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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BMW i8 finally revealed at Frankfurt motor show!

BMW i8 front

BMW i8 hybrid supercar revealed as production car to go on sale later in 2013

The BMW i8 hybrid supercar has been revealed at the Frankfurt motor show, four years after the Vision EfficientDynamics concept was unveiled at the same show.

The look has mellowed in its journey from concept to reality, but the low nose and tail, flowing flanks and dramatic doors ensure the i8 looks like nothing else.

BMW i8 front three quarter

The four-seater is a little bigger than an Audi R8, at 4,689mm long, 1,942mm wide and 1,293mm high, with a 2,800mm wheelbase. But because it’s made of carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) and aluminium, the i8 weighs 1,490kg – that’s 70kg less than the lightest R8.

Also helping to keep weight down is the drivetrain. The rear wheels are powered by BMW’s new 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbo petrol engine. It produces 228bhp and is hooked up to a six-speed auto box. The front axle uses a mid-mounted lithium-ion battery to power a 129bhp electric motor, giving a total of 357bhp.

BMW i8 rear doors open

The car has an electric range of 22 miles at up to 75mph with an overall range of 310 miles, plus 113mpg fuel economy and 59g/km CO2 emissions.

With both power sources engaged, the i8 will go from 0-62mph in 4.4 seconds and hit a limited 155mph.

BMW also claims that the i8 will set new handling standards. Its centre of gravity is ‘less than 460mm,’ making it the lowest of any BMW, while the firm claims that despite the i8’s novel drivetrain, it retains almost perfect 50:50 front:rear weight distribution.

BMW i8 rear three quarters

All i8s come with Dynamic Damper Control as standard, plus a host of driving modes that let you drive in a more economical or more sporting fashion.

Optional features include CFRP wheels, which save 3kg each compared to the standard-fit 20-inch alloys. If full LED headlights aren’t quite bright enough for you, there’s also the option of super-bright laser headlights that BMW claims are a world first.

BMW i8 interior

The i8 is also the first to use the same chemically hardened glass that smartphone screens are made from. BMW selected the glass for the rear window because it’s lighter, stronger and offers better sound proofing.

BMW i8 dashboard

Interior features include a free-standing display for the car’s functions and infotainment, digital dials and a head-up display.

The i8 goes on sale in late 2013, for around £100,000.

BMW i8 rear