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Director Kenneth Branagh and Star Lily James of 'Cinderella' Visit Tokyo as Film Crosses $400 Million on April 09, 2015

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Disney's global hit Cinderella will open in its final territory, Japan, on April 25th and on Wednesday director Kenneth Branagh and star Lily James were in Tokyo for a press conference and the film's Japanese premiere. The fantasy film has just crossed the $400 million mark worldwide and has performed well in Asian markets, especially China where it has grossed $70.75 million as of Tuesday.

Universal Pictures International Crosses $1 Billion at Overseas Box Office In Record Time on April 09, 2015

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UNIVERSAL CITY, CA, April 8, 2015-Universal Pictures International (UPI) today announced that the studio will reach $1 billion in international box office grosses today. This accomplishment marks the earliest in its history that Universal has reached that milestone, besting a previous record that was set on May 31, 2013. This is the ninth consecutive year that Universal has crossed $1 billion internationally. The announcement was made by President, Distribution for UPI Duncan Clark.

Universal's early success in 2015 has been fueled by a diverse slate of films across multiple genres. But the majority of international box office grosses have come from Focus Features and Working Title's Academy Award®-winning The Theory of Everything ($85 million), Fifty Shades of Grey ($401.2 million) and with its record-breaking $250 million opening Furious 7, which has grossed $316 million in just one week.

"This year we are thrilled to offer audiences some of our biggest and best homegrown franchises with huge prospects in our international markets," said Clark. "The early results have been terrific and today we celebrate a milestone with our filmmakers, distribution partners and talent who have worked tirelessly to bring these fantastic films to theaters across the globe."

Universal is charging ahead with its blockbuster 2015 slate as Furious 7 opens in China and Russia this weekend. Also coming this summer are the follow-up to 2012's surprise hit comedy Pitch Perfect 2, directed by Elizabeth Banks; the long-awaited next installment of Steven Spielberg's groundbreaking series, Jurassic World, directed by Colin Trevorrow and starring Chris Pratt; the follow-up to the highest-grossing original R-rated comedy of all time from writer, director and voice star Seth MacFarlane, Ted 2; Illumination Entertainment and Universal's comedy adventure that stars the voices of Sandra Bullock and Jon Hamm, Minions; and the latest film from director Judd Apatow, written by and starring breakout comedy star Amy Schumer, Trainwreck.

About Universal Pictures International
Universal Pictures International (UPI) is the international marketing and distribution division for Universal Pictures. In the United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, France, Russia, Korea, Australia, Mexico and India, UPI directly markets and distributes movies through its local offices, creating campaigns and release strategies that respond to the culture and market behavior of those territories. In other parts of the world, UPI partners with Paramount and Sony in the distribution of all three companies' films. Universal Pictures is part of NBCUniversal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.

NORTH AMERICA: 'Furious 7' Becomes the Highest Grossing Release of 2015 After $13.31M Tuesday Take; 'Home' Passes $100M Mark After $4.32M on Tuesday on April 08, 2015

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By Daniel Garris

Universal's Furious 7 took in $13.31 million on Tuesday to easily lead the daily box office for a fifth consecutive day. The well-received seventh installment of the popular franchise featuring Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and the late Paul Walker was down a slim 5 percent from Monday. In addition to strong word of mouth, Tuesday's hold was likely helped out a bit from Monday's performance being deflated slightly due to the competition from the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship game. Furious 7 has grossed a massive $174.51 million in just five days. That represents the eighth largest five-day start of all-time and already makes the film the highest grossing release of 2015 thus far domestically. The film is running an extremely impressive 61 percent stronger than the $108.22 five-day start of last year's Captain America: The Winter Soldier and 39.5 percent ahead of the $125.07 million five-day take of 2013's Fast & Furious 6.

Home held steady in second place with $4.32 million. In the process, the 3D computer animated film from Fox and DreamWorks Animation surpassed the $100 million mark on Tuesday. Home was down just 5 percent from Monday and down 6 percent from last Tuesday, as the film continues to be helped out by the post-Easter midweek frame. Home continues to exceed expectations in a big way with a twelve-day take of $104.13 million. That places the film 6.5 percent ahead of the $97.76 million twelve-day take of 2013's The Croods.

Cinderella continued to claim third place with $1.81 million. Disney's blockbuster fairy tale adaptation was down only 2 percent from Monday and down 15 percent from last Tuesday. Cinderella has grossed a strong $170.79 million in 26 days. The film is running 10 percent behind the $189.94 million 26-day take of last year's Maleficent. Cinderella has stabilized nicely over the past week and will hope to hold up well throughout the month of April.

Warner's Get Hard took in $1.57 million to remain in fourth. The R-rated comedy starring Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart was up a healthy 13 percent over Monday, but still down 48.5 percent from last Tuesday. Get Hard has obviously taken a big hit from the added presence of Furious 7 in the marketplace. Get Hard surpassed the $60 million mark yesterday and has grossed $60.17 million in twelve days, which is towards the lower end of expectations.

Lionsgate's The Divergent Series: Insurgent rounded out the day's unchanged top five with $1.29 million. The second installment of the young adult series starring Shailene Woodley was up 2 percent from Monday and down 41 percent from last Tuesday. Insurgent has grossed $106.06 million in 19 days, which places the film 8 percent behind the $115.83 million 19-day take of last year's Divergent.

NORTH AMERICA: 'Furious 7' Zooms Past the $160M Mark After Leading Monday with $14.02M on April 07, 2015

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By Daniel Garris

Universal's Furious 7 continued to dominate the daily box office on Monday with a first place take of $14.02 million. The well-received seventh installment of the popular franchise featuring Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and the late Paul Walker fell 58 percent from Sunday. Monday holds are traditionally strong the day after Easter, though it should also be noted that Furious 7 and the rest of the marketplace faced competition from the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship game on Monday. Furious 7 has grossed a massive $161.20 million in just four days of release. That represents the tenth largest four-day start of all time. The film is currently running an extremely impressive 59 percent ahead of the $101.24 million four-day start of last year's Captain America: The Winter Soldier and 38 percent ahead of the $117.04 million four-day take of 2013's Fast & Furious 6.

Home placed in second on Monday with $4.57 million. The successful 3D computer animated film from Fox and DreamWorks Animation was down a slim 24 percent from Sunday and up 27 percent from last Monday. Home continues to exceed expectations in a big way with an eleven-day take of $99.81 million. That places the film 6 percent ahead of the $93.89 million eleven-day take of 2013's The Croods. Home has been relatively front-loaded for a family film thus far, but has a good chance of stabilizing going forward, especially with no new animated films entering the marketplace between now and the June 19th launch of Disney's Inside Out.

Cinderella claimed third place with $1.85 million. Disney's blockbuster fairy tale adaptation was down just 19 percent from Sunday and up 17 percent over last Monday. Cinderella has grossed a strong $168.99 million in 25 days. The film is running 10 percent behind the $187.63 million 25-day take of last year's Maleficent. Cinderella has stabilized nicely over the past week and will hope to hold up well throughout the month of April.

Warner's Get Hard finished in fourth with $1.38 million. The R-rated comedy starring Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart was down 59 percent from Sunday and down a sizable 46.5 percent from last Monday. Get Hard has obviously taken a big hit from the added presence of Furious 7 in the marketplace. The eleven-day total for Get Hard stands at $58.60 million, which places the film 19 percent behind the $72.21 million eleven-day gross of 2010's The Other Guys.

Lionsgate's The Divergent Series: Insurgent rounded out Monday's top five with $1.26 million. The second installment of the young adult series starring Shailene Woodley declined 45 percent from Sunday and 25 percent from last Monday. Insurgent has grossed $104.77 million in 18 days, which places the film 9 percent behind the $114.81 million 18-day take of last year's Divergent.

NORTH AMERICA: Weekend Actuals: 'Furious 7' Speeds to a New April Opening Weekend Record with Massive $147.2M Start on April 06, 2015

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By Daniel Garris

Universal's highly anticipated Furious 7 sped past its already lofty expectations this weekend with a record-breaking $147.19 million start. Thanks to a stronger than expected Easter Sunday hold, Furious 7 came in a significant $3.57 million higher than Sunday's estimate. The well-received seventh installment of the popular franchise featuring Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and the late Paul Walker opened an extremely impressive 55 percent stronger than the $95.02 million start of last year's Captain America: The Winter Solider to establish a new opening weekend record for the month of April. Furious 7 also opened 51 percent stronger than the $97.38 million start of 2013's Fast & Furious 6 to easily set a new all-time opening weekend record for Universal. Furious 7 claimed the ninth largest opening weekend of all time (without adjusting for ticket price inflation).

The opening weekend performance of Furious 7 was made even more impressive by the fact that it was accomplished over Easter weekend; a holiday weekend in which movie-going tends to be subdued. The previous opening weekend record over Easter weekend was the $61.24 million debut of 2010's Clash of the Titans. Anticipation for Furious 7 was helped out by a number of factors, which included the strong reception to Fast & Furious 6, the film's largely positive critical reviews, a lack of high-profile films aimed at male moviegoers in recent weeks and by the tragic passing of Paul Walker in 2013.

Furious 7 did prove to be quite front-loaded this weekend, though that wasn't much of a surprise given Good Friday and that The Fast and the Furious franchise has a history of its weekends being Friday heavy. Furious 7 opened with $67.41 million on Good Friday (which included an estimated $15.8 million from evening shows on Thursday), took in $46.63 million on Saturday, which was a sharp, but understandable 31 percent decline (especially with competition from the NCAA Final Four), and fell just 29 percent on Easter Sunday to gross $33.15 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.18 to 1. Despite the early front-loading, Furious 7 will still have the opportunity to hold up relatively well going forward, thanks in part to strong word of mouth (the film received an A rating on CinemaScore) and the lackluster release schedule throughout the rest of April. Eventually surpassing the $300 million domestic mark shouldn't be a problem for the film.

Furious 7 benefited from having clear four-quadrant appeal. The audience breakdown for Furious 7 skewed very slightly towards male moviegoers (51 percent) and towards moviegoers 25 years and older (56 percent). The film grossed $13.3 million from IMAX locations, which represented 9 percent of this weekend's overall gross.

Home was down one spot this weekend to finish in a distant second with $27.01 million. The successful 3D computer animated film from Fox and DreamWorks Animation was down a sizable 48 percent from last weekend. Clearly, the record-breaking launch of Furious 7 took a toll on the rest of the marketplace in general this weekend and led to additional front-loading for both Home and Get Hard last weekend. With that said, Home continues to perform very well in the bigger picture with a stronger than expected $95.24 million in ten days. That places the film 7 percent ahead of the $88.89 million ten-day start of 2013's The Croods (which fell 39 percent in its second weekend to gross $26.71 million). Home will hope to stabilize going forward, especially with no new animated films entering the marketplace between now and the June 19th launch of Disney's Inside Out.

Warner's Get Hard was down one spot from last weekend to fall to third with $13.13 million. The R-rated comedy starring Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart was down a very sharp 61 percent from last weekend. In addition to the new direct competition from Furious 7, Get Hard was also likely hurt this weekend by mixed word of mouth and poor critical reviews. The ten-day take for Get Hard stands at $57.22 million. That is towards the lower end of pre-release expectations and places the film 18 percent behind the $69.95 million ten-day gross of 2010's The Other Guys (which fell 51 percent in its second weekend to gross $17.41 million).

Cinderella claimed fourth place this weekend with $10.18 million. Disney's blockbuster fairy tale adaptation had one of the weekend's better percentage holds among wide releases, as it was down 40 percent from the previous frame. Cinderella has grossed a strong $167.14 million in 24 days. That currently ranks the film as the highest grossing release of 2015 to date, though obviously Furious 7 will be overtaking it for first place in just a matter of days. Cinderella is running 10 percent behind the $185.88 million 24-day take of last year's Maleficent.

Lionsgate's The Divergent Series: Insurgent followed closely behind in fifth with $10.13 million. The second installment of the young adult series starring Shailene Woodley fell a sharp 53 percent from last weekend. Insurgent surpassed the $100 million domestic mark this weekend and continues to perform on the lower end of expectations with a 17-day take of $103.51 million. That places the film 9 percent behind the $114.01 million 17-day gross of last year's Divergent.

On the limited front, The Weinstein Company's Woman in Gold was off to an encouraging start with $2.09 million from 258 locations. That gave the drama starring Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds a per-location average of $8,107 and placed the film in seventh place for the frame. Since its debut on Wednesday, Woman in Gold has grossed $2.19 million to date.


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