Wil­lie Nel­son, Ge­orge Strait per­form duet in Nashville

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Hart’s ‘Up­side’ takes down ‘Aqua­man’ with $19.6M de­but

Kevin Hart isn’t host­ing the Os­cars, but he’s got a No. 1 movie. Hart’s “The Up­side” sur­passed ex­pec­ta­tions to open with $19.6 mil­lion in ticket sales ac­cord­ing to stu­dio es­ti­mates Sun­day.

The strong per­for­mance of “The Up­side” pushed “Aqua­man” to sec­ond after the aquatic su­per­hero’s three-week reign on top of the North Amer­i­can box of­fice.

Over the week­end, “Aqua­man” passed $1 bil­lion world­wide.

Open­ing in third place was the ca­nine ad­ven­ture “A Dog’s Way Home” with $11.3 mil­lion.

Early Jan­uary is of­ten a dump­ing ground in movie the­aters and the week­end fea­tured a num­ber of duds.

Coun­try icon Wil­lie Nel­son has sung with just about ev­ery­one, from Snoop Dogg to Frank Si­na­tra, but one sur­pris­ing omis­sion was fel­low Texas trou­ba­dour Ge­orge Strait.

The two coun­try singers sang their first ever duet to­gether on Satur­day night in Nashville dur­ing a trib­ute show hon­or­ing the 85year-old out­law coun­try singer with a per­for­mance of a song writ­ten just for the oc­ca­sion.

The two sang a song called, “Sing One With Wil­lie,” in which Strait says to Nel­son, “You just made my ca­reer” and Nel­son replies, “Or ru­ined it.”

More than two dozen artists sang in honor of Nel­son dur­ing the show, in­clud­ing Kris Kristof­fer­son, Jimmy Buf­fett, Ali­son Krauss and more.

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