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By Daniel Garris

Universal's Furious 7 grossed $2.92 million on Thursday to lead the daily box office for a 14th straight day. The well-received seventh installment of the blockbuster franchise featuring Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and the late Paul Walker was essentially unchanged from Wednesday's performance and down a sharp 65 percent from last Thursday. Furious 7 easily led the week with a weekly take $73.42 million. That represented a 62 percent decline from the film's opening week performance and brings the film's two-week total to a massive $265.35 million. Furious 7 is running an extremely impressive 45 percent ahead of the $183.19 million 14-day take of 2013's Fast & Furious 6.

Fox's The Longest Ride rounded out its first week of release with a second place take of $0.822 million. The Nicholas Sparks adaptation starring Britt Robertson and Scott Eastwood was up 2 percent over Wednesday, which represented one of the day's better daily percentage holds among wide releases. The Longest Ride placed in third for the week with a seven-day start of $16.66 million. That was on the low end of pre-release expectations. The film is running 29 percent ahead of the $12.93 million seven-day take of last year's The Best of Me and 42 percent behind the $28.60 million seven-day gross of 2012's The Lucky One.

Fellow Fox release Home held steady in third place with $0.712 million. The successful 3D computer animated film from DreamWorks Animation was down 1 percent from Wednesday and down a sharp 77 percent from last Thursday. Home placed in second for the week with $21.76 million. The film was down 49 percent from the previous frame and has grossed a significantly stronger than expected $132.31 million through three weeks of release.

Woman In Gold was up one spot and 2 percent over Wednesday to move into fourth place on Thursday with $0.583 million. The drama from The Weinstein Company starring Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds placed in seventh for the week with $7.90 million. Woman In Gold has grossed a solid $11.36 million in 16 days and will be playing in 2,011 locations this weekend.

Warner's Get Hard was down one spot and 5 percent from Wednesday to round out Thursday's top five with $0.576 million. The R-rated comedy starring Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart placed in fourth for the week with $10.88 million. That was down 41 percent from the previous frame and brings the film's three-week total to $73.45 million.

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By Daniel Loria

It only took 17 days for Furious 7 to become the first $1 billion worldwide hit of the year, the fastest any film has ever taken to reach that mark.

2015 is truly shaping up to be the big box office year many industry analysts expected, but the sheer speed the latest Fast & Furious film reached the vaunted benchmark remains to be surprising. This marks the first time a Universal release reaches the $1 billion global mark in studio history, considering Jurassic Park only reached its $1.044 billion tally following a 3D re-release in 2013. 

The power of the overseas box office contributed $735.2 million from 17 days in release as of Friday. The film has grossed $273.7 million in North America in just 15 days. This puts Furious 7 at a global $1.009 million with Saturday and Sunday numbers still to come. As a whole, the Fast & Furious franchise has grossed a total of $3.392 billion through all seven installments.  

"We're incredibly proud to watch Fast & Furious take its place as the only original live-action franchise to reach these kinds of results at the box office. Our cast, filmmakers and all of our Universal and Fast family deserve credit for working so hard to make Furious 7 a huge success and we look forward to continuing to watch the film grow over the next few weeks," commented Nick Carpou, President of Domestic Distribution at Universal, on the film's success.

"What started as a small film about the street racing sub-culture of East Los Angeles has become a global phenomenon with Furious 7 shattering records in so many territories around the globe. We're thrilled to celebrate this accomplishment with our colleagues and distribution partners throughout the world, who have made these extraordinary results possible," added Duncan Clark, President of International Distribution for Universal.

Furious 7 also holds record for the second-biggest worldwide debut of all time with $397.2 million (behind Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2); highest-grossing domestic and overseas openings in studio history ($147.2M and $250M respectively); biggest April and Easter opening; the highest domestic opening since November 2013; the all-time highest opening weekend of all time in 29 territories; the highest grossing Universal film of all time in 26 territories; and the biggest opening day of all time in China with $63.5 million, beating the previous record holder, Transformers 4's $36 million, by a wide margin.  

"I am incredibly proud of the motion picture team at Universal, the cast and filmmakers of the FAST & FURIOUS for all they have done to take our original idea and evolve it into a huge, global, blockbuster franchise." said Ron Meyer, Vice Chairman of NBCUniversal, in an official blogpost.

The record-breaking success begs a follow-up question...

Can any other 2015 beat this record and reach the $1 billion global mark in less than 17 days?

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By Alex Edghill

Friday Morning Update: First let's start with The Avengers: Age Of Ultron which finally took over top spot this past weekend. Hardly a surprise since its release is now just two weeks away and the marketing for the film has kicked into high gear, but still nice to see. It had just over 260,000 tweets on the week which was mighty impressive, and a number which we could see rise to over 400,000 this time next week given the increase in buzz it has been seeing. The record on the year for weekly tweets of a film in pre-release is actually owned by the same Age Of Ultron which had 418k tweets back in the beginning of March after its last big trailer reveal. I'm thinking that number might be in trouble this time next week.

Spectre waned as expected over the past week as it fell by over 65%, almost making way for the latest hot ticket - Star Wars: The Force Returns. With its second trailer, Star Wars had over 68,000 tweets yesterday, and so far today it is at over 90k tweets and should end up well north of six figures. Its first trailer had 142k back in December so its very impressive to see it so very close to that number with its second. Fitting to have this and Avengers duking it out over the next week because no other film should come close to their box office totals on the year.

Ant-Man also had a strong showing for its second trailer this past week as it generated over 44,000 tweets, very close to the 55,356 tweets its first trailer generated back in January of the year. A far cry from Avengers and even Deadpool's first picture reveal but considering that it comes after Age Of Ultron and exists in the same cinematic universe it has a lot going for it. Captain America and Thor debuted their franchises with ~$65 million a few years ago prior to Avengers. Considering that Ant-Man is a fringe character and not nearly as well known means that anything in the range of $50 million should be very favorable for a first film in the franchise.

 Twitter Top 10 Movies for the week of April 10th to April 16th

Date Movie Tweets Rank Change
5/01/15 Avengers: Age of Ultron 261,116 1 (+1) 44.30%
11/06/15 Spectre 94,910 2 (-1) -66.38%
12/18/15 Star Wars: The Force Awakens 87,985  (+12) 340.87%
7/17/15 Ant-Man 68,724 4 (+20) 1503.08%
2/12/16 Deadpool 49,537 5 (-2) -47.34%

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PRESS RELEASE:

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Los Angeles, CA, USA, April 17, 2015 - Michigan-based Emagine Entertainment Inc. (Emagine), has recently confirmed its commitment to a continued technology partnership with Vista Entertainment Solutions (Vista), a company of Vista Group International. Vista has been deployed throughout Emagine's cinema sites since 2002; the 13-year relationship makes Emagine Vista's longest standing customer in the USA.

Since opening their first site in 1997, Emagine now boasts 15,000+ seats and 76 screens across their nine sites. Recently launching Emagine Macomb in December 2014, the nine-screen, 1,070-seat venue is an impressive representation of the movie theatres of the future.

Paul Glantz, Co-Founder and Chairman of Emagine says, "This theatre is going to reinvent the movie-going experience for guests with 100% reserved seating, a full service bar, and in-theatre dining like you have never seen before. People will be treated to an evening of fantastic food and drink choices, and great movies, in an incredibly comfortable and intimate environment."

Emagine is recognized as being an innovator in the theatrical exhibition industry, having been the first theatre chain in the world to convert 100% to digital projection. With Vista the leading supplier of cinema management software worldwide, Emagine saw Vista's cutting edge products matching a mutual interest in the future of cinema technology. As Emagine's Managing Partner, Jon Goldstein, noted, "We've remained dedicated to the Vista platform due to the continued investment in state-of-the-art technology. In a rapidly changing world of customer behaviors and preferences, I believe Vista is the software company best positioned to meet our customers' expectations."

Vista USA President, Derek Forbes, comments, "We have absolutely enjoyed working with Paul Glantz, Jon Goldstein, and the team at Emagine for many years. Their continued leadership and innovation within the cinema industry is impressive and Vista is dedicated to assisting them maintain that top role. We very much look forward to our ongoing partnership."

About Vista Entertainment Solutions
Vista Entertainment Solutions Ltd (Vista) is the world-leader in cinema management software solutions with installations in over 60 countries across all continents and an estimated 38% global market share in the Large Cinema Circuit market. The Vista software product line is both integrated & scalable, suited to cinema exhibitor's operating 20+ screens and up to 100's of cinemas. Vista software comprises multiple software modules required to deliver optimal Box Office returns, total cinema management and both internal and external analysis and reporting.

A company of Vista Group International Ltd (NZX: VGL, ASX: VGI), Vista Entertainment Solutions is head-quartered in Auckland, New Zealand and has subsidiaries incorporated in Los Angeles, London, and Shanghai.

www.vista.co / www.vistagroup.co
Twitter @VistaNZ
www.linkedin.com/company/vista-entertainment-solutions

About Emagine Entertainment, Inc.
Emagine Entertainment Inc.'s (Emagine) affiliates own and operate Cinema Hollywood in Birch Run, Clio Square Cinema in Clio, Emagine Theatres of Canton, Novi, Woodhaven, Rochester Hills and Royal Oak, as well as Star Lanes at Emagine Royal Oak. Emagine operates theatres with a combined 15,000+ seats and 80 screens. Emagine enjoys the honor and distinction of being named "Best Movie Theatre" by the Detroit Free Press, the Detroit News, and WDIV, for several consecutive years.

www.emagine-entertainment.com
Twitter @EmagineTheatres

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Christie showcases solutions designed to inspire and entertain moviegoers, ensuring a sense of technology-driven wonder with every visit to the cinema

CINEMACON/LAS VEGAS - (April 17, 2015) - Christie®, the leader in creating and sharing the world's best visual and audio experiences, will showcase a wide range of cinema projection, immersive audio and digital-signage lobby solutions, designed to draw and captivate moviegoers at CinemaCon 2015, Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, April 20-24, in Booth 2203A.

"Christie has led the industry in the rollout of digital cinema projection solutions over the past decade, and it continues to be the ‘go-to innovator' for attendees of this pre-eminent gathering of exhibitors and professionals, who are engaged in creating and displaying the best in movies and alternative content," said Kathryn Cress, vice president, Global and Corporate Marketing, Christie.

"Our theme this year, which has struck a chord with our thousands of exhibitor customers across the globe, is ‘Christie has it - From the street to the screen,' reflecting Christie's ability to create immersive solutions that draw in and captivate moviegoers, influencing and engaging them from the moment they step into a theater lobby. This in turn will continue to drive revenue into our customers' pockets," added Cress.

Christie's offerings, which span the needs of independent exhibitors, drive-ins, film festivals and post-production studios, as well as global cinema chains, will be displayed at CinemaCon and include:

Christie® Experiential Networks - The Christie Experiential Network, offering new opportunities for engaging audiences with interactive digital content, will be a top draw. Members of the Christie THREE SIXTY team will be on-hand to answer customer and press questions about creative content and digital delivery;

3P and 6P 4K laser projection - Higher brightness, higher contrast, and REC.2020 color capability for the ultimate cinema experience on large-format, ‘premium' screens;

Christie Solaria Series - Lamp-based digital cinema projection in 2K, 4K and in 2D and 3D, on standard and large-format, ‘premium' screens;

Christie Xenolite® lamps - 99.999% uptime for ultimate reliability and efficiency;

Christie Vive AudioTM - Immersive cinema audio solutions using the latest audio technology that significantly outperforms legacy sound systems using older compression driver technology;

Christie SKA-3D - Still the Swiss army knife of audio and video processing, allowing seamless playback of 3D Blu-Ray content on a cinema projector, full cinema audio processing, complete with built-in crossovers and decoding for all major audio formats;

Digital signage and flat panels - Destined to bring any exhibitor's lobby to life with motion graphics, the hottest trailers and enticing concession selections.

On Monday, April 20, from 12-12:45pm in Palace Ballroom III, George Scheckel, Director of Business Development for Christie, will be participating in an industry discussion - "The three S's of the immersive cinema experience: Sight, sound and seats" - on how exhibitors can add value in the ever-evolving cinema space. (Note: An International day or press badge is required to attend the International Day events and presentations.)

Christie Partners With Industry Leaders at CinemaCon 2015
In addition to comprehensive solutions on display in Christie booth 2203A, a number of Christie partners will also be at CinemaCon, relying on Christie technology to anchor their own, innovative cinema solutions. These include:

Dolby VisionTM at CinemaCon - Attendees will be able to experience first-hand the wonders of Dolby Vision in the Colosseum throughout the show. Christie® and Dolby Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE: DLB) announced in December 2014 that they had developed the proprietary Dolby Vision projection systems for Dolby CinemaTM. Dolby Vision uses high-dynamic-range (HDR) technology with enhanced color, leveraging two newly designed, proprietary high-frame-rate (HFR) capable Christie 4K laser projection heads that feature a highly customized and unique light path. Combined with Christie's 6P modular laser light sources, this technology delivers high-contrast images and ultra-brightness, which define the visual excellence of Dolby CinemaTM.

Recently AMC Theatres and Dolby Laboratories announced Dolby Cinema at AMC Prime with an installation plan of delivering up to 100 United States locations by 2024 beginning with four locations deployed by mid-May. The Dolby Vision laser projection component of Dolby Cinema was co-developed with Christie, as announced in December, 2014 (see http://bit.ly/1vsgYrG).

In addition to the Dolby Vision Christie laser projectors, four Christie Solaria CP4230 DLP Cinema® projectors will be in use for selected event screening in the Colosseum.

CJ Group, ScreenXTM and 4DX® - For attendees looking for something new in the cinema experience, CJ Group will be demonstrating its immersive ‘ScreenX' offering, using several additional Christie DLP projectors in the auditorium for side wall projection, at the AMC Town Square 18 complex in Las Vegas. This content will include trailers from upcoming Hollywood titles. Also, Christie Solaria projectors and the Christie Vive AudioTM line will be in CJ Group's 4DX 2003 booth at CinemaCon. The world's first 4D cinema for full feature films, 4DX is the ultimate in state of the art technology delivering a fully immersive cinematic experience with motion chairs and environmental effects such as wind, air, water, lightning, and scents to work in perfect synchronicity with the action on screen.

About Christie
Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc. is a global visual technologies company and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ushio, Inc., Japan, (JP:6925). Consistently setting the standards by being the first to market some of the world's most advanced projectors, complete system displays and audio solutions, Christie is recognized as one of the most innovative visual technology companies in the world. From retail displays to Hollywood, mission critical command centers to classrooms and training simulators, Christie display and audio solutions and projectors capture the attention of audiences around the world with dynamic and stunning images. Visit www.christiedigital.com for more information.

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