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December 31, 2018

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Winter2018The underwater adventure Aquaman is the No. 1 movie in North America for a second weekend, earning an additional $51.6 million in receipts, BoxOfficeMojo.com announced Sunday.

Coming in at No. 2 is Mary Poppins Returns with $28 million, followed by Bumblebee at No. 3 with $20.5 million, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse at No. 4 with $18.3 million and The Mule at No. 5 with $11.8 million.

Rounding out the top tier are Vice at No. 6 with $7.8 million, Holmes and Watson at No. 7 with $7.3 million, Second Act at No. 8 with $7.2 million, Ralph Breaks the Internet at No. 9 with $6.5 million and Dr. Seuss' The Grinch at No. 10 with $4.2 million.

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Dwayne Johnson gives mom new home; shares Instagram video of her reaction

Movie star Dwayne Johnson shared on Instagram this weekend a video of him presenting his mother Ata with a new home.

"This one felt good," Johnson wrote in a message accompanying the video. "Surprise! Bought my mom a new home for Christmas. All our lives growing up we lived in little apartments all across the country. Lived like gypsies on the road from one state to another."

He added: "The first home my parents ever lived in was the one I bought for them in 1999. They divorced about 5yrs later and as with life, stuff happens and things got a little complicated. Since then I always made sure my mom and dad have everything they'll ever need - houses, cars etc. But the house this time is a special one and the timing is very meaningful. I told her to treat this card like it's 'Willy Wonka's Golden Ticket' because she gets to choose any home she wants - anywhere she wants."

The video shows Johnson's mother crying tears of joy as she opens a card explaining the gift.

The Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle star hugs her and his toddler daughter Jasmine, who is playing with a toy, yells from across he room, "It's broken again," hilariously oblivious to the tender moment unfolding.

"It's broken again! We gotta fix it," Johnson tells his daughter with a laugh.

The video has gotten more than 2 million "likes" since it was posted Saturday.

More than 45M accounts watched 'Bird Box' during first week on Netflix

Netflix has announced that more than 45 million accounts tuned in for its horror movie Bird Box during the first week it was streaming.

"Took off my blindfold this morning to discover that 45,037,125 Netflix accounts have already watched Bird Box - best first 7 days ever for a Netflix film!" the company tweeted Friday, without offering further details regarding exactly how many Netflix users saw the movie since several people can share an account.

Released online Dec. 21, the film is based on Josh Malerman's novel. It stars Sandra Bullock as a survivor of an apocalypse where people kill themselves after seeing creatures that take the forms of their worst fears. Bullock's character Malorie and others wear blindfolds and depend on the warning chirps of birds to stay alive.

The ensemble includes Sarah Paulson, John Malkovich and Trevante Rhodes.

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Abby Lee Miller confirms she's returning for Season 8 of 'Dance Moms'

Reality television personality Abby Lee Miller said she is gearing up to film Season 8 of Dance Moms.

"OMG! Can you believe I'm going to film Season 8 of Dance Moms! Yes, it's official! We begin the end of Jan! #dancemoms #aldcalways #abbyleemiller #season8 #ALDC #thebestisyettocome #aldcla," Miller wrote on Instagram Saturday beside a photo of her looking shocked.

She quit Dance Moms midway through the docu-series' seventh season after pleading guilty to bankruptcy fraud and serving a year-long prison sentence.

Miller, who is now battling Burkitt lymphoma, shared a photo of her in a wheelchair last month at her Abby Lee Dance Company studio in Los Angeles.

Rupert Grint says he can't watch later 'Harry Potter' films

Harry Potter star Rupert Grint says he can't watch later films in the series.

The 30-year-old British actor, who played Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter movies, said in an interview with Radio Times that he can't stomach the series past the third film, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

"I think those early ones are OK. More time has passed. I can detach myself a bit more from that kid," Grint explained.

"I did see Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone not long ago, for the first time since the premiere, and I actually enjoyed looking back. But the more recent ones I definitely couldn't do," he said.

Grint was just 13 years old when the first Harry Potter movie opened in theaters. The series catapulted him and his co-stars, including Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson, to fame and earned $7.7 billion over eight films.

"I struggle to remember life before it. I think I lost myself a little bit along the way. With the fame, you're almost being the character even when you're not in character," Grint said.

"From the moment I got the part, my life completely changed," he added. "It was a weird time and it has taken me a long while to process. Just being invisible can still be difficult."

Grint is starring in a BBC One adaptation of the Agatha Christie novel The ABC Murders that concludes Friday. The actor plays Inspector Crome, with John Malkovich as detective Hercule Poirot.

The ABC Murders will premiere Feb. 1 on Amazon Prime in the U.S. Grint told Radio Times he "loved the very dark" script for the miniseries adaptation.


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Pop music star Ariana Grande has canceled her Saturday show in Las Vegas.

"Vegas, I'm currently working through some health issues and am beyond sorry I won't be able to see u this weekend," Grande wrote in an Instagram Story post on Friday. "I love u and so look forward to seeing u and making it up to u next year."

Grande had been scheduled to perform at The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan.

"Due to unforeseeable health reasons, Ariana Grande has canceled her show at The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on Saturday, Dec. 29. Guests are able to receive a full refund on tickets through their specified point of purchase," the venue told E! News.

The singer's personal life has been in the media spotlight in recent months as she prepared for her "Sweetener" concert tour.

Grande this week announced on social media that she had reconnected with her estranged dad, Edward Butera.

She also broke up with comedian Pete Davidson in October and her former beau, rapper Mac Miller, died in September of an accidental drug overdose.