news//THE WEEKEND BELONGS TO 'FURIOUS 7'

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In no surprise at all, Furious 7 was the weekend's top film. Raking in just over $147 million, the seventh entry in the Fast and Furious film franchise was a huge boost to the box office and wrangled opening weekend numbers that haven't been seen in almost two years.

The film was heavily promoted, mostly in reference to the death of its star, Paul Walker, during production. But, even besides its topical pop culture relevance, Furious 7 adds another layer to the crowd-pleasing set of films before it. Critics and audiences have generally been kind to the films that also star Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson. In a rather poignant end to his career, the film pays tribute to Walker's place in the lives of his fellow cast members.

The only other notable release was the limited run of Woman in Gold, starring Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds. The based-on-a-true-story drama earned just over $2 million and is set to open wider in the next few weeks.

Here are the Top Ten films for the week ending April 5, 2015:

1. Furious 7, $147 million (NEW)

2. Home, $27 million (Total: $95m)

3. Get Hard, $13 million (Total: $57m)

4. Cinderella, $10.1 million (Total: $167m)

5. Insurgent, $10 million (Total: $103.5m)

6. It Follows, $2.5 million (Total: $8.5m)

7. Woman in Gold, $2 million (NEW)

8. Kingsman: The Secret Service, $1.8 million (Total: $122m)

9. Do You Believe?, $1.5 million (Total: $9.8m)

10. The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, $1 million (Total: $30.1m)

SOURCE: BOXOFFICE.COM

news//'HOME' IS SWEET WITH $54 MILLION

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It was supposed to be a close fight between Dreamworks' animated adventure Home and the comedic stylings of Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart in Get Hard. The photo finish didn't happen as Home dominated the box office with a $54 million opening, a higher number than that of last year's How to Train Your Dragon 2.

Featuring the voices of Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez, Jim Parsons, and Steve Martin, Home earned mixed reviews from critics, but benefitted from the lack of animated offerings on screens. With no other major animated films releasing between now and June's Inside Out, Home could stretch far. It's $54 million haul was a surprise, mostly due to the pairing of the film with Get Hard. Ferrell and Hart are box office beasts in their own rights, which should have equaled gold. The comedy, however, came in a little lower than expected with only $34.6 million.

Horror film It Follows had the most surprising weekend of all film releases as the little film made it into the Top 5. Originally intended as a VOD release, the success of the flick at several film festivals led Radius and The Weinstein Company to change their release plans. The film earned just over $4 million. Strong word of mouth could take it even higher in the next week or two.

Here's the list of the Top Ten films for the week ending March 29, 2015:

1. Home, $54 million (NEW)

2. Get Hard, $34.6 million (NEW)

3. Insurgent, $22 million (Total: $86.3m)

4. Cinderella, $17.5 million (Total: $150m)

5. It Follows, $4 million (Total: $4.7m)

6. Kingsman: The Secret Service, $3 million (Total: $119.4m)

7. Run All Night, $2.2 million (Total: $23.8m)

8. The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, $2.18 million (Total: $28.1m)

9. Do You Believe?, $2.1 million (Total: $7m)

10. The Gunman, $2 million (Total: $8.8m)

SOURCE: BOXOFFICE.COM

winners//2015 KIDS CHOICE AWARDS

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It was a great night for celebrities and slime as the 2015 Kids Choice Awards invaded the Forum. The KCA's are never your usual suits and formal attire seen at other Hollywood events. Instead, it's about casual fun, stars from all realms of entertainment (some of whom ride the line between stardom and "who is that?"), and, of course, the green stuff. No, not money. Nickelodeon slime is the benchmark to a successful evening and most celebrities would agree that being slimed is the ultimate payoff for years of trying to make it.

The awards themselves can be kind of silly. But, like most things aimed at kids, there are always a few silver linings. Here's a run down of each award:

FAVORITE MOVIE
THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY - PART 1

FAVORITE MOVE ACTOR
Ben Stiller, NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB

FAVORITE MOVIE ACTRESS
Emma Stone, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2

FAVORITE MALE ACTION STAR
Liam Hemsworth, THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY - PART 1

FAVORITE FEMALE ACTION STAR
Jennifer Lawrence, THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY - PART 1 and X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

FAVORITE ANIMATED MOVIE
BIG HERO 6

FAVORITE VILLAIN
Angelina Jolie, MALEFICENT

FAVORITE FAMILY TV SHOW
MODERN FAMILY

FAVORITE KIDS TV SHOW
AUSTIN AND ALLY

FAVORITE TV ACTOR
Ross Lynch, AUSTIN AND ALLY

FAVORITE TV ACTRESS
Laura Marano, AUSTIN AND ALLY

FAVORITE CARTOON
SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS

FAVORITE REALITY SHOW
DANCE MOMS

FAVORITE TALENT COMPETITION SHOW
THE VOICE

FAVORITE BOOK
DIARY OF A WIMPY KIDS SERIES

MOST ADDICTING GAME
MINECRAFT

FAVORITE MUSIC GROUP
One Direction

FAVORITE MALE SINGER
Nick Jonas

FAVORITE FEMALE SINGER
Selena Gomez

FAVORITE NEW ARTIST
Fifth Harmony

FAVORITE SONG OF THE YEAR
"Bang Bang"
Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj