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Kortrijk, Belgium, 28 April 2015 - Global visualization leader Barco is proud to launch Barco Capital, its brand-new portfolio of equipment financing options. Barco Capital opens up new ways for customers to finance their investment in cutting-edge Barco technology to boost their business while balancing the payment spike. The Barco Capital portfolio is initially available for the Digital Cinema, Venues and Hospitality, and Retail and Advertising product portfolios, starting with customers based in Europe and the Americas.
"For both current and potential Barco customers, it's essential to keep abreast of the latest innovation to generate business growth," says Sjoerd De Clerck, Global Director Barco CapitalTM. "With Barco CapitalTM, we help customers upgrade their equipment or invest in our state-of-the-art technology when the traditional capex-driven sales cannot be achieved or aren't appropriate."

Innovative growth
"With the launch of Barco CapitalTM, Barco continues its strategic path of innovative growth," states Paul Hermans, Treasurer at Barco. "A pioneer in many industries, Barco has the legacy of being a true technology innovator. With Barco CapitalTM, we are also raising the bar for innovative services - in this case, financial services. As a one-stop shop, we help customers acquire, maintain and experience the technology they need."

Financial products
The Barco CapitalTM offering - structured by Barco and its financial partners in the applicable region - includes both standard and readily available financial offerings as well as more tailor-made financing products. In both cases customers know the costs, terms and duration beforehand for true peace of mind. With the introduction of the Barco CapitalTM portfolio customers can now also turn to Barco to obtain the right financing for their investment.

 

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By Daniel Garris

Universal's Furious 7 took in $17.82 million this weekend to lead the weekend box office for a fourth consecutive frame. In doing so, Furious 7 became the first film to lead the box office for four consecutive weekends since The Hunger Games did so back in 2012. The seventh installment of the blockbuster franchise featuring Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and the late Paul Walker was down 39 percent from last weekend. Furious 7 was aided a bit this weekend by moviegoers who wanted to catch the film before Disney's highly anticipated Avengers: Age of Ultron debuts in theatres this coming Friday. Furious 7 has grossed a massive $320.08 million in 24 days. That places the film a very impressive 46 percent ahead of the $219.72 million 24-day take of 2013's Fast & Furious 6.

Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 held steady in a not-so-distant second place with $14.78 million. Sony's modestly budgeted Kevin James led comedy sequel fell 38 percent from last weekend's debut. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 has grossed a solid $43.22 million through ten days of release. The film continues to run in line with pre-release expectations and is running 2 percent ahead of the $42.38 million ten-day start of 2011's Zookeeper (which fell 38.5 percent in its second weekend to gross $12.33 million). Despite very poor critical reviews, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 will hope to hold up well going forward due in part to facing a relatively limited amount of new competition for family audiences.

Lionsgate's The Age of Adaline debuted in third place this weekend with $13.20 million. The romantic drama starring Blake Lively opened on the high end of expectations. The Age of Adaline opened just ahead of the $13.02 million start of Fox's The Longest Ride earlier this month. That was an impressive feat given that The Age of Adaline wasn't adapted from a pre-existing novel. The Age of Adaline took in $4.96 million on Friday (which included an estimated $575,000 from Thursday evening shows), increased 8.5 percent on Saturday to gross $5.39 million and declined 47 percent on Sunday to gross $2.86 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.66 to 1. The Age of Adaline received an encouraging A- rating on CinemaScore.

Home grossed $8.01 million to remain in fourth place this weekend. The successful 3D computer animated film from Fox and DreamWorks Animation was down a slim 25 percent from last weekend. Home continues to exceed expectations in a big way with a 31-day take of $153.49 million. That places the film just behind the $154.63 million 31-day take of 2013's The Croods.

Universal's Unfriended rounded out the weekend's top five with $6.16 million. The ultra low-budget horror film from Blumhouse Productions was down two spots and a sharp 61 percent from last weekend. Unfriended has grossed $25.08 million in ten days. While Unfriended isn't quite living up to its break-out potential, it is still performing well with its cost in mind. Unfriended is running 28 percent behind the $34.80 million ten-day take of last year's Ouija (which fell 46 percent in its second weekend to gross $10.74 million).

A24's Ex Machina expanded very nicely in its first weekend of semi-wide release with a sixth place take of $5.35 million. The critically acclaimed Alex Garland directed sci-fi film generated a solid per-location average of $4,263 while playing in 1,255 locations this weekend. Ex Machina delivered the largest weekend performance ever for an A24 release in its first weekend of major release. The young distributor's previous high-water mark was the $4.86 million take of 2013's Spring Breakers in its first weekend of semi-wide release. Ex Machina has grossed a promising $6.83 million in 17 days. A24 will continue to expand the film into additional locations going forward.

Elsewhere in semi-wide release, Little Boy debuted all the way down in 13th place with $2.75 million. The modestly budgeted comedy drama from Open Road earned a respectable per-location average of $2,632 from 1,045 locations. Little Boy was especially front-loaded this weekend; the film opened with $1.36 million on Friday, decreased an alarming 41 percent on Saturday to gross $0.80 million and fell 26 percent on Sunday to gross $0.59 million. That gave the film an opening weekend to Friday ratio of just 2.03 to 1, which isn't a good early sign for the film going forward.

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Projector Lights Up Giant Screen Of Historic Twilight Theatre in Greensburg, Kansas

CYPRESS, Calif. - (April 27, 2015) - A Kansas town devastated by a major tornado in 2007 has rebuilt its historic theatre, lighting up its giant screen with a state-of-the-art digital cinema projector donated by Christie®. The projector illuminates the 58-foot-wide screen of the Twilight Theatre and Community Auditorium in Greensburg, Kan., which is part of Kiowa County - about 100 miles west of Wichita. The theatre celebrated its grand reopening the weekend of April 24 with a red carpet-style opening night, featuring live music and a free screening of the 1985 hit movie, Back to the Future. The celebration continued over the weekend with family friendly activities and movies.

The opening of the Twilight Theatre in 1917 marked a new era of entertainment in America. It featured modern opera chairs, beautifully painted Art Deco styling throughout, and a soaring, 24-foot ceiling. It was soon offering programming that included silent films, vaudeville, musical performances, and rallies for war bonds. The entire building was destroyed in the EF-5 tornado in 2007 that also leveled 95 percent of the town and badly damaged the remaining structures. Against all odds, the town rebuilt again to become America's leading community in LEED-Certified buildings, with wind turbine energy supplying much of its power.

The new, ultra-modern Twilight Theatre, in partnership with the Kiowa County School, will show first run movies, serve as the school's auditorium, be a community meeting space, and host theatre, dance and other community functions. It includes an improved sound system featuring Dolby® Surround 7.1, and other modern amenities.

A Call to Action
Twilight Theatre's Executive Director Adam Wagner, who picked up the mantle in securing funding and rebuilding the theatre, recalled walking trade show floors last year, approaching cinema manufacturers who might assist in donating equipment.

"When we approached Christie, they immediately offered to donate one of their top-of-the-line digital cinema projectors. We were absolutely thrilled by their generosity," said Wagner. "Christie's digital cinema projector is truly the theatre's ‘crowning jewel,' providing us with a state-of-the-art auditorium on par with the best, most modern facilities in the world. We are very appreciative for the consideration of great companies such as Christie."

"Christie's projector was installed by Cinema Equipment & Supplies (CE+S), which also donated its services, and for this I know that we, Adam, and the community, are very appreciative," said Scott McCallum, Christie's Midwest-based Entertainment Solutions Manager.

"Giving back to the community is an integral part of our corporate culture and something we strive to accomplish every day," said Kathryn Cress, vice president, Global and Corporate Marketing, Christie. "We didn't hesitate to contribute to the town's amazing success story. They literally came back from the rubble, becoming the ultimate example of what people can accomplish when they work together for a common cause. We are proud to know that our digital cinema projector will be providing many years of exceptional entertainment to the people of this amazing community."

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Jonathan Papish

As expected, Avengers: Age of Ultron was a global hit this weekend, racking up $201.2 million in just 55% of the international marketplace and opening at #1 in all 44 territories it premiered. The total is an estimated 44% ahead of the original Avengers film and 24% ahead of Iron Man 3 accounting for currency fluctuation. The top 5 markets were South Korea ($28.2 million), the UK and Ireland ($27.3 million), Russia ($16.2 million), Brazil ($13.1 million), and Australia ($13.1 million). 

 

Ultron smashed box office records in Asia where it had the biggest opening weekend of all-time in Russia, Hong Kong ($6.4 million), and the Philippines ($7.7 million), and the second biggest opening weekend in South Korea, India ($7.7 million), Singapore ($3.6 million), and Vietnam. The sequel performed strongly in Europe as well, taking the highest opening weekend ever for a superhero movie in the UK/Ireland, Germany ($9.3 million), Sweden, Norway, and the Netherlands.

 

Ultron also set new records on overseas IMAX screens, scoring $10.4 million on 175 IMAX screens to become the best-ever opening beating Interstellar’s $7.188 million. Highlights include Hong Kong which swept up $420K on 4 screens ($106K /screen), South Korea which took in $1.6 million on 15 screens ($106K /screen) and the Philippines which grossed $650k on 8 screens ($81K /screen).

 

More international markets will roll out Ultron next weekend including Spain, Mexico, Portugal, Croatia, Czech Rep, Greece, Lebanon, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, Thailand, Trinidad, Panama, Venezuela, Uruguay, Paraguay, Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Chile and Colombia, along with the highly anticipated North American opening. China will open on May 12th due to a local holiday next weekend and Japan will open on July 4.

 

Furious 7 became the third film in history to cross the $1 billion mark overseas this weekend after Avatar ($2.027 billion) and Titanic ($1.528 billion). Combined with an estimated $320.5 million domestic cume, Furious 7 is now the 5th highest grossing film in history with a global tally of $1.322 billion. Chinese moviegoers have helped this latest installment (an 8th was just announced for an April 2017 release) become the highest grossing film in its box office history, racing past Transformers: Age of Extinction’s $319 million this weekend for an estimated total of $323 million. China’s BO total has also outgunned the North American cume, not unheard of for films that flop domestically yet shine in China, but astonishing in the fact that Furious 7 was considered a runaway success in both countries.

 

Thanks to a $7.7 million opening in China, Home brought in $13.7 million this weekend, transporting its overseas cume to $147.1 million. The DreamWorks’ animation crossed $300 million globally. Other strong markets include France which earned $1.4 million ($3.4 million cume) and dropped only 4%, and the UK which scored an addition $1 million for $31.5 million cume.

 

Cinderella danced to $8.5M this weekend as it opened in its last international territory, Japan. The overseas cume now stands at $284.0 million and $474.646 million globally. The Disney fantasy opened at #1 in Japan, picking up $4.8 million and grossing the highest opening weekend in 2015 for a Western release.

 

Run All Night snapped up $3.3 million this weekend bringing the international cume to $33.7 million and the global haul to $59.94 million. Italy and Brazil will open on April 30 and Japan will open on May 16. 

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Sunday Update: Universal's Furious 7 took in an estimated $18.26 million this weekend to lead the weekend box office for a fourth consecutive frame. In doing so, Furious 7 became the first film to lead the box office for four consecutive weekends since The Hunger Games did so back in 2012. The seventh installment of the blockbuster franchise featuring Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and the late Paul Walker was down 37 percent from last weekend. Furious 7 was aided a bit this weekend by moviegoers who wanted to catch the film before Disney's highly anticipated Avengers: Age of Ultron debuts in theatres this coming Friday. Furious 7 has grossed a massive $320.54 million in 24 days. That places the film a very impressive 46 percent ahead of the $219.72 million 24-day take of 2013's Fast & Furious 6.

Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 held steady in a not-so-distant second place with an estimated $15.5 million. Sony's modestly budgeted Kevin James led comedy sequel fell 35 percent from last weekend's debut. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 has grossed a solid $43.95 million through ten days of release. The film continues to run in line with pre-release expectations and is running 4 percent ahead of the $42.38 million ten-day start of 2011's Zookeeper (which fell 38.5 percent in its second weekend to gross $12.33 million). Despite very poor critical reviews, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 will hope to hold up well going forward due in part to facing a relatively limited amount of new competition for family audiences.

Lionsgate's The Age of Adaline debuted in third place this weekend with an estimated $13.38 million. The romantic drama starring Blake Lively opened on the high end of expectations. The Age of Adaline opened just ahead of the $13.02 million start of Fox's The Longest Ride earlier this month. That was an impressive feat given that The Age of Adaline wasn't adapted from a pre-existing novel. The Age of Adaline opened with $4.95 million on Friday (which included an estimated $575,000 from Thursday evening shows), increased 8 percent on Saturday to gross $5.35 million and is estimated to decline 42.5 percent on Sunday to gross $3.08 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.70 to 1. The Age of Adaline received an encouraging A- rating on CinemaScore.

Home grossed an estimated $8.3 million to remain in fourth place this weekend. The successful 3D computer animated film from Fox and DreamWorks Animation was down a slim 22 percent from last weekend. Home continues to exceed expectations in a big way with a 31-day take of $153.78 million. That places the film just behind the $154.63 million 31-day take of 2013's The Croods.

Universal's Unfriended rounded out the weekend's top five with an estimated $6.24 million. The ultra low-budget horror film from Blumhouse Productions was down two spots and a sharp 61 percent from last weekend. Unfriended has grossed $25.15 million in ten days. While Unfriended isn't quite living up to its break-out potential, it is still performing well with its cost in mind. Unfriended is running 28 percent behind the $34.80 million ten-day take of last year's Ouija (which fell 46 percent in its second weekend to gross $10.74 million).

A24's Ex Machina expanded very nicely in its first weekend of semi-wide release with a sixth place take of $5.44 million. The critically acclaimed Alex Garland directed sci-fi film generated a solid per-location average of $4,336 while playing in 1,255 locations this weekend. Ex Machina delivered the largest weekend performance ever for an A24 release in its first weekend of major release. The young distributor's previous high-water mark was the $4.86 million take of 2013's Spring Breakers in its first weekend of semi-wide release. Ex Machina has grossed a promising $6.92 million in 17 days. A24 will continue to expand the film into additional locations going forward.

Elsewhere in semi-wide release, Little Boy debuted all the way down in 13th place with an estimated $2.83 million. The modestly budgeted family comedy from Open Road earned a respectable per-location average of $2,708 from 1,045 locations. Little Boy was especially front-loaded this weekend; the film opened with $1.35 million on Friday, decreased an alarming 41 percent on Saturday to gross $0.80 million and is estimated to fall 15 percent on Sunday to gross $0.68 million. That gives the film an estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio of just 2.10 to 1, which isn't a good early sign for the film going forward.

Saturday Update: Lionsgate reports that The Age of Adaline claimed first place on Friday with a healthy $4.96 million. That's just 10 percent below the first day of The Longest Ride, which is respectable given Adaline's lack of a built-in fan base as well-established as that of Nicholas Sparks. The film has similarly modest early word of mouth with a 72 percent audience score on Rotten Tomatoes, while critics gave it a 53 percent. BoxOffice projects $13.5 million for the weekend in third place.

In second place Friday, Furious 7 eased 42 percent to $4.8 million. That brings its domestic haul up to a staggering $307.1 million in 22 days of release. Universal is projecting a $16.3 million, which we think will land it a fourth consecutive weekend box office crown.

In third place yesterday, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 added $3.75 million, down 49 percent from opening day last week. With $32.2 million in the bank through 8 days of release, the film is pacing 34 percent behind its predecessor, but is still performing well overall. BoxOffice projects a $13.6 million sophomore frame in second place.

Unfriended claimed $2.0 million yesterday, off 71 percent from opening day last week. The film's 8-day tally stands at $20.9 million. BoxOffice projects $6.0 million this weekend.

Home took in another $1.825 million for a 26 percent week-to-week decline. With $146.8 million earned thus far, look for a $7.9 million frame.

Ex Machina pulled an estimated $1.71 million as it expanded into 1,255 theaters for wide release this weekend. The strongly reviewed sci-fi film (90 percent) is also generating great word of mouth among viewers (89 percent). It'll be interesting to see how the film holds up from here. BoxOffice projects a $4.5 million weekend.

Meanwhile, Open Road's Little Boy bowed to $1.35 million yesterday. Although critics haven't taken to the film (14 percent), audiences are thus far giving it their approval with an encouraging 87 percent score. BoxOffice is projecting a $3.9 million opening weekend.

The Water Diviner took in $374,000 from its limited 320 location opening yesterday, scoring an "A-" CinemaScore in the process. The Russell Crowe-led and -helmed flick could net around $1 million this weekend.

Check BoxOffice on Sunday for official weekend estimates from the studios.

Friday Update #2: Sources tell BoxOffice that Furious 7 should have no problem staying #1 with more than $16 million. The Age of Adaline will be in second with $13 million.

Check back tomorrow for updated projections and official studio numbers.

Friday Update #1: Lionsgate reports that Age of Adaline earned $575K from Thursday evening shows. To put that into perspective, The Boy Next Door--another film that skewed heavily female--posted $500K on its way to a $14.9 million opening weekend.

Check back later today for weekend projections...

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