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"Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" blasts "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" out of first place with $36 million weekend

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By Stephen Iervolino

Frank Masi – ©2016 CTMG/Sony Pictures Entertainment(LOS ANGELES) — Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is the new box office champ, knocking Star Wars: The Last Jedi out of first place with an estimated $36 million weekend. That brings its three-week total to $244 million stateside.

Welcome to the Jungle also has earned $275 million overseas, for a worldwide total of $519.4 million.

The week’s other newcomer, Insidious: The Last Key took second place, raking in an estimated $29.26 million. The fourth film in the Insidious franchise topped the $22.7 million debut of its predecessor and blew away the original Insidious. However, it fell way short of 2013’s Insidious 2, which earned over $40 million.

Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi dropped to third place with an estimated $23.6 million weekend. The latest chapter in the Star Wars series has now grossed around $572.5 domestically and $632.7 million overseas, for a worldwide total of more than $1.2 billion. Lucasfilm, like ABC is owned by Disney.

Grabbing third place was The Greatest Showman with an estimated $13.8 million, and Pitch Perfect 3 rounds out the top five with an estimated $10.2 million.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated weekend gross ticket sales:

  1. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, $36 million
    2. Insidious: The Last Key, $29.26 million
    3. Star Wars: The Last Jedi, $23.5 million
    4. The Greatest Showman, $13.8 million
    5. Pitch Perfect 3, $10.2 million
    6. Ferdinand, $7.7 million
    7. Molly’s Game, $7.7 million
    8. Darkest Hour, $6.35 million
    9. Coco, $5.5 million
    10. All the Money in the World, $3.55 million

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"Five More Minutes": Scotty McCreery's hit has people putting down their phones and thinking about their lives

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Triple Tigers RecordsThe lead single from Scotty McCreery‘s new album, Seasons Change, came out back in May. Now that “Five More Minutes” has broken into country’s top 15, it’s become the American Idol winner’s biggest hit since 2014’s “Feelin’ It.”

“It’s kinda like The Little Engine That Could, I swear,” Scotty says, referencing the famed children’s tale about a train that refuses to give up.

But even more than the song’s chart success, the North Carolina native appreciates what it means to his fans.

“The best thing for me has been meet-and-greets, or getting on Twitter or getting on Facebook and seeing the fans’ response to it, telling me their stories, how they relate to it, who they want ‘Five More Minutes’ with,” Scotty tells ABC Radio.

“I wrote this thing for me and for my granddaddy. And to see a song that’s impacting folks and meaning something to them, that’s all you can ask for in what I’m doing.”

Scotty takes the emotional impact “Five More Minutes” is having very seriously.

“I take it as a responsibility. You know, I wrote this song that means a lot to people. And you know, I’m gonna get out there and give it my all every night when I sing it.”

The newly engaged 24-year-old says it’s even prompted part of his crowd to get off their phones.

“It’s awesome,” he explains. “You see folks every night when you’re singing, you can tell they’re thinking. They’re really listening. Whereas a lot of folks are filming songs and they’re filming themselves and going nuts, these folks are listening to the words. That’s just something different for me, and I’m really enjoying it.”

Scotty’s fourth album, Seasons Change, comes out March 16.

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Nashville notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock RodeoHouston takes place February 27-March 18 at NRG Stadium, with tickets for most dates going on sale Thursday. Among the artists set to take the new, star-shaped stage this year: Garth Brooks, Little Big Town, Blake Shelton, Kelsea Ballerini, Rascal Flatts, Jason Aldean, Thomas Rhett, Luke Bryan, Chris Young, Zac Brown Band, Keith Urban, Chris Stapleton, and Brad Paisley. Garth will both open and close this year’s rodeo, though both of his shows sold out earlier. You can find out more at RodeoHouston.com.

If you missed Chris Janson doing his new single, “Drunk Girl,” Friday on Megyn Kelly Today, you can watch his performance online.

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Karen Fairchild and Jimi Westbrook's son Elijah puts a new spin on Little Big Town

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ABC/Image Group LA Sometimes your kids can be the hardest to impress.

Little Big Town‘s Karen Fairchild shared a vintage publicity photo of the band on social media Friday, along with hats, bows and mustaches — added courtesy of Elijah, her son with husband Jimi Westbrook.

“Elijah found this at Grammy and Papaw’s house and added his own interpretation,” Karen quipped.

While Karen and Jimi’s 7-year-old may be a tough audience, the pair, along with Karen Fairchild and Phillip Sweet, can expect a warmer welcome later this month at the Grammys.

Little Big Town is set to perform on the show, and they’re up for two trophies as well. You can tune in Sunday, January 28 at 7:30 p.m. ET on CBS to see the 60th Annual Grammy Awards.

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"Three Billboards", "Lady Bird", "Big Little Lies" win big, Oprah brings down the house at 75th Annual Golden Globes

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By Stephen Iervolino

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” – Fox Searchlight Pictures(LOS ANGELES) — Yes, there were a bunch of awards given out last night in Hollywood at the 75th Annual Golden Globes, but who won what took a back seat to who said what, as the evening was punctuated with passionate and heartfelt speeches from women praising and championing the #MeToo movement and Time’s Up initiative.

Seth Meyers got the show started with joke after joke about the fallout of the Hollywood sexual harassment scandals, taking on Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey and men in general. Unfortunately, he disappeared for most of the rest of the show.

Every female star who took the stage last night wore black in solidarity with victims of abuse and assault, including Oprah Winfrey, who received the Cecil B. DeMille Award and brought down the house with her rousing and touching speech. She began by recalling watching Sidney Poitier win an Oscar in 1964, and how it inspired her, and how she hoped that she was inspiring young girls watching her tonight, as she became the first black woman ever to be presented with the honor.

“What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have,” she said. “I’m especially proud and inspired by all the women who felt strong enough and empowered enough to speak up and share their personal stories…This year, we became the story.”

“I want to tonight to express gratitude to all the women who have endured years of abuse and assault,” she added. “Because they, like my mother, had children to feed and bills to pay and dreams to pursue.”

Oprah then shared the story of Recy Taylor, who in 1944 was raped by a group of white men in Alabama, and whose case was championed by Rosa Parks. “Recy Taylor died 10 days ago. She lived too many years in a culture broken by brutally powerful men. Women were not believed,” said Oprah, who then remarked about abusive men, “Their time is up! Their time is up!”

“I want all the girls watching to know a new day is on the horizon,” she continued. “And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure they are the leaders to take us to the time where nobody has to say ‘me too’ again!” The applause was thunderous.

Other women who spoke out about the Time’s Up initiative, and the #MeToo movement, included Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern and Nicole Kidman of Big Little Lies, which won four awards, and Frances McDormand, who was named Best Actress in a Drama for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. That movie also won four awards, including Best Drama.

Also speaking out: Rachel Brosnahan who won Best Actress in a TV Comedy for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and Elisabeth Moss, who won Best Actress in a TV Drama for The Handmaid’s Tale.

Lady Bird was named Best Comedy or Musical, though its director, Greta Gerwig, was not nominated. Presenter Natalie Portman pointedly made reference to this when she announced the nominees for Best Director by saying, “And here are the all-male nominees.” Guillermo del Toro won that category for The Shape of Water.

But it wasn’t just sexual harassment that women spoke out against last night: The wage gap between male and female actors, as well as the lack of women in powerful positions in Hollywood, were also remarked upon.

Awarding the Best Actress in a Comedy trophy, Jessica Chastain said, “The winner will receive the 25 percent of her salary that went missing in the wage gap.” Presenting the Best Actor in a Drama award,Geena Davis said that the winner would give “half of their salary back so that women can make more than them.”

Barbra Streisand, presenting the final award of the night for Best Drama, was introduced as the only woman in history ever to win the Golden Globe for Best Director. But, she noted, “That was 34 years ago! Folks, time’s up!”

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