 18-23 feet, and Dorian was expected to cross Grand Bahama later in the day “with all its fury,” hurricane officials said.

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The hurricane was moving to the west at 5 mph.

In some parts of Abaco, “you cannot tell the difference as to the beginning of the street versus where the ocean begins,” Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said.

He called it “probably the most sad and worst day of my life to address the Bahamian people,” as the Nassau Guardian reported.

Earlier, Minnis had warned that anyone who did not evacuate was “in extreme danger and can expect a catastrophic consequence.”

The government opened 14 shelters across the Bahamas. Dozens ignored evacuation orders, officials said.

“The end could be fatal,” Assistant Police Commissioner Samuel Butler said. “We ask you, we beg you, we plead with you to get to a place of safety.”

Dorian could affect as many as 73,000 residents and 21,000 homes.

The archipelago has been no stranger to hurricanes. Homes are required to have metal reinforcements for roof beams to withstand winds into the upper limits of a Category 4 hurricane, and compliance is generally tight for those who can afford it. Risks are higher in poorer neighborhoods, with wooden homes in low-lying areas.

After the Bahamas, the slow-crawling storm is forecast to turn sharply and skirt toward the U.S. coast, staying just off Florida and Georgia on Tuesday and Wednesday and then buffeting South Carolina and North Carolina on Thursday.

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The National Hurricane Center issued a hurricane watch for Florida’s East Coast from Deerfield Beach north to the Volusia and Brevard county line.

The same area was put under a storm surge watch. Lake Okeechobee was under a tropical storm watch.

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National Weather Service corrects Trump on Hurricane Dorian: ‘Alabama will not see any impacts’

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1 wounded in Indiana Walmart shooting; 2 in custody

A shooting Sunday at a Walmart in Hobart, Indiana, wounded one person and two others were in custody, police announced.

“There are two suspects in custody and weapons have been recovered from the scene,” the Hobart Police Department wrote in a Facebook post.

The post also said the victim was in stable condition and was being rushed to a nearby hospital. It’s unclear whether the suspects knew the person who was shot.

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A shooting injured one person at a Walmart in Hobart, Indiana. (Google Street View)

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“Walmart has been evacuated and the scene is secure and is being processed as a crime scene at this time,” the post added.

No further details were released with police saying the investigation was in its “infancy” and that the Walmart was evacuated.

Police said there was no threat to the public.

The Indiana shooting came one day after a man went on a shooting rampage in West Texas, killing seven people and wounding 22 others in the area of Odessa and Midland, Texas.

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On August 3, a gunman opened fire in a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, killing 22 people and injuring over 20 others. The next day, in Dayton, Ohio, a shooter killed 9 people and injured dozens in 32 seconds.

Hobart is about an hour’s drive southeast of Chicago.

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Houston Astros’ Justin Verlander pitches 3rd career no-hitter

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Justin Verlander is reaching legendary status.

The Houston Astros star pitched his third career no-hitter, becoming just the sixth pitcher in major league history to throw at least three no-hitters. It all went down Sunday in Toronto against the Blue Jays.

The right-hander became the first pitcher to throw two no-hitters as a visitor in the same park — he also threw one at Rogers Centre in 2011 with Detroit. His other no-no was in 2007 for the Tigers against Milwaukee.

He punctuated a dominant season by striking out 14 to lead the Houston Astros past the Toronto Blue Jays 2-0 on Sunday.

Verlander allowed only one runner, with Cavan Biggio drawing a one-out walk in the first inning. The Blue Jays, with a lineup full of young, aggressive batters, never came close to a hit.

“I can’t put it into words,” Verlander said, moments after the final out.

The 36-year-old Verlander joined Nolan Ryan (seven), Sandy Koufax (four) and Bob Feller, Cy Young and 1880s-era Larry Corcoran (three) in rarefied air on the no-hitter list.

“Some of the guys I’ve idolized,” Verlander said.

It came after a series of close calls over the years.

Verlander lost a no-hit try in the eighth inning late in 2011, had bids broken in the ninth in 2012 and 2015 and had another attempt spoiled last May in the seventh by Jose Abreu of the White Sox.

“I’ve come so close to the third one so many times,” Verlander said.

On this afternoon, he brought it home. Verlander threw a season-high 120 pitches, mixing a fastball that reached the upper 90s mph with a sharp curve.

Verlander retired the last 26 hitters in a row. But, he still needed help because the game was scoreless going into the last inning — according to baseball rules, Verlander had to pitch a complete game to get credit for a no-hitter.

That’s when Canadian-born rookie Abraham Toro stepped up for the AL West leaders. The Astros newcomer hit a two-out, two-run homer in the ninth inning off Ken Giles (2-3) that cleared the way for Verlander to complete the no-hitter.

Toro made a routine play on Bo Bichette’s grounder to third base for the last out.

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Verlander joked the 22-year-old Toro, playing just his eighth game in the majors, was in for quite a nice reward.

This was the fourth no-hitter in the majors this year. The last one was by the Astros, too, a combined effort from Aaron Sanchez, Will Harris, Joe Biagini and Chris Devenski (9) against Seattle on Aug. 3.

Oakland’s Mike Fiers and a tandem effort by Taylor Cole and Felix Pena of the Angels accounted for this year’s other gems.

Verlander (17-5) is tied for the big league lead in wins. He tops the majors in strikeouts (257) and innings (193) and leads the AL with a 2.56 ERA.

With the crowd of 24,104 getting to its feet to begin the ninth, Verlander retired Brandon Drury on an easy grounder and struck out Reese McGuire.

After that second out, catcher Robinson Chirinos went to the mound for a quick visit with Verlander. The count went full on Bichette, who fouled off a pitch before hitting a bouncer to Toro.

Verlander took a couple of hops toward first as he watched Toro field the ball, saw the throw on target and then began the celebration in the middle of the diamond.

Not bad for an ace who was ejected in his previous start. Verlander was tossed last Tuesday at home shortly after a close pitch didn’t go his way against Tampa Bay.

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It was Verlander’s ninth career shutout.

This was the 13th no-hitter for the Astros, including one by Ryan.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Jennifer Lopez gives pole-dancing lesson in ‘Hustlers’ sneak-peek scene

Jennifer Lopez gave co-star Constance Wu a “pole dancing 101” class in a featurette from their upcoming stripper-scheme flick “Hustlers.”

In a scene released Friday, Lopez’s character, Ramona, tutored Wu’s Destiny on various pole moves, including the fireman, the Peter Pan, the stag, reverse stag, the martini, the fairy sit and more, all set to Chopin.

When Destiny lamented that she didn’t have the muscles to do the moves — especially “the tabletop” — Ramona scoffed, “Every girl has muscles to do this.”

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Lopez admitted to Fandango that though she made it look effortless, the moves were “very hard,” in part because the pole could get so sweaty and slippery that it would be difficult to keep balance without wiping it down with alcohol.

“It’s actually really difficult to do these [moves],” she said. “It takes skill. It’s not like any person can just jump up there and do this … I had a lot of bruises and things.” The “On the Floor” singer said she had extra difficulty doing “spinny” moves and climbs.

Lopez admitted she wanted to wear the heels from the tutorial scene “all the time now,” chuckling, “Because now you feel short instead of long and beautiful! [You feel] short and chunky.”

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“When you first put them on you’re like a baby deer,” she said of the Lucite platforms. “You’re walking around, you’re fine, and then all of a sudden, your legs give out. And then all of a sudden they’re like ballet slippers and you can’t do the dance without them.”

One star who didn’t have difficulty mastering the pole was Cardi B, who was a stripper before she launched her rap career.

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Constance Wu and Jennifer Lopez star in “Hustlers.” In this scene, Lopez’s character, Ramona, was teaching Wu’s Destiny the ropes. (STX Entertainment)

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Lopez picked Cardi’s brain to get the “insight of what goes on in a dancer’s mind” in the strip club.

Cardi, for her part, said she was frustrated because they filmed the movie not long after she’d undergone plastic surgery, hindering her movements.

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“You know what? I was really mad because let me tell you something – when I did the movie, I just got my [breasts] done and I got lipo, right? So I was like, ‘This is my moment to shine, and I can’t shine because I can’t climb,'” she recalled to Entertainment Tonight. “So I was mad.”

She also revealed to Lopez that she was particularly impressed with her moves.

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Fox News’ Julius Young contributed to this report.

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Shooting Spree Across 15 Miles in West Texas Terrorized Two Towns and Killed 7

ODESSA, Tex. — The 36-year-old man who terrorized two West Texas towns with an assault-style rifle Saturday had been fired from his trucking job a few hours before he led the authorities on a chaotic high-speed chase that ended with his death and the deaths of seven others.

Along a 15-mile stretch between the sister cities of Midland and Odessa, the aftermath of the gunman’s rampage — in which he indiscriminately fired on motorists and police officers with an AR-15-style rifle while driving — clashed with the typically serene and dusty rural landscape of the region.

On Sunday, the authorities continued to collect evidence from more than 15 crime scenes, scattered along highways, car dealerships and shopping malls, marked by police tape, bullet-riddled cars and a wrecked postal van the gunman had hijacked.

[Read more about how the Odessa shooting unfolded.]

The authorities initially refused to name the gunman on Sunday, wanting not to give him “any notoriety for what he did,” said Michael Gerke, the police chief of Odessa. But they later issued a statement identifying the gunman as Seth Aaron Ator, of Odessa.

Police officers shot and killed Mr. Ator in the parking lot of a movie theater in Odessa, ending a shooting spree that began after the authorities had tried to pull him over for failing to signal a left turn. Although officials said in interviews that the gunman had been fired from his job with a trucking company on Saturday morning, the authorities stressed that they had not yet established a clear motive to explain the level of violence and firepower.

“There are no definite answers as to motive or reasons at this point,” Chief Gerke said, “but we are fairly certain that the subject did act alone.”

The chief said it was not immediately known whether the gunman had legally purchased the rifle. Similar assault-style weapons have been used in most of the deadliest shootings this decade, including at a country music festival in Las Vegas, a church in Sutherland Springs, Tex., a nightclub in Orlando, Fla., and outside a bar in Dayton, Ohio last month. Assault-style weapons were largely banned from 1994 until 2004, and remain at the center of a continuing national conversation about gun control.

While the gunman in the latest attack had a criminal record, there were no open warrants for his arrest when the police tried to pull him over Saturday afternoon, Chief Gerke said. Mr. Ator had been arrested in August 2001 in McLennan County near Waco on misdemeanor charges of criminal trespass and evading arrest, according to state records.

“This is a different type of active shooter that we were involved with, because he was mobile, and that creates some very special type of issues,” Chief Gerke said.

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The gunman sped away from the state troopers who had tried to pull him over, and then hijacked a United States Postal Service van, killed its driver, and began firing at people randomly as he drove. In cellphone video from witnesses that captured the final moments of the shooting spree, the postal van speeds into view and slams into a police cruiser outside the movie theater in Odessa. A burst of gunfire followed as officers who had been chasing the van rushed out and shot the gunman, who appeared to still be inside the van.

The authorities said Sunday that the seven people killed in the attack ranged in age from 15 to 57, including Mary Granados, 29, the driver of the postal van. The Postal Inspection Service said Ms. Granados was a letter carrier, that it was “shocked and saddened” at her death, and that it was working closely with other agencies on the investigation.

A total of 22 people were wounded, officials said, including three law enforcement officers and a 17-month-old toddler who was recovering Sunday from injuries that included shrapnel in her chest.

The attack on Saturday spread panic and fear for hours across West Texas, hundreds of miles from the border city of El Paso, where four weeks earlier a gunman had killed 22 people at a Walmart in an anti-Hispanic attack.

On Sunday afternoon, federal agents executed a search warrant at what appeared to be Mr. Ator’s residence, in a remote area of mobile homes at the western edge of Ector County, which includes Odessa. A neighbor, Rocio Martinez, 29, described Mr. Ator as a “loner” who kept to himself and who sometimes frightened her because he was always firing guns outside.

“Although I feel bad about the situation, I feel at ease knowing that he was killed,” Ms. Martinez said. “That tells me the threat has been removed, and my family is safe again.”

Local and state officials said the shooting had begun at 3:13 p.m. Saturday with the attempted traffic stop on Interstate 20, a busy artery that connects Midland and Odessa. The authorities said Mr. Ator was driving west in a gold car and was near the Midland airport.

Before his vehicle came to a complete stop, the gunman pointed a rifle toward the rear window and fired several shots at the state troopers, injuring one, the Department of Public Safety said in a statement.

The gunman then drove west toward Odessa, shooting a person as he sped away on Interstate 20 and then on East Loop 338, a connecting highway. The shooting continued, and bodies were left in its wake as the gunman continued driving, eventually speeding into the parking lot of the Cinergy movie theater on Highway 191. He shot an Odessa police officer and a Midland police officer before officers returned fire and killed him, the authorities said.

On Sunday morning, the white postal van and the Odessa police vehicle remained where they were when the shooting had ended. Agents from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were among the officers examining the crime scene on Sunday.

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Investigators searched for evidence Sunday near an entertainment complex in Odessa, Tex., where the shooting suspect had been killed by police.CreditIvan Pierre Aguirre for The New York Times

Christopher H. Combs, the special agent in charge of the F.B.I.’s San Antonio office, said the shooting was not connected to either domestic or international terrorism.

Special Agent Combs and Gov. Greg Abbott, both of whom spoke at the news conference Sunday, expressed sadness, frustration and a kind of exhaustion over the series of mass shootings in Texas in recent years, Beginning with a rampage that targeted police officers in downtown Dallas in 2016, killing five officers and wounding another nine, there have been five mass shootings in Texas in a stretch of three years.

“I’m heartbroken by the crying of the people of the State of Texas,” the governor said. “I’m tired of the dying of the people of the State of Texas. Too many Texans are in mourning. Too many Texans have lost their lives. The status quo in Texas is unacceptable and action is needed.”

Mr. Abbott, a Republican who has been a longtime advocate for gun rights, said the state must keep guns out of the hands of criminals like the gunman in Odessa, “while also assuring that we safeguard Second Amendment rights, and we must do it fast.”

More than a dozen people injured in the shooting spree were still being treated at hospitals on Sunday. The wounded state trooper was in serious but stable condition, and doctors were optimistic he would make a full recovery, officials said. The two Midland and Odessa police officers were in stable condition.

The injured Midland officer, Zack Owens, was shot several times in an arm and a hand, but relatives said his most serious injury had resulted from having glass shards in one eye. The wife of his cousin set up a donation page on GoFundMe, a crowdfunding site, to help pay his medical expenses. By Sunday evening more than $57,000 had been raised.

The 17-month-old girl who was shot was identified by family friends as Anderson Davis. A GoFundMe page for Anderson, which had raised more than $145,000 Sunday evening, said the toddler had been wounded by a bullet fragment.

A note from Anderson’s mother on the page said her daughter’s vital signs were good and that she had shrapnel in her chest, her front teeth had been knocked out, and she had a hole through her bottom lip and tongue. But Anderson was alive, she wrote, which was “a prayer answered bigger than I’ve ever had to pray.”

In a text to Mr. Abbott, which he read aloud to reporters during the news conference, Anderson’s mother said that her daughter would be undergoing surgery on Monday to remove the shrapnel and to fix her lip and mouth. “Toddlers are funny, because they can get shot but still want to run around and play,” she wrote.

The debate over gun control continued Sunday, a day when 10 new laws loosening firearms restrictions took effect in Texas. The state has among the most liberal gun laws in the nation, according to Guns & Ammo magazine.

A pickup truck that was hit Saturday with gunfire in Odessa, Tex. The gunman hijacked a United States Postal Service van and indiscriminately fired from a rifle at people before the authorities shot and killed him outside a movie theater in Odessa.CreditIvan Pierre Aguirre for The New York Times

One of the new laws prevents condominium and rental housing complex owners from prohibiting firearms or ammunition from being stored or carried onto their properties. Another prohibits school districts from enforcing gun safety rules for staff and visitors who keep firearms or ammunition inside their locked vehicles on school grounds, as long as weapons are not “in plain view.”

In a statement that praised the new rules last week, the National Rifle Association said the measures were examples of the state legislature and governor “protecting your Second Amendment rights.”

Mr. Abbott defended those new laws on Sunday as having been enacted “for the purpose of making our community safer.”

In Washington, President Trump praised the police and emergency workers in West Texas on Sunday and called the gunman a “very sick person.”

“It’s tragic, but they did an incredible job under the circumstances,” Mr. Trump said after stepping off Marine One on his return to the White House. “Another very sick person. So I just want to thank everybody involved. And always, you say, as bad as it was, it could have been worse. But it was certainly bad. A very, very sad situation.”

The president said a package of legislation was being prepared in response to the recent spate of mass shootings and would be presented to Congress, but he declined to discuss details.

“This really hasn’t changed anything,” Mr. Trump said, adding, “We’re looking at a lot of different bills.”

Regarding proposals to tighten background checks on gun purchases, he said: “I will say that for the most part, sadly, if you look at the last four or five, going back even five or six or seven years — for the most part, as strong as you make your background checks, they would not have stopped any of it. So it’s a big problem. It’s a mental problem.”

Residents in Odessa, a city of 120,000, remained on edge Sunday. Though Odessa and El Paso are separated by nearly 300 miles, the cities share some ties and a Western sensibility.

On Saturday night, at the University of Texas Permian Basin, Stephanie Stonecliffe watched as her children played with rocks. She said her friend had been shopping at the Walmart in El Paso when the gunman there opened fire.

“Eventually I knew it was going to happen closer to home, especially with what’s going on in the world,” said Ms. Stonecliffe, who moved to the area recently from College Station, Tex. “This just tells me the world’s getting a little bit more dangerous.”

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Hurricane Dorian Strikes Bahamas With Record Fury As Category 5 Storm

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McLEAN’S TOWN CAY, Bahamas (AP) — Hurricane Dorian struck the northern Bahamas as a catastrophic Category 5 storm Sunday, its record 185 mph winds ripping off roofs, overturning cars and tearing down power lines as hundreds hunkered down in schools, churches and shelters.

Dorian slammed into Elbow Cay in the Abaco Islands at 12:40 p.m., and then made a second landfall near Marsh Harbour on Great Abaco Island at 2 p.m., after authorities made last-minute pleas for those in low-lying areas to evacuate.

“It’s devastating,” said Joy Jibrilu, director general of the Bahamas’ Ministry of Tourism and Aviation. “There has been huge damage to property and infrastructure. Luckily, no loss of life reported.”

With its maximum sustained winds of 185 mph (295 kph) and gusts up to 220 mph, Dorian tied the record for the most powerful Atlantic hurricane ever to come ashore, equaling the Labor Day hurricane of 1935, before the storms were named.

Millions from Florida to the Carolinas kept a wary eye on the slow-moving Dorian amid indications it would veer sharply northeastward after passing the Bahamas and track up the U.S. Southeast seaboard. But authorities warned that even if its core did not make U.S. landfall, the potent storm would likely hammer the coast with powerful winds and heavy surf.

The only recorded storm that was more powerful was Hurricane Allen in 1980, with its 190 mph winds. That storm did not make landfall.

“Catastrophic conditions” were reported in The Abaco Islands, with a storm surge of 18-23 feet, and Dorian was expected to cross Grand Bahama later in the day “with all its fury,” the center said. The hurricane was moving to the west at 5 mph (7 kph).

In the northern stretches of the archipelago, hotels closed, residents boarded up homes and officials hired boats to move people to bigger islands.

Video that Jibrilu and government spokesman Kevin Harris said was sent by Abaco residents showed homes missing parts of their roofs, downed power lines and smashed and overturned cars. One showed floodwaters rushing through the streets of an unidentified town at nearly the height of a car roof.

In some parts of Abaco, “you cannot tell the difference as to the beginning of the street versus where the ocean begins,” said Prime Minister Hubert Minnis.

According to the Nassau Guardian, he called it “probably the most sad and worst day of my life to address the Bahamian people.”

Earlier, Minnis had warned that anyone who did not evacuate was “in extreme danger and can expect a catastrophic consequence.”

The government opened 14 shelters across the Bahamas. Dozens ignored evacuation orders, officials said.

“The end could be fatal,” said Samuel Butler, assistant police commissioner. “We ask you, we beg you, we plead with you to get to a place of safety.”

Bahamas radio station ZNS Bahamas reported a mother and child in Grand Bahama called to say they were sheltering in a closet and seeking help from police.

Silbert Mills, owner of the Bahamas Christian Network, said trees and power lines were torn down in The Abaco Islands.

“The winds are howling like we’ve never, ever experienced before,” said Mills, 59, who planned to ride out the hurricane with his family in the concrete home he built 41 years ago in central Abaco.

Among those refusing to leave were 32 people in Sweetings Cay, a fishing town of a few hundred people about 5 feet (1.5 meters) above sea level, and a group that sought safety in Old Bahama Bay resort, which officials said was not safe.

Earlier Saturday, skiffs shuttled between outlying fishing villages and McLean’s Town, a settlement of a few dozen homes at the eastern end of Grand Bahama island, about 150 miles (240 kilometers) from Florida’s Atlantic coast. Most came from Sweetings Cay.

“We’re not taking no chances,” said Margaret Bassett, a ferry boat driver for the Deep Water Cay resort. “They said evacuate, you have to evacuate.”

But Jack Pittard, a 76-year-old American who has visited the Bahamas for 40 years, decided to ride out the storm — his first hurricane — in The Abaco Islands.

He said he battened down his house to spend the storm in a nearby duplex. He noted the ocean is quite deep near where he was staying, and there is a cay that provides protection.

A short video from Pittard about 2:30 p.m. showed winds shaking his home and ripping off its siding.

“I’m not afraid of dying here,” said Pittard, who lives in Lexington, Kentucky.

Jeffrey Allen, who lives in Freeport on Grand Bahama, said he had learned after several storms that damage predictions sometimes don’t materialize, but he still takes precautions.

“It’s almost as if you wait with anticipation, hoping that it’s never as bad as they say it will be. However, you prepare for the worst nonetheless,” he said.

Over two or three days, the hurricane could dump as much as 4 feet (1 meter) of rain, in addition to the winds and storm surge, said private meteorologist Ryan Maue.

Harris, the government spokesman, said Dorian could affect 73,000 residents and 21,000 homes. Authorities closed airports for The Abaco Islands, Grand Bahama and Bimini, but Lynden Pindling International Airport in the capital of Nassau stayed open.

The archipelago is no stranger to hurricanes. Homes are required to have metal reinforcements for roof beams to withstand winds into the upper limits of a Category 4 hurricane, and compliance is generally tight for those who can afford it. Risks are higher in poorer neighborhoods, with wooden homes in low-lying areas.

After the Bahamas, the slow-crawling storm was forecast to turn sharply and skirt toward the U.S. coast, staying just off Florida and Georgia on Tuesday and Wednesday and then buffeting South Carolina and North Carolina on Thursday.

The National Hurricane Center issued a hurricane watch for Florida’s East Coast from Deerfield Beach north to the Volusia and Brevard county line. The same area was put under a storm surge watch. Lake Okeechobee was under a tropical storm watch.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis warned the state’s densely populated Atlantic coast: “We’re not out of the woods yet.”

He suspended tolls on the Florida Turnpike and other roads, including Alligator Alley, from Fort Lauderdale to Naples, to keep traffic flowing for evacuees.

DeSantis noted some forecast models still bring Dorian close to or even onto the Florida peninsula.

“That could produce life-threatening storm surge and hurricane force winds,” DeSantis said. “That cone of uncertainty still includes a lot of areas on the east coast of Florida and even into central and north Florida, so we are staying prepared and remaining vigilant.”

Palm Beach County ordered a mandatory evacuation for the eastern half of the county as of 1 p.m. Sunday. That included mobile homes, substandard housing, low-lying areas prone to flooding and homes along the Intracoastal Waterway and on barrier islands.

For Florida, it could come down to a handful of miles between relative safety and potential devastation. On Tuesday and Wednesday, Dorian is forecast to be 40 to 50 miles off the Florida with hurricane-force wind speeds extending about 35 miles to the west.

National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham urged residents not to bet on safety just because the specific forecast track has the storm just a bit offshore. Don’t focus on the track, he said, but the larger cone of possibility that includes landfall.

Complicating matters is that with every new forecast, “we keep nudging (Dorian’s track) a little bit to the left” which is closer to the Florida coast, Graham said.

Dorian is a powerful but small storm with hurricane force winds Sunday only extending 29 miles to the west, but they are expected to grow a bit. That makes forecasting its path delicate and difficult.

President Donald Trump already declared a state of emergency and was briefed about what he called a “monstrous” storm.

“We don’t know where it’s going to hit but we have an idea, probably a little bit different than the original course,” Trump said. “But it can change its course again and it can go back more toward Florida.”

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster declared a state of emergency, mobilizing state resources to prepare for potential storm effects. North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said the state could see heavy rain, winds and floods.

The hurricane upended some Labor Day holiday weekend plans in the U.S.: Major airlines allowed travelers to change reservations without fees, big cruise lines rerouted their ships and Cumberland Island National Seashore off Georgia closed to visitors. Disney World and Orlando’s other resorts held off announcing any closings.

Associated Press writers Tim Aylen in McLean’s Town Cay; Seth Borenstein in Washington; Michael Weissenstein in Havana, Cuba; Dánica Coto in San Juan, Puerto Rico; Adriana Gómez Licón in Miami; Brendan Farrington in Tallahassee, Florida; Julie Walker in New York; Michael Kunzelman in College Park, Maryland; and Amy Forliti in Minneapolis contributed.

For AP’s complete coverage of the hurricane: https://apnews.com/Hurricanes

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Hollywood’s Shaky Summer Box Office Points to Larger Issues

LOS ANGELES — This was supposed to be the summer when Hollywood blew the doors off theaters. Stay home and stream? Not with Simba, Spider-Man, John Wick, Snowball, Buzz Lightyear, Aladdin, the X-Men and Godzilla on the way.

Instead, the film business finds itself lagging last year’s surge and facing questions about why. Some box office analysts point to 20th Century Fox, which imploded in Rupert Murdoch’s handoff to Disney and delivered three bombs in a row. Others say moviegoing has become too expensive — concessions, tickets, babysitters — especially given the growing array of low-priced at-home entertainment options that are often already part of a household’s budget.

Or is something bigger going on? “It is another sign that the broader economy is in a fragile place,” said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics, noting that some other leisure businesses — Disney theme parks, Major League Baseball games — also had a soft summer.

From the first weekend in May to Labor Day, a period that can account for as much as 40 percent of annual movie ticket sales, box office revenue in the United States and Canada is expected to total about $4.32 billion, a 2 percent decline from the same period last year, according to Comscore.

For the year, revenue from ticket sales is down 6.3 percent, which roughly translates to a 5 percent decline in attendance. That is despite the runaway success of “Avengers: Endgame,” the Disney-Marvel superhero movie that arrived in late April and collected a record-breaking $2.8 billion worldwide, nearly $860 million of that in North America.

The specialty box office has been in particularly rough shape. Between January and Aug. 25, combined ticket sales for the 20 largest art film distributors (Fox Searchlight, Magnolia and the like) fell 45 percent from the same period last year, according to Box Office Mojo data.

The movie business ebbs and flows depending on factors that vary from reviews to the weather. Ticket sales soared 15 percent last summer in part because of pent-up demand; the “Incredibles” series from Pixar returned after a 14-year hiatus, and “Crazy Rich Asians” was the first studio movie in 25 years to tell a contemporary Asian story. The art-house sector is extra-dependent on quality, and distributors say gems have been in short supply lately, in part because Netflix has snapped up so many of them (for premium prices).

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Hollywood could make up ground in the coming months with potential blockbusters like “It: Chapter 2,” “Joker,” “Frozen 2,” “Jumanji: The Next Level,” “Cats” and “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.” Specialty distributors have high hopes for Bong Joon-ho’s “Parasite” (Neon), which was the top prizewinner at Cannes, and “Downton Abbey” (Focus Features).

But box office experts say the theatrical landscape has shifted, possibly permanently. Before it drowned in red ink, MoviePass, the cut-rate ticket subscription service, trained fans (especially younger ones) to expect deep discounts. Streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime have also proliferated, offering huge catalogs of movies and shows for a comparatively low price. At this point, many living rooms are equipped with large flat-screen televisions.

Netflix charges $13 a month for its standard plan. Disney Plus, a service dedicated to everything Disney, Pixar, “Star Wars,” National Geographic and Marvel, will arrive in homes on Nov. 12 and cost $7 a month.

For a comparison, standard movie tickets cost $16 to $18 in New York and Los Angeles; IMAX screenings run about $22.

(The average ticket price in the United States in the second quarter was $9.26, down from $9.38 a year earlier, according to the National Association of Theater Owners. The average price reflects discounts — child, senior and matinee tickets — and tickets sold outside the more expensive cities.)

“Pricing was never an impediment to going to the movies, and it is now,” said Chris Aronson, a former distribution chief for 20th Century Fox who now runs his own consultancy. “Streaming services have come along with such attractively priced entertainment that theaters can’t compete, except on a handful of event movies that people absolutely must see.”

Out-of-home entertainment had a down summer in general. Attendance at Major League Baseball games is expected to fall for the fourth consecutive season, according to Two Circles, a sports marketing agency. Broadway attendance has declined 2.6 percent from a year earlier, according to the Broadway League. Full data was not yet available for concerts, but early numbers suggest a decline, according to statistics from Pollstar, a trade publication.

The No. 1 movie of the summer was “The Lion King,” which took in $514 million in North America and $1 billion overseas.CreditDisney, via Associated Press

Attendance eased 3 percent at Disney theme park resorts in Florida and California in the April-June period, according to the company’s quarterly financial report. National Park Service data shows that Yellowstone National Park had fewer visitors in May, June and July.

“Recreation is, of course, a discretionary purchase, and that it has gone soft reflects greater caution by consumers,” Mr. Zandi said.

On a studio-by-studio basis, Hollywood’s summer was severely lopsided. The top 10 movies generated $2.57 billion in domestic ticket sales, and Disney commanded 51 percent of that total — with just three films: “The Lion King,” “Toy Story 4” and “Aladdin.” The No. 1 movie of the summer was “The Lion King,” a remake that took in $523.5 million in North America and $1 billion overseas (and is still playing).

Disney was humbled, however, by the performance of its newly acquired 20th Century Fox division, which delivered a hall-of-fame bomb: “Dark Phoenix,” an X-Men movie, cost an estimated $350 million to make and market and collected $252 million worldwide, roughly half of which goes to theater owners. Two other Fox movies, “Stuber” and “The Art of Racing in the Rain,” also fizzled at the box office. All were well in the works before the Disney deal.

Sony Pictures Entertainment accomplished a unique feat, releasing a juggernaut superhero sequel, “Spider-Man: Far From Home,” and a completely original blockbuster, “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood.” No other studio showed that range.

“We believe in balance, and you can see this exact strategy in the rest of our year,” said Thomas E. Rothman, Sony’s movie chief, noting the “Jumanji” sequel and an original drama, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” which stars Tom Hanks as the television personality Fred Rogers.

“As strong as the audience is for superheroes and sequels, we limit ourselves to serving that audience at our peril,” Mr. Rothman said. “It will ultimately narrow the business. We have to think about every audience.”

Sony Pictures Entertainment has high hopes this fall for “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” starring Tom Hanks as Fred Rogers.CreditLacey Terrell/Sony-TriStar Pictures, via, Associated Press

Sony misfired with “Men in Black International” in June, but the studio limited its financial exposure on that science-fiction film by bringing in outside financiers to share the production costs. “We wish it had gotten more enthusiasm,” Mr. Rothman said.

For the year, Sony is a whisper away from Warner Bros. in domestic market share, a standing that drew double takes in Hollywood. Just a few years ago, Sony was sputtering and Warner was the film industry’s superpower. But Warner, now owned by AT&T, has struggled in recent months.

Warner had hoped that female moviegoers would rally around releases like “The Kitchen” and “Blinded by the Light,” which were directed by women. But they were dead on arrival. “Shaft,” starring Samuel L. Jackson, similarly failed to catch on with black ticket buyers, its target audience. Warner was pleased with the turnout for “Annabelle Comes Home,” which collected $72.7 million in North America, but the film, a sequel to a sequel, trailed its franchise predecessor by 29 percent.

Lackluster marketing? Subpar movies? Fingers have been pointing inside the studio. Warner’s top films of the summer were “Pokémon Detective Pikachu,” which took in $432 million worldwide, and “Godzilla: King of the Monsters,” which collected a disappointing $386 million. (An independent company, Legendary Entertainment, led the production effort on both of them.)

Warner declined to comment.

In a few cases, studios suffered because hoped-for behemoths were merely big. “Rocketman,” the Elton John bio-musical from Paramount Pictures, sold $190.4 million in tickets worldwide — a very healthy number. But it was less than half the amount Paramount thought was possible.

Universal Pictures and its Illumination animation division had a similar experience with the humdrum “Secret Life of Pets 2,” which generated $414 million. The first chapter sold $875.5 million in tickets.

“Sequels and remakes that do not bring something different, original and outstanding are going to lose their audience fast,” said David A. Gross, who runs Franchise Entertainment Research, a movie consultancy.

Otherwise, Universal mostly succeeded. A high-stakes “Fast and Furious” spinoff, “Hobbs & Shaw,” has chugged away in theaters since arriving in early August, taking in roughly $700 million worldwide. Comedies, which have struggled in theaters in the streaming age, also came through for Universal, in particular the Beatles-themed “Yesterday.” It was the sleeper hit of the summer, costing about $26 million to make and collecting $135 million.

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