Avengers: Age of Ultron Remains Box Office Champ!

Coming as a surprise to no one, Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron topped the North American box office for the second weekend in a row.

The Joss Whedon-directed sequel earned an estimated $77.2 million in its sophomore weekend, bringing its domestic total to $312.6 million. That a nearly 60% drop from its stellar opening weekend of $191.3 million. The first Avengers made $103.1 million on its second weekend in domestic release.

Avengers: Age of Ultron has earned roughly $875 million worldwide.

The weekend’s major new release, the Reese Witherspoon-Sofia Vergara buddy comedy Hot Pursuit, underperformed slightly for a second-place finish of $13.3 million. Industry analysts had pegged its debut at mid-to-high teens.

'Avengers' starting season with a bang ! Lebanese & US Box OfficeIn limited release, Jack Black and James Marsden’s The D Train opened on 1,001 screens with an estimated $469,000, while the Arnold Schwarzenegger-Abigail Breslin zombie drama Maggie bowed on just 79 screens for $131,000.

Here are the weekend estimates via Rentrak:

1. Avengers: Age of Ultron $77.2 million

2. Hot Pursuit $13.3 million

3. The Age of Adaline $5.6 million

4. Furious 7 $5.3 million

5. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 $5.2 million

6. Ex Machina $3.5 milion

7. Home $3 million

8. Woman in Gold $1.7 million

9. Cinderella $1.6 million

10. Unfriended $1.4 million 

Lebanon’s first WORLD PREMIERE: Salma Hayek in Elie Saab’s gown for the premiere of Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet

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Salma Hayek put on a sensational display at the Beirut premiere of her new film The Prophet on Monday night.

The 48-year-old looked exquisite in a floor-sweeping silver gown as she prepared to showcase her new production about the famous poetry works of Kahlil Gibran.

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Actress Salma not only voices one of the characters in the enchanting animated tribute, but she also produced the film before leading the red carpet in the late writer’s native Lebanon.

The actress may have tipped her toe into the fountain beside Gibran’s commemorative statue on Sunday, but it might as well have been a fountain of youth when she stunned in silver on Monday.

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Brunette beauty Salma boasted a blemish-free visage with immaculate make-up and a delighted smile as she sent photographers into a frenzy on the world’s stage.

She was petite with her decolletage on show in a belted, plunging number that drew her in neatly at the middle before kicking into an elegant skirt.

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As she turned, Salma showed off a full train that followed faithfully behind her, while giving a look at her tight ringlet curls that swept across her bare back.

The new film has been a labour of love for the dedicated Hollywood starlet, who as begun her promotional tour for the movie in the best place possible, the poet’s birth place.

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The Prophet tells the story of a young girl who finds the voice she lost through her friendship with a poet imprisoned for his ideas.

Salma, who called the film a ‘love letter to my heritage’, was obviously keen to talk about her work of art when she hit the red carpet.

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The actress was seen hushing the crowd as she broke into a speech and even embraced the bustling crowd of reporters waiting to hear her input ahead of the special film preview.

The 48-year-old has been overwhelmed by the support she’s received for bringing the masterpiece to the big screen and even shared a picture of the gifts that she had received while visiting Lebanon this week.

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On her Instagram page she wrote: ‘Thanks to all the people in Lebanon for sending me all these wonderful gifts. Your reputation for generosity is well deserved,’ and followed it with the tags ‘Lebanon,’ ‘Family’ and ‘Gratitude’.

Earlier in the day, Salma brought some flower power to the press conference as she talked more about the masterpiece and the origins of her new film.

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The Prophet will serve as Salma’s fifth time in a producer capacity after films such as Frida and The Maldonado Miracle, as well as producing episodes of Ugly Betty, in which she also played a small part between 2006 and 2007.

The film is an adaptation of Gibran’s 1923 collection of 26 prose poetry essays by the Lebanese artist, philosopher and writer.

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Salma lends her voice to the character of Kamila, while Taken actor Liam Neeson will voice Mustafa and John Krasinski is Halim.

Elie Saab’s Dress: Go grey like Salma in a glittering gown

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When you’re voicing a character in a film and you’re producing that film too, you’ve got every excuse in the book to hit the red carpet in serious style.

Salma Hayek doesn’t ever need much of a reason though to notch things up in the glamour stakes, always stepping out looking fabulous.

For the premiere here for The Prophet, Salma wore a stunning embroidered gown by Elie Saab. The piece came straight off the runway – showcased in the spring/summer couture collection for 2015 and Salma did it serious justice.

Being a couture piece, the dress isn’t available to buy online, but if you click to the right you can snap up a ready-to-wear dress by Elie Saab at Farfetch instead. Alternatively, browse the glittering grey picks below to get Salma’s look for less.

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‘Furious 7′ Tops Box Office For Third Weekend, ‘Mall Cop 2′ Bags $24M+, ‘Unfriended’ In Third With $16M

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No new release could match the box office horsepower of reigning champ Furious 7 this weekend.

The latest installment in the Fast and the Furious franchise — which roared past the $1 billion threshold a few days ago — topped the box office for the third straight weekend with an estimated $29.1 million.

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Furious 7 held off newcomers Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 and Unfriended, which debuted with $24 million and $16 million, respectively. Monkey Kingdom debuted in seventh place with $4.7 million.

In limited release, two star-powered crime dramas floundered. The Jonah Hill-James Franco film True Story opened in 11th place with roughly $1.9 million, while the Tom Hardy-led Child 44 bowed in 17th place with $600,000, according to Box Office Mojo.

Here are the weekend estimates via Rentrak:

1. Furious 7 $29.1 million

2. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 $24 million

3. Unfriended $16 million

4. Home $10.3 million

5. The Longest Ride $6.9 million

6. Get Hard $4.8 million

7. Monkey Kingdom $4.7 million

8. Woman in Gold $4.6 million

9. The Divergent Series: Insurgent $4.2 million

10. Cinderella $3.9 million

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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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