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- Captain America: The Winter Soldier opens in North America with a record-setting $96.2 million, nearly matching a $107.1 million performance from 50 overseas territories to bring its global cume over the $300 million mark after only ten days in release.

- Noah continues to perform well overseas, notching $45.6 million outside of North America to bring its global total to $178 million.

- Rio 2 is already up to $55.5 million overseas ahead of its North American debut.

- Divergent stumbles overseas. A $11.1 million overseas tally from 44 markets saw it fall behind Captain America in several markets.

- Ocho Apellidos Vascos becomes the highest grossing national film in Spain's history with $35.2 million.</p>

Captain America: The Winter Soldier posted the highest April opening of all time in North America with $96.2 million. The film’s first overseas hold in 50 territories netted $107.1 million, bringing the overseas cume to $207.1 million. The Winter Soldier has grossed a total of $303.3 million worldwide.

The Captain America sequel has already surpassed the lifetime overseas total of the original ($194M) after only ten days in release. The film posted an April debut for IMAX with a $16.1 million global and $6.5 million overseas take. China is currently responsible for $4 million of the overseas IMAX grosses.

China recorded a $39.2 million opening weekend, the best result for a Disney and Marvel release and 16% above last year’s Iron Man 3 debut. The film opened in first place in Russia ($7.4M) and Australia ($6M). Top earners for Captain America: The Winter Soldier are China ($39.2M), South Korea ($19.8M), UK ($18M), Mexico ($16.2M), and France ($12.1M).

Noah earned $45.6 million from 7,050 locations in 45 markets over the weekend, bringing its overseas total above the $100 million mark to $106.2 million.

This weekend saw the biblical epic expand to 24 new territories, including the UK, Germany, Spain, and Brazil. The new openings were responsible for $31.5 million of the film’s weekend total.

The film enjoyed the fourth biggest opening weekend of all time for a non-sequel in Brazil with an $8.5 million bow from 528 locations. The result is over five times the opening gross of Inception and nearly five times that of Gravity.

Noah took second place in the United Kingdom with a $4.2 million bow from 452 cinemas. Germany posted a #1 finish with $3.3 million from 502 sites. Spain delivered $3 million from 363 locations, also finishing in first place. The film recorded the biggest opening of 2014 in peru with $1.6 million from 73 locations. Noah also posted the biggest April opening of all time in Turkey with $1.5 million from 240 locations.

Noah collected $6.2 million from 946 cinemas in its second weekend in Russia, a 63% slide from its opening weekend, taking its local cume to $26.6 million after 11 days in release. The film’s current global cume is $178 million.

Rio 2 collected a $22.2 million haul from 6,155 screens in 12 markets. The animated sequel opened in five new markets, including the UK and Germany, to bring its overseas total to $55.5 million ahead of its North American debut. Brazil was the leading market for Rio 2 with a $5.6 million haul, down only 28% from its opening weekend and finishing its second frame as the #2 film on the market. Rio 2 has a $15.3 million cume in Brazil. The UK opened to $4.6 million from 1,295 screens to finish in first place, an 86% improvement over the original. Germany took a $3.9 million first place bow from 1,026 screens. Spain had a solid $2.4 million opening to finish third in the market. Russia posted a $2.3 million hold in its third frame to take its cume up to $24.5 million

Mr. Peabody and Sherman took $11.2 million from 9,325 screens in 65 markets over the weekend. The film posted a resilient hold in China, where it only fell by 15% in its second weekend to gross $6.5 million and reach a $15.4 million market total. The animated film has grossed a total of $137.3 million overseas and $239.5 million globally.

Divergent grossed $11.1 million from 44 markets in its second weekend of overseas release, reaching a $22.4 million overseas cume. The film took a #2 debut in Italy with $1.5 million and finished fourth in its UK premiere with $3 million from 424 screens. The Young Adult adaptation opened in second place in Mexico with $2.5 million from 600 screens.Divergent will expand to France, Finland, Australia, Germany, Denmark, Russia, and Norway next weekend. The film will reach South Korea on April 17, Brazil on April 18, and Sweden and Spain on April 30. Divergent has grossed $136.6 million worldwide.

Frozen reached a $1.097 billion global cume this weekend after adding $8.2 million from 9 overseas territories in its 20th frame. It is now the 9th highest grossing film of all time. Frozen passed Ice Age 3 this weekend to become the second biggest animated release overseas with $698.4 million.

Frozen held on to the top spot in Japan for a fourth consecutive weekend to reach a $75.1 million cume in the market. The film is now the biggest Disney/Pixar animated release of all time across the Asia-Pacific/Russia region.

Top overseas markets for Frozen include South Korea ($76.9M), Japan ($75.1M), UK ($64.7M), China ($48.6M), Germany ($48.2M), and France ($42.6M).

Need for Speed collected $4.7 million from its fourth weekend overseas. The film is nearing the end of its run in China with $65.5 million. China is the film’s top global market with nearly $25 million more from its North American cume. Other top performers for the racing film include Russia ($13.8M) and UK ($7.8M). Need for Speed has grossed $184.5 million worldwide. The film expands to France on April 16, South Korea on Aprul 17, and Japan on June 7.

The LEGO Movie opened in Australia with a successful $5.6 million bow from 537 screens (including previews), becoming the biggest opening weekend for an animated film in the Easter holiday corridor in the market. The LEGO Movie took a total of $7.3 million from all its 34 markets over the weekend, bringing its overseas cume up to $160 million. The film has grossed $410.9 million worldwide.

Ocho Apellidos Vascos occupied the top spot at the Spanish box office for the fourth consecutive weekend to become the highest grossing Spanish film of all time in its home country. The romantic comedy grossed $7.2 million in 475 dates over its fourth frame, taking 45% of the market’s market share. Ocho Apellidos Vascos has grossed a total of $35.2 million in its home market.

The Grand Budapest Hotel brought in $5.5 million from 2,369 screens in 34 markets. The Wes Anderson film crossed the $15 million mark in the United Kingdom ($15.1M) and the $10 million mark in France ($10.3M). The film has grossed $87.7 million worldwide with 21 markets left on its slate.

300: Rise of an Empire claimed $3.5 million from 63 markets in its 5th weekend of overseas release. The 300 sequel has grossed a total of $20.7 million overseas and $324.7 million globally. Top overseas markets for the film include Russia ($17.5M), Brazil ($17.1M), and France ($15.8M).

Muppets Most Wanted grossed $1.9 million from 10 territories in its third weekend of overseas release. The UK continues to be the top market for the film with $5.7 million. The Muppets sequel has grossed a total of $52.2 million worldwide. The film will expand to Australia and New Zealand on April 10, Spain on April 16, Germany on May 1, and Brazil on May 15.

The Monuments Men uncovered an additional $1.9 million from 9,325 screens in 65 markets to bring its overseas total to $137.4 million. The Monuments Men has grossed $153.1 million worldwide.

The Book Thief held on to $1.7 million from 1,052 screens in 14 markets. The film posted a strong hold in Italy, where it took $1.3 million in its second weekend to reach a $3.1 million total. The Book Thief has grossed $74.9 million worldwide.

Follow Daniel Loria and BoxOffice on Twitter for more news and updates on the global box office. 

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier posted the highest April opening of all time in North America with $96.2 million. The film’s first overseas hold in 50 territories netted $107.1 million, bringing the overseas cume to $207.1 million. The Winter Soldier has grossed a total of $303.3 million worldwide.

The Captain America sequel has already surpassed the lifetime overseas total of the original ($194M) after only ten days in release. The film posted an April debut for IMAX with a $16.1 million global and $6.5 million overseas take. China is currently responsible for $4 million of the overseas IMAX grosses.

China recorded a $39.2 million opening weekend, the best result for a Disney and Marvel release and 16% above last year’s Iron Man 3 debut. The film opened in first place in Russia ($7.4M) and Australia ($6M). Top earners for Captain America: The Winter Soldier are China ($39.2M), South Korea ($19.8M), UK ($18M), Mexico ($16.2M), and France ($12.1M).

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8AVstill.jpgOcho Apellidos Vascos occupied the top spot at the Spanish box office for the fourth consecutive weekend to become the highest grossing Spanish film of all time in its home country. The romantic comedy grossed $7.2 million in 475 dates over its fourth frame, taking 45% of the market’s market share. Ocho Apellidos Vascos has grossed a total of $35.2 million in its home market.

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qubecinemas.pngKeySmith.biz Offers Invitation-only Access to Easy Key Management Service for Independent Filmmakers & Postproduction Facilities NAB 2014, April 7-10, Booth SL7426

Burbank, CA: April. 4, 2014... At NAB, Qube Cinema will launch invitation-only access to its new KeySmith.biz website, a powerful key management and reporting service for independent filmmakers, small distributors and compact postproduction facilities. KeySmith.biz allows filmmakers to generate KDMs for their DCPs, by accessing a comprehensive Theatre Database that is continuously updated through strategic regional partners and crowdsourcing. KeySmith.biz is protected by FIPS 140-2 certified hardware security modules.

As per the DCI specifications, DCPs can be encrypted. KeySmith.biz gives filmmakers the power to decide who can decrypt and playback their DCPs. Users select theaters from the Theatre Database and generate the required KDMs that will unlock the DCP for each selected theatre. Each KDM is tied to the unique identity of the digital cinema equipment from the Theatre Database. KeySmith.biz can directly deliver the KDMs to the theaters via email and will also support the Theatre Key Retrieval protocol (TKR) now recommended by the ISDCF. KeySmith.biz has comprehensive reporting capabilities that allow the user to keep track of all their KDM logistics.

"We're empowering the independent filmmaker, small distributor and postproduction facility who previously would not have encrypted their DCPs simply to avoid the hassles of KDM logistics," said Eric Bergez, director of sales and marketing for Qube Cinema. "With KeySmith.biz, filmmakers can now encrypt all their DCPs and thus protect their intellectual property while still having convenient access to the required KDMs for QC, screenings and worldwide distribution. Especially now, with film festivals requiring DCPs, KeySmith.biz will keep your content secure and easily accessible even during the chaos of a festival."

KeySmith.biz also has a powerful API that allows for seamless integration of the KDM Service with any digital cinema mastering system. Qube Cinema will be announcing soon that its own QubeMaster Xpress for Windows and QubeMaster Xport for Mac will have Keysmith.biz integration.

Visitors to NAB can see the KeySmith.biz service and the mastering products integration at booth SL7426 in the Lower South Hall. For more information about any Qube Cinema products, or to schedule a demo at NAB, contact Eric Bergez at sales@qubecinema.com or 818-392-8155.


About Qube Cinema, Inc.
Qube Cinema is an international manufacturer of Digital Cinema technology and mastering solutions. A subsidiary of India-based Real Image Media Technologies, Qube Cinema draws on decades of experience in media, cinema and entertainment. The company is committed to creating a seamless Digital Cinema environment for exhibitors, filmmakers and postproduction companies with technologies that are innovative, flexible and cost-effective. Qube Cinema's product lines include the Qube XP series of digital cinema servers, Qube Xi 4K Integrated Media Block, QubeMaster software solutions and KeySmith.biz. Qube Cinema, Inc. is based in Burbank, California. For more information, visit www.qubecinema.com .

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By Daniel Garris

In what will be its last day at the top of the daily box office, Paramount's Noah led the way on Thursday with $2.30 million. The Darren Aronofsky directed biblical epic starring Russell Crowe was down a sharp 12 percent from Wednesday, as the film clearly took a hit from the strong Thursday night launch of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Noah was easily the week's top film with a seven-day start of $55.34 million. That was slightly ahead of pre-release expectations and was just 6.5 percent below the recent $59.21 million seven-day start of Warner's 300: Rise of an Empire.

Lionsgate's Divergent held steady in second place with $1.48 million. In the process, the young adult adaptation starring Shailene Woodley surpassed the $100 million domestic milestone on Thursday. Divergent reached the milestone in 14 days and has now grossed $101.03 million to date. Divergent fell 5 percent from Wednesday and 52 percent from last Thursday. The film placed in second for the week with $32.27 million for the frame. That represented a respectable 53 percent decline from the film's opening week performance.

Disney's Captain America: The Winter Solider was off to a terrific start on Thursday night with an estimated $10.2 million from late night shows that began at 8 p.m. As is commonplace, those grosses will be counted towards Friday's opening day performance. The late night launch for the highly anticipated Marvel superhero sequel was 44 percent stronger than the $7.1 million late night start of last year's Thor: The Dark World and 35 percent behind the $15.6 million late night launch of last year's Iron Man 3. Both comparisons strongly suggest that Captain America: The Winter Solider will open above the $100 million mark this weekend. Check back throughout the weekend for further updates on the progress of Captain America: The Winter Soldier at the box office.

Turning back towards Thursday's rankings, God's Not Dead took in $0.732 million to remain in third. The faith-based drama from Freestyle and Pure Flix was down 5 percent from Wednesday and down a slim 18 percent from last Thursday. God's Not Dead placed in fourth for the week with $11.84 million. That was down 9 percent from the previous frame and brings the film's two-week total to a significantly stronger than expected $24.796 million. God's Not Dead will be playing in 1,776 locations this weekend.

Fox Searchlight's The Grand Budapest Hotel followed closely behind in fourth with $0.695 million. The critically acclaimed Wes Anderson directed film was down just 2 percent from Wednesday and up 16 percent over last Thursday (when it was playing in significantly fewer locations). The Grand Budapest Hotel placed in sixth for the week with $11.45 million and has grossed a healthy $27.08 million in 28 days. The film will be playing in 1,263 locations this weekend.

Disney's Muppets Most Wanted and Fox's Mr. Peabody & Sherman claimed fifth and sixth places respectively with $0.642 million and $0.559 million. Both family films held up well yesterday, as Muppets Most Wanted was down 2 percent from Wednesday, while Mr. Peabody & Sherman was down 3 percent. Muppets Most Wanted placed in third for the week with $14.02 million and has grossed an underwhelming $35.86 million in two weeks. Mr. Peabody & Sherman took fifth place for the week with $11.49 million and is on the verge of reaching the $100 million domestic mark with a respectable four-week take of $96.90 million.

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