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NEW YORK (AP) -- "Home" hits a home run at the box office. The DreamWorks movie scored a solid win over the competition -- taking in $54 million in its debut weekend. It was expected to duel with "Get Hard" for the box office lead. But the comedy featuring Kevin Hart and Will Ferrell wasn't up to the challenge. It took in $34.6 million -- finishing a distant second in the box office battle. Number three over the weekend is "The Divergent Series: Insurgent" -- which took in $22.1 million.
AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports "Home" is an animated film that is finding success among a wide audience.
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Sound of Jim Parsons and Rihanna
Sound of Jim Parsons and Rihanna in a scene from "Home," which was tops at the weekend box office.
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Sound of Jim Parsons
Sound of Jim Parsons in a scene from "Home," which was tops at the weekend box office.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Though "Home" won the box office race this past weekend, it likely won't be there for long. Its one-and-done status as box office leader is almost assured -- because of the pending release of "Furious 7." The final installment in the "Fast and Furious" movie series is expected to blow the doors off its challengers. As if its being the finale in the Furious saga weren't enough -- the movie will be the final one featuring Paul Walker, who died in a car accident in November, 2013 -- just before filming on Furious 7 was done.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Green slime and words of encouragement and empowerment from Angelina Jolie. Both flowed freely at this year's Kids' Choice Awards. The actress told the audience Saturday that when she was young, she was told she was "too loud, too full of fire, never good at sitting still, never good at fitting in." Jolie told the youngsters when people tell them they're different, they should smile, hold their heads up -- and be proud. She added: "cause a little trouble. It's good for you." Jolie won the favorite villain award for her role as the title character in "Maleficient."
Angelina Jolie says kids should not be ashamed of being different or feeling a little out of place. COURTESY: Nickelodeon ((mandatory on-air credit))
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Angelina Jolie, winner of favorite villain award, "Maleficent"
Angelina Jolie says when someone tells you that you are different, smile and hold your head up and be proud. COURTESY: Nickelodeon ((mandatory on-air credit))
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Announcer revealing Angelina Jolie wins favorite villain award for "Maleficent"
Announcer revealing Angelina Jolie wins favorite villain award for "Maleficent." COURTESY: Nickelodeon ((mandatory on-air credit))
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Will Smith says hearing all the talk about how he and his wife's marriage was on the rocks nearly got to him. He says at one point, his "heart jumped for a second" -- as he considered what his life would be like without Jada Pinkett Smith. He delivered the tribute as his wife received the Star Power award at the "Black Girls Rock!" event in Newark, New Jersey on Saturday night. First lady Michelle Obama attended the event -- and spoke to the audience, which included many young black girls. She said she and her husband, the president are proud of them -- adding: "No matter who you are, no matter where you come from, you are beautiful." Others honored included actress Cicely Tyson and "Selma" director Ava DuVernay.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Actress Taraji P. Henson has apologized for accusing police officers of racially profiling her son. She posted an Instagram statement Friday -- after police in Glendale, California released video of a traffic stop of Henson's son that shows the officer dealing respectfully with the 20-year-old. She says she overreacted without having all the facts -- and thanked the officer for treating her son kindly. Henson made the claim in an interview in Uptown magazine. In the same interview, she claimed her son was profiled by an officer at the University of Southern California. She says that incident prompted her son to transfer to Howard University in Washington, D.C. Henson's apology didn't mention the USC incident.
NEW YORK (AP) -- An actress who was in "The Sopranos" is among those who lost their home when an explosion ripped through several New York City buildings last week. Drea de Matteo went on Instagram to post photos of firefighters fighting smoke and flames at the scene. In the post, de Matteo said she had lived her building for 22 years. The blast caused the collapse of three five-story buildings -- and damaged a fourth building with seven floors.
March 30, 2015 07:07 GMT
Today is Monday, March 30, the 89th day of 2015. There are 276 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On March 30, 1945, during World War II, the Soviet Union invaded Austria with the goal of taking Vienna, which it accomplished two weeks later.
On this date:
In 1135, the Jewish philosopher Maimonides was born in Cordoba in present-day Spain.
In 1822, Florida became a United States territory.
In 1867, U.S. Secretary of State William H. Seward reached agreement with Russia to purchase the territory of Alaska for $7.2 million.
In 1870, the 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which prohibited denying citizens the right to vote and hold office on the basis of race, was declared in effect by Secretary of State Hamilton Fish. Texas was readmitted to the Union.
In 1909, the Queensboro Bridge, linking the New York City boroughs of Manhattan and Queens, opened.
In 1923, the Cunard liner RMS Laconia became the first passenger ship to circle the globe as it arrived in New York.
In 1955, "On the Waterfront" won the Academy Award for best picture of 1954, while its star, Marlon Brando won best actor; in what was regarded as an upset, Grace Kelly won best actress for "The Country Girl," beating out Judy Garland for "A Star Is Born."
In 1959, a narrowly divided U.S. Supreme Court, in Bartkus v. Illinois, ruled that a conviction in state court following an acquittal in federal court for the same crime did not constitute double jeopardy.
In 1964, John Glenn withdrew from the Ohio race for the U.S. Senate because of injuries suffered in a fall. The original version of the TV game show "Jeopardy!," hosted by Art Fleming, premiered on NBC.
In 1975, as the Vietnam War neared its end, Communist forces occupied the city of Da Nang. James Ruppert, 41, killed 11 members of his family at his mother's home in Hamilton, Ohio, on Easter Sunday.
In 1981, President Ronald Reagan was shot and seriously wounded outside a Washington D.C. hotel by assailant John W. Hinckley Jr.
In 2002, Britain's Queen Mother Elizabeth died at Royal Lodge, Windsor, outside London; she was 101 years old.
Ten years ago: Under heavy protection, U.S. first lady Laura Bush visited the capital of Afghanistan, where she talked with Afghan women freed from Taliban repression and urged greater rights. The Supreme Court ruled that federal law allowed people 40 and over to file age bias claims over salary and hiring even if employers never intended any harm. Fred Korematsu, who'd challenged the World War II internment policy that sent Japanese-Americans to detention camps, died in Larkspur, California, at age 86.
Five years ago: President Barack Obama signed a single measure sealing his health care overhaul and making the government the primary lender to students by cutting banks out of the process. The world's largest atom smasher, the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, threw together minuscule particles racing at unheard of speeds in conditions simulating those just after the Big Bang. Math teacher Jaime Escalante, who inspired the movie "Stand and Deliver," died in Roseville, California, at age 79. Morris Jeppson, a weapons test officer aboard the Enola Gay who helped arm the atomic bomb dropped over Hiroshima, died in a Las Vegas hospital at age 87.
One year ago: Four hours of talks in Paris between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov failed to break a tense East-West deadlock over the crisis in Ukraine. Actress Kate O'Mara, 74, best known for her role in the 1980s soap opera "Dynasty," died in southern England. Harry Richard Black, 92, an artist who created the "Mr. Clean" advertising icon, died in Kettering, Ohio.
Today's Birthdays: Game show host Peter Marshall is 89. Actor Richard Dysart is 86. Actor John Astin is 85. Actor-director Warren Beatty is 78. Rock musician Graeme Edge (The Moody Blues) is 74. Rock musician Eric Clapton is 70. Actor Justin Deas is 67. Actor Robbie Coltrane is 65. Actor Paul Reiser is 58. Rap artist MC Hammer is 52. Singer Tracy Chapman is 51. Actor Ian Ziering is 51. TV personality Piers Morgan is 50. Actress Donna D'Errico (TV: "Baywatch") is 47. Singer Celine Dion is 47. Actor Mark Consuelos is 44. Actress Bahar Soomekh is 40. Actress Jessica Cauffiel is 39. Singer Norah Jones is 36. Actress Fiona Gubelmann is 35. Actress Katy Mixon is 34. Actor Jason Dohring is 33. Country singer Justin Moore is 31. Actress Tessa Ferrer is 29. Country singer Thomas Rhett is 25.
Thought for Today: "We do not talk -- we bludgeon one another with facts and theories gleaned from cursory readings of newspapers, magazines and digests." -- Henry Miller, American author (1891-1980).
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