Prog rockers Coheed and Cambria have cut loose bassist Mike Todd, who was busted before the band’s recent show at the Comcast Center for allegedly robbing a pharmacy in Attleboro to obtain prescription painkillers. The band posted a statement on its website saying the group “will be continuing our journey without bassist Michael Todd. . . . We have spoken to him and this is a mutual decision between both parties.’’ Todd, 30, was arrested in Mansfield on July 10, just before the band was to open for Soundgarden. The group went on without him that night, and a replacement bassist was hired to finish out the tour. The police said he had entered a Walgreens drug store in Attleboro a few hours earlier and had showed a pharmacist a note written on his mobile phone that said he had a bomb. He then allegedly demanded six bottles of Oxycontin, walked outside, hailed a cab, and asked to be taken to the Comcast Center. Todd has been released from jail and is scheduled to appear in court this week.
‘Apes’ climbs to No. 1
“Rise of the Planet of the Apes,’’ the “Planet of the Apes’’ prequel, climbed to the top rung of the weekend box office, taking in $54 million, according to studio estimates yesterday. That’s $20 million more than analysts expected for the film starring James Franco
, Freida Pinto
, and Andy Serkis
. “The Smurfs,’’ meanwhile, remained at No. 2 for the second straight weekend with $21 million, lifting its domestic total to $76.2 million. The science fiction western “Cowboys & Aliens,’’ which debuted at No. 1 a week earlier, fell to third with $15.8 million, raising its total to $67.4 million.
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