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NORTH AMERICA: 'Furious 7' Crosses $260M Domestically in 13 Days; 'The Longest Ride' Nears $16M In 6 Days on April 16, 2015

apr10wknd.pngUniversal reports that Furious 7 tagged on another $2.92 million yesterday, easily holding onto first place. The blockbuster sequel's 13-day tally stands at $262.4 million, in line with where The Hunger Games stood at the same point in its release.

The Longest Ride took second place with $0.805 million yesterday, giving it $15.84 million through six days of release. That puts it 29 percent ahead of where fellow Nicholas Sparks adaptation The Best of Me stood at the same point.

In third, DreamWorks' Home took in $0.72 million. The hit release from Fox has taken in $131.6 million to date.

Get Hard came in fourth place with $0.61 million yesterday. The Will Ferrell-Kevin Hart comedy's total stands at $72.9 million.

Filling out the top five, Woman In Gold posted $0.57 million on Wednesday to give it $10.8 million in all so far. The film expands to 2,011 theaters this weekend.

 

Fandango: 'Furious 7' & 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2' Capturing Top Weekend Sales on Fandango on April 16, 2015

apr17wknd.pngLOS ANGELES - April 16, 2015 - According to Fandango, the nation's leading digital destination for moviegoers and fans with more than 36 million unique visitors per month*, "Furious 7" in its third weekend continues to dominate ticket sales. New releases, "Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2" and "Unfriended," are also clicking well with audiences. Each one of the three films is earning high scores on Fanticipation, Fandango's movie buzz indicator, meriting an impressive 84, 83, and 75 out of 100 points, respectively.

"Blart" is collaring the best advance ticket sales of any Kevin James-starring vehicle, taking down James' 2011 "Zookeeper" at the same point in that film's ticket sales cycle on Fandango. "Unfriended" is scaring up significantly higher advance sales than the 2013 horror thriller, "Oculus."

"Movie audiences of all ages have something to look forward to at theaters this weekend," says Fandango Chief Correspondent Dave Karger. "'Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2' will appeal to families who love Kevin James' goofy antics, while teen fans will love the intense scares in ‘Unfriended.' Meanwhile, ‘Furious 7' will continue to score with thrill-seekers seeing the film for the first, second, or third time."

On Fandango's movie recommendation show, "Weekend Ticket," Fandango Contributor Dan Perrault interviews the "Unfriended" stars via Skype, asking them how they managed to create an effective thriller out of "one long Skype conversation filmed in one take." The full episode can be found at http://www.fandango.com/WeekendTicket.

About Fandango's Fanticipation
Known for having its finger on the pulse of moviegoers, Fandango's movie buzz indicator, Fanticipation, provides statistical insight into the movies fans are planning to see in a given weekend. Fanticipation scores (based on a 1 to 100-point scale) are calculated via an algorithm of Fandango's advance ticket sales, website and mobile traffic, and social media engagement. Fanticipation is not intended as a forecast of the weekend box office; it is a snapshot of movie fan sentiment.

*According to comScore

Wanda Cinema Line Selects Dolby ShowVault/IMBs for New Cinema Screens in China in 2015 on April 16, 2015

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Beijing, April 16, 2015-Dolby Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE: DLB) and Wanda Cinema Line Corporation, one of the largest cinema exhibitors in China, announced today that Wanda will purchase more than 400 units of the Dolby® ShowVault/IMB to deploy in all of its new cinemascreens built in China through the end of 2015.

"The ShowVault/IMB has already proven its worth in our existing cinemas, delivering outstanding performance and high reliability," saidZeng Maojun, Board Director and General Manager of Wanda Cinema Line Corporation. "We are very pleased to continue this collaboration with Dolby, and we are confident the ShowVault/IMB will help ensure high-quality digital cinema presentation in our new screens in 2015."

The Dolby ShowVault/IMB is the most widely deployed integrated media block (IMB) product in the cinema industry. Its superb reliability and enriched feature set continues to make it a much sought-after solution.

"It is Dolby's long-term commitment to provide leading playback solutions to support the evolving digital cinema industry in China and around the world," said Doug Darrow, Senior Vice President, Cinema, Dolby Laboratories. "We are delighted to continue to work with an industry leader like Wanda, which shares with Dolby a single goal: to constantly strive for quality and innovation."

About Wanda Cinema Line
Founded in 2005, Wanda Cinema Line is owned by the Wanda Group. As of 2014, Wanda Cinema Line operates 182 theaters and 1,616 screens in nearly 100 cities nationwide. In 2014, it generated RMB 4.2 billion in total box-office revenue, accounting for a 15 percent share of nationwide revenue. From 2014 onward, Wanda Cinema Line plans to add 40 theatres annually and grow to 260 theaters and 2,300 screens by 2016, thus securing the biggest share of China's market.

About Dolby Laboratories
Dolby Laboratories (NYSE: DLB) creates audio, video, and voice technologies that transform entertainment and communications in mobile devices, at the cinema, at home, and at work. For nearly 50 years, sight and sound experiences have become more vibrant, clear, and powerful in Dolby®. For more information, please visit www.dolby.com.

 

'Furious 7' Dominates Overseas Markets...Except in Peru on April 15, 2015

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Jonathan Papish

'Furious 7' sped past $800 million globally this weekend, shattering records in places as far flung as Poland, Vietnam, and the UAE. It even took 90% of the market share in China and topped the box office in 62 out of 63 international markets -- the one exception? Peru. Asu Mare 2, the sequel to Peru's highest-grossing film ever, opened on Thursday and grossed $3.38 million on 376 screens, while the high octane action flick fell 67% from last weekend, pulling in just $981K on 240 screens for a $5.53 cume. It also lost almost half of its screens. 

Asu Mare was released in 2013 and quickly became the most watched film in Peru's box office history with over 2.35 million tickets sold and ended its run with $10.7 million. The film follows Carlos Alcántara, one of Peru's most famous standup comics, and recreates his journey to fame.

Local media reports "thousands of people waited in lines miles long" to watch the sequel on opening day, and since its premiere on April 9, the comedy has been seen 1.14 million times. 


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