Box Office: ‘Furious 7′ Becomes Highest Grossing Sequel In ‘Fast & Furious’ Series In 10 Days!

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It took Fast & Furious 6fifteen weeks to final its domestic cume at $238.67M during the summer of 2013, and it will take Furious 7 just 10 days to unseat that film as the highest grossing title in the Fast & Furious franchise.  Universal sees Furious 7 clocking a second weekend of $60.6M at 4,022 raising the pic’s 10-day cume to $252.5M by end of today. That’s a 59% decline which is slightly better than the -64% that  Fast and Furious 6 registered in its second sesh.  Last night, Saturday tickets sales saw a 35% spike over Friday’s studio-reported $18.8M bringing the cume to $236.07M.  Furious 7‘s second weekend of $60.6 is the third best sophomore sesh for a film playing prior to summer, ranking behind the No. 2 frames of American Sniper ($64.6M) and Alice in Wonderland ($62.7M). Among the all-time best second weekends at the B.O., Furious 7 ranks 12th.

While Furious 7 and a number of studio pics were hogging up the top portion of the box office charts, arthouse distribs took advantage of the opportunity to serve older, smarter audiences by widening up some of their prestige pics. Hence, the expansions of Weinstein Co.’s Woman in GoldBleecker’ Street’s Danny Collins and A24’s Noah Baumbach film While We’re Young respectively took spots 7, 9 and 10 with the latter generating $1.3M from 242 playdates for a PTA of $5,598 (Brian Brooks will weigh in more about their success in his indie post).

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Large format and Imax accounted for 14% of Furious 7‘s second weekend, which has greatly rocketed it past its previous installment. When  Fast and Furious 6 was released in May 2013, it was only in a handful of Imax situations since Star Trek Into Darkness had the Vulcan grip on the majority of the large format brand’s theaters. Strong play for Furious 7 is coming out of the west and the south central region of the United States. Universal is already hearing from exhibs that repeat viewing is impacting ticket sales. Where’s the finish line for Furious 7 stateside? One non-Uni box office analyst who has run various projection models believes that Furious 7 could get as high as $375M at the domestic B.O.

In second, DreamWorks Animation’s Home from 20th Century Fox took in $19M, down just 30% in its third frame at 3,703 theaters for a running cume of $129.55M.  Total domestic cume for Home is currently pacing ahead of last year’s DWA champ How to Train Your Dragon 2 by 6%.

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Below are the studio reported top 10 films for the weekend of April 10-12:

1).  Furious 7 (UNI), 4,022 theaters (+18)/ $18.8M Fri. / $25.3M Sat. (+35%)/ $16.4M Sun. (-35%) / 3-day cume: $60.6M (-59%)/ Total Cume: $252.5M/ Wk 2

2). Home (FOX/DW), 3,703 theaters (-98) / $5.5M Fri. / $8.1M Sat. (+45%)/ $5.3M Sun. (-34%) / 3-day cume: $19M (-30%) / Total cume: $129.6M / Wk 3

3).  The Longest Ride (FOX), 3,366 theaters / $5.5M Fri./$4.9M Sat. (-11%)/ $3.1M Sun. (-37%) /3-day cume: $13.5M / Wk 1

4). Get Hard (WB), 3,132 theaters (-80) / $2.6M Fri./ $3.6M Sat. (+37%)/ $2.3M Sun. (-35%) / 3-day cume: $8.6M (-34%) / Total cume: $71.2M / Wk 3

5). Cinderella (DIS), 3,025 theaters (-379) / $2.2M Fri. / $3M Sat. (+34%)/ $1.8M Sun. (-39%) / 3-day cume: $7.2M (-29%) / Total cume: $180.7M / Wk 5

6). Insurgent (LG), 3,118 theaters (-324) / $2.1M Fri. / $3M Sat. (+39%)/ $1.6M Sun. (-44%) / 3-day cume: $6.85M (-32%) / Total cume: $114.8M / Wk 4

7). Woman in Gold (TWC), 1,504 theaters (+1,246) / $1.8M Fri. /$2.3M Sat. (+31%)/ $1.6M Sun. (-30%) / 3-day cume: $5.85M (+180%)/ Total cume: $9.3M/ Wk 2

8). It Follows (RAD), 1,633 theaters (-22) /$634K Fri./  $844K Sat. (+33%)/ $549K Sun. (-35%) / 3-day cume: $2M (-19%)/ Total cume: $11.7M / Wk 5

9). Danny Collins (BST), 739 theaters (+656) / $465K Fri. / $683K Sat. (+47%)/ $450K Sun. (-34%) / 3-day cume: $1.6M (+361%)/ Total cume: $2.5M / Wk 4

10). While We’re Young (A24), 246 theaters (+212) / $396K Fri. /$567K Sat. (+43%)/ $397K Sun. (-30%) / 3-day cume: $1.37M (+181%) / Total cume: $2.35M / Wk 3

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Here’s why Celebrities Pictures are turning Blue on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram!

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A new high-fidelity streaming music service by Jay Z launches Monday. TIDAL was acquired by the rapper last month as part of a $56 million dollar deal with the Scandinavian platform Aspiro.

Full details of the service will be announced during a press conference on Monday. However, according to TIDAL’s website, it’s “the first music streaming service that combines the best High Fidelity sound quality, High Definition music videos and expertly Curated Editorial.”

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There are two paid subscription options: $19.99 a month for high-fidelity audio, and $9.99 for standard quality audio. TIDAL can be streamed on the web, and downloaded for iOS and Android devices.

Several artists have already thrown their support behind TIDAL, changing their Twitter icons and Facebook Profiles to light blue and tweeting the hashtag #TIDALForAll. Among them, Rihanna, Calvin Haris, Kanye West and Jack White’s Third Man Records.

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Here’s why Jeremy Clarkson was fired from BBC’s Top Gear

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On 9 March 2015, Jeremy Clarkson reported to BBC management that he had been involved in a physical and verbal incident with Oisin Tymon, the producer of Top Gear, at the Simonstone Hall hotel, North Yorkshire, while working on location. The incident had occurred on 4 March 2015 and Jeremy Clarkson was suspended on 10 March, pending investigation.

I was asked to undertake an investigation to establish the facts of what occurred. In conducting my investigation, in line with the BBC’s usual practice, I interviewed a number of witnesses and others connected with the incident. Accounts were agreed, based on my interviews, with each participant.

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Having conducted these interviews and considered the evidence presented, I conclude the following: on 4 March 2015 Oisin Tymon was subject to an unprovoked physical and verbal attack by Jeremy Clarkson. During the physical attack Oisin Tymon was struck, resulting in swelling and bleeding to his lip. The verbal abuse was sustained over a longer period, both at the time of the physical attack and subsequently.

Summary

  • The BBC announced that it has dropped Jeremy Clarkson after the Top Gear presenter was responsible for an “unprovoked physical and verbal attack” on a colleague.
  • BBC director general Tony Hall said he took the decision to end Clarkson’s BBC career “with great regret” but that the presenter had “crossed a line”.
  • Oisin Tymon took himself to A&E after a 30-second physical attack caused swelling and bleeding to his lip, the inquiry found. It was accompanied by a sustained verbal tirade containing the “strongest expletives” and a threat to sack Tymon.
  • North Yorkshire police has said it is looking into the incident and will take action “where necessary”.
  • Top Gear presenter James May hinted that he could follow his colleague out of the door stating that the three (including Richard Hammond) were a “package”. Hammond tweeted that he was “gutted at such a sad end to an era”.

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  • Clarkson has not made any comment but changed the bio on his Twitter page to: “I used to be a presenter on the BBC2 motoring show, Top Gear.”
  • A spokesman for the prime minister, David Cameron, said he believes that “aggressive and abusive behaviour” is not acceptable in the workplace, and that “if you do something wrong at work there can be consequences”, his official spokesman said.
  • Hall said he had asked Kim Shillinglaw, controller of BBC 2 and BBC 4, to look at how to renew Top Gear and how it puts out the last programmes in the current series.
  • Bookies have variously placed Chris Evans and Jodie Kidd as favourites to replace Clarkson, although Evans has described reports suggesting he will be be the successor as “absolute nonsense”. Sky has reportedly ruled out hiring Clarkson.

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Zayn Malik is leaving One Direction and group continues as four-piece!

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Zayn Malik has quit One Direction, the band have confirmed in a statement.

Malik said: “My life with One Direction has been more than I could ever have imagined. But, after five years, I feel like it is now the right time for me to leave the band.

“I’d like to apologise to the fans if I’ve let anyone down, but I have to do what feels right.”

One Direction will continue their world tour as a four piece and record a fifth album later this year.

Last week, Malik walked away from the band’s world tour last week after being signed off with stress.

He returned to the UK shortly after being forced to defend his relationship with his fiancee, Little Mix singer Perrie Edwards.

A photo had earlier emerged of him holding another woman around the waist.

A second photo, taken from behind, showed Malik standing close to the woman. Their hands and arms looked as though they were linked.

In a statement, the rest of the group said: “We’re really sad to see Zayn go, but we totally respect his decision and send him all our love for the future.

“The past five years have been beyond amazing – we’ve gone through so much together, so we will always be friends.

“The four of us will now continue. We’re looking forward to recording the new album and seeing all the fans on the next stage of the world tour.”

Simon Cowell, who discovered the boyband on talent show The X Factor, said: “I would like to say thank you to Zayn for everything he has done for One Direction.

“Since I first met Zayn in 2010, I have grown very, very fond – and immensely proud – of him. I have seen him grow in confidence and I am truly sorry to see him leave.

“As for One Direction, fans can rest assured that Niall, Liam, Harry and Louis are hugely excited about the future of the band.”

Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson signed with Simon Cowell’s record label Syco Records in 2010 after finishing third on The X Factor.

Zayn’s had a tumultuous time with the band since they were formed back in 2010. He almost quit the band during bootcamp.

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