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A Dog's Purpose Crashes Hard At The Box Office As M. Night Shyamalan's Split Keeps The Top Spot!

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What could have been a cute movie tugging at your heart strings has turned into a controversial little flick that just isn't connecting with viewers at the box office.

A Dog's Purpose, mired in controversy over the film's mistreatment of dogs on set while shooting, came in far behind expectations this weekend at the box office, debuting to just $18.3 million from a little more than 3,000 theaters across North America.

Related: PETA Wants You To 'Grab A Pussy'… But Not A Dog!

In its place, Split — a sleeper hit directed by M. Night Shyamalan — came in first for the second straight weekend, taking in $26.3 million over the last three days and rising up to a two-week domestic total of about $78 million.

It's a good winner for Split, even if the other films opening this week were fairly light, but the real story here centers on A Dog's Purpose (pictured, above), and the Gavin Polone-produced flick that has been rocked after animal abuse allegations.

From a financial standpoint, A Dog's Purpose cost just $22 million to make, so it's still on track to get its money back and the financials are good — but the social damage done to what should have been a very popular, family-friendly feature film, cannot be understated.

Nevertheless,

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A Dog's Purpose Producer Gavin Polone Speaks Out On The Alleged Animal Abuse & 'Misleading' Video

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The producer speaks out!

The team behind A Dog's Purpose is definitely trying to save face ahead of its Friday release date.

As you've probably seen by now, footage showing an animal trainer shoving a visibly frightened German Shepherd into turbulent water on set has been made public by TMZ. In addition, PETA has since called for a boycott on the movie.

While Ellen DeGeneres has since spoken out with the film's star Dennis Quaid to defend the movie, so has the A Dog's Purpose's producer.

Related: A Dog's Purpose Cancels Premiere & Press Junket

In an op-ed essay for The Hollywood Reporter, Gavin Polone started off by writing about his love for animals:

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Big Win For PETA! A Dog's Purpose Cancels Premiere & Press Junket Amid Call For Boycott!

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We doubt this will be a enough to subdue the wrath of PETA!

The production company for A Dog's Purpose, Amblin Entertainment, revealed on Thursday that they were canceling the flick's premiere and press junket amid those dog abuse accusations. We can't say we're surprised!

Related: PETA Wants You To 'Grab A Pussy

As you may recall, earlier this week, shocking footage leaked of a frightened German Shepherd being forced into a pool of water on the film's set. This upsetting incident obviously resulted in the famed animal rights organization to call for a boycott of the Dennis Quaid-starring family movie!

Since the company and distributor, Universal Pictures, are looking into the matter, it only seems right that they are hitting a pause button on the celebration and press junket for the film. In a recent statement, Amblin Entertainment explained:

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Alicia Silverstone Is A Naked Wood Nymph For PETA In New Anti-Wool Ad! See The Uncensored Pic!

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Alicia Silverstone is back… and so is her crack!

The Clueless alum is a well known advocate for animals, and it looks like she's sworn off wool clothing and other wool products for good.

To show you just how anti-wool she is, the 40-year-old declared she'd rather go naked than wear anything made from the coat or skin of an animal… by posing naked for PETA!

Related: Alicia Returning To TV As A Real Housewife's Mom!

Putting her stunning backside on display, Silverstone bears it all in the cheeky ad while holding a lamb mask that looks like it would be used by someone in The Purge.

As long as she's only killing people and not animals, we have no complaints!

Behold her glorious vegan buns (below)!

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PETA Wants You To 'Grab A Pussy' — But It's Not What Donald Trump Had In Mind!

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PETA is purr-fectly twisting Donald Trump's gross words in order to do some good for the kitty community!

After audio leaked from 2005 of the GOP nominee telling Billy Bush that he grabs women "by the p*ssy" and kisses them without asking, the animal activists are totally taking advantage of the mass hysteria caused by his controversial comments.

Related: Former Miss Utah Says Trump Forcibly Kissed Her MULTIPLE Times

The People for Ethical Treatment of Animals is kicking off a new campaign in Manhattan, encouraging New Yorkers to "grab a pussy!"

But, they aren't talking about groping women; what they REALLY want you to do is adopt a cat from a local shelter, as you can see from their PAW-dorable new poster (above)!

PETA President Ingrid Newkirk told Us Weekly why they decided to piggyback off the Apprentice alum's disgusting remarks, saying in a statement:

"The sensationalism of this election has rendered many other important issues invisible. We hope this twist in our approach will cause people to open their minds to the crisis facing animals, and open their home to a beautiful cat from a shelter."

The HIGHlariously cute campaign will kick off at some point before the November 8 election. Will U grab a pussy?!

[Image via PETA.]

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Justin Bieber Received Official Complaint From Toronto Animal Services For Those Controversial Pics With Exotic Cats

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There's no doubt Justin Bieber loves to show off hanging out with exotic animals on Instagram — a hobby that has landed him in some pretty hot water!

You may recall back in April when the singer posed alongside a chained Bengal tiger at his father's engagement party (above), and then again in a picture posted a month later with a lion cub — and these are just two of the times in Toronto alone.

Well turns out the 22-year-old received a formal complaint from Toronto Animal Services back at the beginning of June stating that both of these instances violated a municipal code that bans the "keeping" of wild animals such as lions, tigers, and bears cougars in the city.

Related: Justin Flat Out Denies A Fan A Hug

The notice of violation and request for compliance in the future, dated June 3, 2016, was obtained Thursday by PETA and can be viewed (below)!

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