furious7longrange.pngLOS ANGELES - April 1, 2015 - According to Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination, "Furious 7" is tearing up the record books with the biggest pre-sales for any April release in Fandango history. The highly-anticipated seventh installment in the "Fast and Furious" franchise tops Fandango's Fanticipation movie buzz indicator this week with a smashing 98 out of 100 points -- and is pacing significantly ahead of April 2014's "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" at the same point in that film's ticket sales cycle on Fandango. It also represents more than 80% of all Fandango sales this weekend.

"'Furious 7' is leaving the competition in the dust with the hottest ticket sales we've ever seen for an April release," says Fandango Chief Correspondent Dave Karger. "‘Furious 7' is firing on all cylinders. With its exciting, diverse cast and insane action set-pieces - which somehow manage to top the over-the-top stunts from the last ‘Fast and Furious' movie - it's currently pacing to crush the record for the biggest April opening ever."

According to a Fandango survey of more than 1,000 "Furious 7" moviegoers:
· 96% identify themselves as fans of the "Fast and Furious" franchise;

· 95% have been looking forward to the film's over-the-top stunts;

· 89% have seen at least one of the "Fast and Furious" films on the big screen;

· 83% will see the film on opening weekend;

· 67% picked Jason Statham as the new cast member they most wanted to see;

· 65% follow "Furious 7" on social media.

On Fandango's movie recommendation show, "Weekend Ticket," Karger breaks down this weekend's new releases and interviews "Furious 7" stars Michelle Rodriguez and Chris ‘Ludacris' Bridges. The full episode can be found at http://www.fandango.com/WeekendTicket. Fandango Movieclips has put together an epic car mash-up as a tribute to the "Fast and Furious" franchise at http://www.fandango.com/movie-trailer/epiccarmashup-trailer/172963?autoplay=true&mpxId=2661054668.

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.


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sonydigitalcinema4k.pngThe official press release:

A landmark in event cinema, the 12th March performance of Behind the Beautiful Forevers was specially recorded in front of an audience at the NT's Olivier Theatre using six Sony F55 4K cameras. Mastered as a 4K DCP (Digital Cinema Package), the show will be screened as a series of exclusive 4K presentations across the whole of Vue's 83-site estate. Fully exploiting the phenomenal detail, contrast and colour gamut captured by the F55, the 4K screenings will bring patrons in Vue cinemas closer than ever to the atmosphere of being in the best seats in the house at the actual performance.

Staged by the NT's incoming Artistic Director Rufus Norris and starring Meera Syal Behind the Beautiful Forevers has attracted widespread critical acclaim since its opening in 2014. Bringing the performance from stage to screen in 4K has seen Sony, NT Live and Vue working closely with a tight-knit team of technical partners to ensure the highest possible picture quality for cinematic presentation.

"NT Live and its technical partners have set the benchmark for bringing world-class theatre into cinemas," commented David McIntosh, Vice President, Sony Digital Cinema 4K Solutions for Europe and the Americas. "When Vue audiences enjoy Behind the Beautiful Forevers projected in Sony 4K, they will experience the very best in contemporary drama on the big screen - with the absolute finest picture quality they'll witness anywhere."

Please find the full news attached and a selection of images here.

If you need further information, or would like to speak to a spokespeople within Sony Digital Cinema, please don't hesitate to contact Rebecca.White@eu.sony.com.


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By Daniel Garris

Home took in $3.60 million on Monday to lead the daily box office for a fourth straight day. The 3D computer animated film from Fox and DreamWorks Animation featuring the voices of Jim Parsons and Rihanna was down 75 percent from Sunday. That represented the day's largest daily percentage decline among wide releases and signals that the film is skewing very heavily towards family audiences. Home has grossed a significantly stronger than expected $55.71 million in four days. The film is currently running 62 percent stronger than the $34.44 million four-day start of last year's Mr. Peabody & Sherman and 16.5 percent stronger than the $47.84 million four-day take of 2013's The Croods.

Warner's Get Hard placed in second with $2.59 million. The R-rated comedy starring Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart was down 67 percent from Sunday. Get Hard continues to perform towards the higher end of pre-release expectations with a healthy four-day start of $36.92 million. The film is running 54 percent ahead of the $24.04 million four-day take of this year's The Wedding Ringer and 9 percent behind the $40.52 million four-day start of 2010's The Other Guys.

Lionsgate's The Divergent Series: Insurgent placed in third with $1.67 million. The second installment of the young adult series starring Shailene Woodley fell 68 percent from Sunday and 47 percent from last Monday. Insurgent has grossed a very solid $87.52 million through eleven days of release. That places the film 9 percent behind the $96.04 million eleven-day gross of last year's Divergent.

Cinderella claimed fourth place with $1.58 million. In the process, Disney's blockbuster fairy tale adaptation surpassed the $150 million domestic mark yesterday. Cinderella was down 66 percent from Sunday and down a solid 37 percent from last Monday. With an 18-day gross of $151.13 million, Cinderella is running 9 percent behind the $165.29 million 18-day take of last year's Maleficent.

It Follows rounded out Monday's top five with $0.367 million. The critically acclaimed horror thriller from RADiUS-TWC was down just 59 percent from Sunday, which was among the day's stronger daily percentage holds for wide releases. It Follows has grossed $4.91 million to date and will hope to hold up well going forward with the aid of strong word of mouth and critical reviews.

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furious7longrange.pngMovieTickets.com reports that advance ticket sales of Furious 7 via their website is 34 percent ahead of the tickets the company sold for Fast & Furious 6 at the same point in the sales cycle. The film is also trending #1 for MovieTickets.com with 42% of all tickets sold in the last 24 hours being from moviegoers wanting to see the seventh film in the franchise.

Stay tuned for more news as Furious 7's global release approaches...

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americancinemaequipment_ace_.pngThe official press release from ACE:

John Venice, who earned much of his engineering proficiency in southern California, has joined the IT cinema professionals of American Cinema Equipment, Although based in the northwestern US, Mr. Venice's expertise will be valued throughout the country. Scott Hicks, President and CEO of ACE (American Cinema Equipment) obviously knew a top-notch technical specialist when meeting Mr. Venice--the ACE CEO himself has 40+ years cinema technician background.

"John brings not only a high level of digital cinema knowledge with him, but he also adds Crestron programming to our IT team," explains Mr. Hicks. "Our company is celebrating 20 years serving technical excellence and sound value to cinemas across the nation. ACE brings IT understanding, along with solid optical and audio expertise, to our digital cinema customers. Our engineers are in high demand for critical listening and visual accuracy, as well as hands-on installation and systems troubleshooting to maximize digital equipment performance. We are fortunate to have John Venice join our engineers. His addition represents an expansion of both our overall technical offerings as well as IT depth."

ACE now enjoys full service for the major immersive sound systems in representing Auro 11.1, Meyer Sound and Dolby Atmos lines. Members of our engineering group will be on hand at CinemaCon in the ACE trade show booth.

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