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Published: Mon, May 19, 2014 @ 12:00 a.m.

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‘Godzilla’ opens with $93.2 million

LOS ANGELES

“Godzilla” has smashed its way to the top of the box office.

The 3-D monster movie from Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures had the second-largest debut of the year this weekend with $93.2 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.

“Godzilla” trails Disney-Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” which opened with $95 million in April, and sits just above “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” which debuted with $91.6 million this month.

“Godzilla” knocked last weekend’s No. 1 hit, Universal Pictures “Neighbors,” down to No. 2 in its second weekend.

The raunchy Seth Rogen and Zac Efron-led comedy earned $26 million, bringing its domestic total to $91.5 million.

Rounding out the top three was “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” with $17 million.

Also opening this weekend was Disney’s feel-good sports drama “Million Dollar Arm,” starring Jon Hamm, which landed at No. 4 with $11 million. In fifth place was “The Other Woman” with $6.3 million.

Jackson hologram debuts at awards show

LAS VEGAS

A hologram of Michael Jackson made its debut Sunday at the Billboard Music Awards, mirroring the late King of Pop’s signature slick dance moves as some members of the audience became emotional.

The hologram performed “Slave to the Rhythm,” a song from Jackson’s new posthumous album “Xscape,” along with a plethora of background dancers, beaming lights and fire blasts.

The awards show took place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Whitaker addresses Ohio college graduates

OXFORD, OHIO

Oscar-winning actor Forest Whitaker urged graduates of a southwest Ohio university to perform acts of kindness as they go forward with their lives.

Whitaker was the keynote speaker at Miami University’s spring commencement ceremony on Saturday in Oxford.

The Dayton Daily News reported that Whitaker told graduates they potentially could change the world by simply treating others with compassion. He said at least one small act of kindness is behind every worthwhile human achievement.

The university awarded more than 4,000 degrees and awarded Whitaker an honorary doctorate degree in fine arts.

Associated Press


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