comScore Announces Official Worldwide Box Office Results for Weekend of February 18, 2018

comScore Announces Official Worldwide Box Office Results for Weekend of February 18, 2018 Press Release from PRNEWSWIRE has been published today, Maciej Heyman, .

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — comScore today announced the official worldwide weekend box office estimates for the weekend of February 18, 2018, as compiled by the company’s theatrical measurement services.

As the trusted industry partner for real-time box office reporting, comScore is the only theater-level movie measurement and analytics company providing insights across the world’s largest markets, covering 95 percent of the global industry gross. Using comScore’s suite of movie products, customers are able to analyze admissions and gross results from around the world.

comScore’s Senior Media Analyst Paul Dergarabedian commented, “Disney’s presentation of Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’ pounced on the box office around the world taking in $361 million to mark the fifteenth highest global opening weekend of all-time and with China, Japan and Russia yet to come the potential future revenue is literally off the charts.  Internationally, the hit superhero film opened at number one in almost all territories and set new box office records in North America including the fifth biggest opening weekend of all-time.  Notably ‘Detective Chinatown 2,” the Chinese comedy-mystery buddy film had a spectacular weekend drawing $155.7 million for this follow up to the 2015 popular first film in the series.”

The top 12 worldwide weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, February 18, are below.

  1. Black Panther – Disney – $361.0M
  2. Detective Chinatown 2 – Multiple – $155.7M
  3. Monster Hunt 2 – Multiple – $141.3M
  4. Operation Red Sea – Multiple – $70.3M
  5. Fifty Shades Freed – Universal – $64.6M
  6. Monkey King 3: Kingdom of Women, The – Multiple – $52.3M
  7. Boonie Bears: The Big Shrink – Shenzhen Huaqiang Shuzi Dongman Co. – $32.6M
  8. Peter Rabbit – Sony – $17.2M
  9. Greatest Showman, The – 20th Century Fox – $14.7M
  10. Shape Of Water, The – 20th Century Fox – $14.0M
  11. Maze Runner: The Death Cure – 20th Century Fox – $13.5M
  12. Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle – Sony – $12.7M

The top 12 domestic weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, February 18, are below.

  1. Black Panther – Disney – $192.0M
  2. Peter Rabbit – Sony – $17.2M
  3. Fifty Shades Freed – Universal – $16.9M
  4. Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle – Sony – $7.9M
  5. 15:17 To Paris, The – Warner Bros. – $7.7M
  6. Greatest Showman, The – 20th Century Fox – $5.1M
  7. Early Man – Lionsgate – $3.1M
  8. Maze Runner: The Death Cure – 20th Century Fox – $2.5M
  9. Winchester – Lionsgate – $2.2M
  10. Samson – Pure Flix – $2.0M
  11. Post, The – 20th Century Fox – $2.0M
  12. Shape Of Water, The – Fox Searchlight – $1.7M

Full details regarding the global domestic and international box office results are listed in the table below.

Weekend BO Estimate (USD)

Weekend Release Cume (USD)

Distributor

Title

Worldwide

Int’l

Domestic

Worldwide

Int’l

Domestic

Int’l

No. of Terr.*

Domestic

Black Panther

361,023,000

169,000,000

192,023,000

361,023,000

169,000,000

192,023,000

DIS

49

DIS

Detective Chinatown 2

155,717,000

155,040,000

677,000

155,727,000

155,050,000

677,000

MUL

6

WB

Monster Hunt 2

141,335,000

141,000,000

335,000

141,335,000

141,000,000

335,000

MUL

8

LGF

Operation Red Sea

70,310,000

70,310,000

70,310,000

70,310,000

MUL

3

Fifty Shades Freed

64,640,000

47,700,000

16,940,000

266,931,455

190,800,000

76,131,455

UNI

61

UNI

Monkey King 3: Kingdom of Women, The

52,260,000

52,260,000

81,375,000

81,375,000

MUL

8

Boonie Bears: The Big Shrink

32,635,000

32,635,000

40,095,000

40,095,000

HQSZ

1

Peter Rabbit

17,250,000

17,250,000

48,222,542

48,222,542

1

SNY

Greatest Showman, The

14,700,000

9,600,000

5,100,000

340,078,356

185,600,000

154,478,356

FOX

32

FOX

Shape Of Water, The

13,965,000

12,300,000

1,665,000

91,943,714

38,700,000

53,243,714

FOX

41

FSL

Maze Runner: The Death Cure

13,525,000

11,000,000

2,525,000

259,005,126

205,000,000

54,005,126

FOX

66

FOX

Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle

12,745,000

4,800,000

7,945,000

904,623,565

527,000,000

377,623,565

SNY

89

SNY

15:17 To Paris, The

10,485,000

2,800,000

7,685,000

36,132,717

10,700,000

25,432,717

WB

28

WB

Ice

8,700,000

8,700,000

8,700,000

8,700,000

SNY

1

Coco

7,511,000

6,800,000

711,000

730,391,667

523,200,000

207,191,667

DIS

37

DIS

Face Of My Gene, The

7,465,000

7,465,000

7,780,000

7,780,000

MULTICN

1

Detective K: Secret Of The Living Dead

7,150,000

7,150,000

14,360,000

14,360,000

SHOWBX

1

Early Man

6,800,000

3,650,000

3,150,000

21,880,000

18,730,000

3,150,000

MUL

12

LGF

Golden Slumber

6,800,000

6,800,000

6,850,000

6,850,000

CJE

1

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri

6,000,000

4,500,000

1,500,000

111,769,506

63,800,000

47,969,506

FOX

41

FSL

Post, The

5,710,000

3,745,000

1,965,000

133,414,372

56,840,000

76,574,372

MUL

34

FOX

Tuche 3, Les (Magic Tuche, The)

5,610,000

5,610,000

38,620,000

38,620,000

PATHE

1

Darkest Hour

3,695,000

2,800,000

895,000

131,136,692

78,000,000

53,136,692

UNI

57

FOC

A Casa Tutti Bene

3,625,000

3,625,000

4,275,000

4,275,000

01 DIST

1

Phantom Thread

2,880,000

2,200,000

680,000

27,676,624

10,000,000

17,676,624

UNI

28

FOC

Belle And Sebastian, Friends For Life

2,760,000

2,760,000

2,955,000

2,955,000

GAUMONT

1

Ferdinand

2,700,000

2,700,000

282,086,397

200,000,000

82,086,397

FOX

34

FOX

Winchester

2,621,250

391,250

2,230,000

25,160,179

3,300,000

21,860,179

MUL

12

LGF

Wonder

2,510,000

2,300,000

210,000

291,471,894

159,800,000

131,671,894

LGF

48

LGF

Lady Bird

2,505,728

1,900,000

605,728

48,151,893

1,900,000

46,251,893

UNI

11

A24

*Territory is a movie studio term for regions of the world consisting of various countries.

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Lego Systems, Inc. Earns Three Top Honors At Prestigious Toy Of The Year Awards

Lego Systems, Inc. Earns Three Top Honors At Prestigious Toy Of The Year Awards Press Release from PRNEWSWIRE has been published today, Maciej Heyman, .

NEW YORK, Feb. 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — NORTH AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL TOY FAIR — LEGO Systems, Inc., the North American division of one of the world’s leading manufacturers of play materials, was honored with three Toy of the Year (T.OT.Y.) Awards. Building sets from LEGO® Star Wars™ and the build and code toolkit, LEGO BOOST, were recognized as Toy of the Year in the Construction, Specialty and Tech categories, respectively, which were awarded at the Toy Association’s annual gala to celebrate the best and most innovative toys, held Friday, February 16 in New York City.

“We are honored to be recognized as the gold standard in toys by the industry and consumers alike. Given that we pioneered the convergence of LEGO bricks and technology with LEGO MINDSTORMS™ 20 years ago, it’s particularly exciting that our build and code toolkit, LEGO BOOST, was cited as Tech Toy of the Year,” said Michael McNally, senior director, brand relations at LEGO Systems, Inc. “Receiving two T.O.T.Y. Awards for LEGO Star Wars is a testament to the power of the Star Wars property brought to life in LEGO form for fans of all ages.”

Construction Toy of the Year: LEGO Star Wars BB-8™

This LEGO incarnation of the diminutive BB-8 droid from the new movie trilogy makes the perfect gift for any Star Wars or LEGO fan. Turn one wheel at the side to rotate the detailed head, and another to open the access hatch and extend the welding torch. This faithfully reproduced model also comes with a display stand, decorative fact plaque and small BB-8 figure, making it a great display piece for any bedroom or office. Contains 1,100 LEGO pieces.

Specialty Toy of the Year: LEGO Star Wars UCS Millennium Falcon™

The LEGO Star Wars Ultimate Collector Series Millennium Falcon is the largest and most detailed LEGO set ever made, containing 7,541 bricks and elements. This LEGO interpretation of Han Solo’s unforgettable Corellian freighter has all the details that Star Wars fans of any age could wish for, including intricate exterior detailing, upper and lower quad laser cannons, landing legs, lowering boarding ramp and a 4-minifigure cockpit with detachable canopy. The set also includes seven minifigures, a BB-8 droid, two buildable Porgs and a buildable Mynock.

Tech Toy of the Year: LEGO BOOST Creative Toolbox

LEGO BOOST is a super-charged LEGO toolkit that introduces kids as young as seven years old to building and coding. Designed to offer endless creation and play possibilities, LEGO BOOST gives children an intuitive and “fun-first” way to explore coding concepts and principles. Builders add sound, movement and personality to their LEGO creations, bringing to life anything they build. Using familiar LEGO elements and simple app-based coding language, LEGO BOOST delivers quick success in an intuitive approach. By combining the versatile LEGO building system with advanced technology, children can boost their creativity and uncover new ways to play while learning to code. The kit offers step-by-step instructions to make five creations, such as Vernie the humanoid, Frankie the cat, and an awesome, playable guitar, but kids can use the pieces and coding language to make anything they build come to life. LEGO BOOST is available nationally where toys are sold for $159.99.

Toy finalists were selected from nearly 600 submitted toys, games and properties by nomination committees comprised of journalists, toy trend experts, play therapists, toy inventors and designers, and toy retailers.

The LEGO tradition of innovation has been recognized with 20 T.O.T.Y. Awards since the program was established in 2000. 

About the LEGO Group

The LEGO Group is a privately held, family-owned company with headquarters in Billund, Denmark, and main offices in Enfield, USA, London, UK., Shanghai, China, and Singapore. Founded in 1932 by Ole Kirk Kristiansen, and based on the iconic LEGO® brick, it is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of play materials. Guided by the company spirit: “Only the best is good enough”, the company is committed to the development of children and aims to inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow through creative play and learning. LEGO products are sold worldwide and can be virtually explored at www.LEGO.com.

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VTech® Drives Exciting New Go! Go! Smart Wheels® Toys into 2018 North American International Toy Fair®

VTech® Drives Exciting New Go! Go! Smart Wheels® Toys into 2018 North American International Toy Fair® Press Release from PRNEWSWIRE has been published today, Maciej Heyman, .

NEW YORK, Feb. 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Today VTech® announces its award-winning Go! Go! Smart Wheels® line will expand to offer exciting new themes to further spark toddlers’ imaginations. With innovative SmartPoint® technology that truly brings the toys to life, Go! Go! Smart Wheels offer engaging play experiences while teaching first words, letters and more as children explore cause and effect relationships. The new line is on display at the 2018 North American International Toy Fair®.

“We’re incredibly proud of the success and longevity of the Go! Go! Smart Wheels line,” said William To, President of VTech Electronics North America. “We are always looking for ways to refresh the line with new themes that will energize kids and enhance their overall play experience, while continuing to offer the engaging, multi-sensory learning and value we know parents love.”

Go! Go! Smart Wheels playsets maximize toddler fun, delivering important developmental benefits that help children reach social, emotional, language, cognitive, physical and motor milestones. As a child places a SmartPoint vehicle on SmartPoint locations found throughout the playsets, it will respond and engage children with lights, sounds and music. The exciting, interactive Go! Go! Smart Wheels Launch & Chase Police Tower™ will have kids racing, chasing and patrolling the city with this engaging playset. They can pretend to serve and protect as they patrol with Po the SmartPoint Police Car and chase the Getaway Car around three track levels, while exploring SmartPoint locations throughout. There is also a new Go! Go! Smart Wheels Tow & Go Garage™ with nine interactive SmartPoint locations that is sure to get little gearheads revved up. If they’d rather take to the skies, the new Go! Go! Smart Wheels Take Flight Airport™ will have them soaring as they launch the SmartPoint airplane on the catapult up to the cloud.

Highlights of the new Go! Go! Smart Wheels line, available later this year, include:

Go! Go! Smart Wheels® Launch & Chase Police Tower™: The Getaway Car is on the run and Po the Police Car is on the case with the Go! Go! Smart Wheels Launch & Chase Police Tower. Chase the Getaway Car around the three track levels, launch off one of the two ramps to try and gain some speed or slide the switch to raise the road blocks to slow him down! Your little one will love the switch tracks, hidden trap doors and road barriers that add to the excitement of the car chase. Help patrol with Po and get the Getaway Car to the jailhouse and not the hideout. Featuring SmartPoint® technology, Po responds to five SmartPoint locations with fun sounds, phrases, three sing-along songs and six melodies. The chase is on! Ages 1-5 years.

Go! Go! Smart Wheels® Tow & Go Garage™: Lift up friends in need with Trent the Tow Truck and the Go! Go! Smart Wheels Tow & Go Garage. Spend the day at the garage with Trent, go up the elevator and explore the second floor where you can rest your little engine in the parking lot or stop on the repair platform and move the wrench back and forth for a quick tune-up. Then, race down the ramp to the car wash to finish up with a nice shine! Trent the Tow Truck features a movable hook to tow other Go! Go! Smart Wheels® vehicles (sold separately) and SmartPoint® technology that responds to all nine SmartPoint locations with fun sounds, phrases, three sing-along songs and six melodies. Let’s pick up some buddies and tow and go! Ages 1-5 years.

Go! Go! Smart Wheels® Take Flight Airport™: Pack your bags and take a trip with the Go! Go! Smart Wheels Take Flight Airport. Launch Aaron the Airplane into the clouds, take a spin around the tower and safely land at the gate. Little pilots will enjoy all the pretend-play features including a gas pump, radar and baggage claim. Fly over five SmartPoint® locations to hear different phrases, music or fun sound effects, or press Aaron’s light-up button to hear cheerful songs and learn the letter “A”. Have a high-flying good time! Ages 1-5 years.

Go! Go! Smart Wheels® Vehicles: Perfectly sized for little hands, these electronic vehicles entertain children with a light-up button that activates phrases and sounds. Kids can either fly or drive into playtime with a helicopter or truck, or save the day with a police car. Nine popular vehicles have also been given a new look. The vehicles respond to SmartPoint® locations on Go! Go! Smart Wheels playsets (sold separately) with fun responses, sound effects, lights and music. Ages 1-5 years.

About VTech®
VTech is a world leader in age-appropriate and developmental stage-based electronic learning products for children. As a pioneer in the learning toy category, VTech develops high-quality, innovative educational products that enrich children’s development and make learning fun. With a rich 40 year history, VTech has not only established itself as a learning authority but also consistently remains at the forefront of innovation with multiple award-winning products, including prestigious Toy of the Year (TOTY) Award winners. The company also has a broad range of award-winning infant, toddler and preschool products available in 31 different languages worldwide, with more than 100 new products introduced every year. In order to further strengthen VTech’s position as a learning authority, new products are developed with critical insights from a dedicated team of in-house learning experts.

VTech Electronics North America, L.L.C. is based in Arlington Heights, Illinois. VTech Electronics Limited is headquartered in Hong Kong with distribution globally.

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ARK Releases Technical Update — Introducing API V2

ARK Releases Technical Update -- Introducing API V2 Press Release from PRNEWSWIRE has been published today, Maciej Heyman, .

LONS-LE-SAUNIER, France, Feb. 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — All-In-One Blockchain solution, ARK has begun the testing phase of their Core 2 update, starting with their new API v2 software. This follows on from their recent business development with the release of ARK Deployer.

ARK is known for its revolutionary blockchain platform which boasts a whole host of new and exciting technologies, their most notable being their SmartBridge functionality. The integration of SmartBridge functionality allowed ARK to bypass one of the most prominent issues surrounding different blockchains which was the isolation between each one.

SmartBridge technology allows the linking of different blockchains through the method of bridging, which creates simultaneous utilisation of multiple blockchain networks by simplifying the process of having to endlessly trade coins to gain access to rival networks. ARK’s most recent technical update focuses on keeping their new API v2 simple, clean and allow easy access for new developers to quickly jump in and extend it.

Happy with Hapi

The initial development of the API v2 started with Restify, as it is well established in the Node.JS world when it comes to API development. However, it soon became apparent that it did not fit the needs and goals ARK had for the new API.

This is where Hapi comes into play. Hapi offers a rich framework and plugin system that scales from the personal to the enterprise space, also allowing for ARK to implement every version of the API as a plugin which makes it possible to remove a whole API version by simply commenting it out. This is in line with ARK’s goal of making it as easy as possible to work with the ARK Core v2.

Making Improvements

A major issue with the API v1 was that it did not follow any standards and was not RESTful in any way. The API v2 will be fully RESTful and follow the JSON API specifications as closely as possible. What this means is that all API endpoints that serve resources like blocks and transactions will act like collections. So instead of calling `/api/blocks/get?id=` you will call `/api/blocks/{id}` where `/api/blocks` is the collection of the record you request via `{id}` will be grabbed from.

This change will allow users to understand how the API endpoints work and are structured without having to continually check the API docs because the structure is standardized.

Full Throttling

An issue with APIs which allow public access is that they can be abused to perform attacks on servers by flooding them with requests, causing too many queries and killing the database. A small change to help prevent this is the introduction of request throttling. Throttling is not a replacement for a DDoS mitigation as it only affects the API from being flooded. The users will have the ability to check the request throttling is working by performing a request to any API endpoint and checking the response headers.

Caching

As previously mentioned, ARK will implement request throttling to prevent flooding of the API. Caching of API calls will additionally reduce the load on the database as most data in the blockchain is immutable. ARK leverage Catbox to provide a wide variety of drivers for popular caching solutions like Redis, Memcached or Riak. The goal of caching is never having to generate the same response twice, the benefit of doing this is that ARK will gain speed and reduce server load on the ARK Core v2.

The ARK Crew is famous for their continual commitment to strive ever forward as the pioneers of innovative and groundbreaking blockchain technologies. Their new API v2 will boast many new features including better data handling and providing throttling and caching right out of the box. By following the latest trends and established best practices the ARK crew will be ready to build upon their foundation with peace of mind for future releases.

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HealthCombix, a Leading Blockchain Healthcare Platform, Partners with Y Combinator Alumnus NuCypher

HealthCombix, a Leading Blockchain Healthcare Platform, Partners with Y Combinator Alumnus NuCypher Press Release from PRNEWSWIRE has been published today, Maciej Heyman, .

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Feb. 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — HealthCombix today announced that it has partnered with San Francisco based NuCypher to explore distributed security technology integrations to solve privacy, consent, and identity challenges in healthcare around the globe.

HealthCombix, a decentralized healthcare blockchain platform, is redesigning how healthcare is delivered and paid for utilizing distributed technology, decentralized economies, and cryptoeconomic incentives. HealthCombix plans to partner with existing healthcare stakeholders to advance and support emerging privacy networks.

“Our goal is to build out the next generation of healthcare systems. We are redefining and redesigning in an open protocol a decentralized network model for healthcare, replacing existing systems with best of breed distributed technology in a layered and integrated architecture.  Decentralized key management, privacy and consent are cornerstone capabilities in this new healthcare economy and we believe NuCypher is on the leading edge in this space,” says HealthCombix Founder and CEO Cyrus Maaghul.

The NuCypher technology, called proxy re-encryption, is a type of public-key encryption that allows a third-party proxy to transform ciphertexts from one public key to another (using re-encryption keys) without learning anything about the underlying message.  NuCypher is planning a token sale in the months ahead and is backed by PolyChain Capital among other notable investors.  The NuCypher token will be used as an economic incentive to ensure correctness of computation.

‘We’re excited to partner with HealthCombix to rethink healthcare from the ground up. HealthCombix’s modular approach is differentiated and, I believe, correct. Decentralization will have a significant impact on the healthcare industry in the coming years and by giving patients greater control over their health records and their treatment options, HealthCombix will be driving much of this change,” said NuCypher Founder and CEO MacLane Wilkinson.

HealthCombix is planning a token sale in Q4-2018/Q1-2019.

About HealthCombix

HealthCombix combines privacy-preserving human data asset management, disease prediction markets, and the power of open, decentralized payment networks to build future healthcare ecosystems, DAOs, and cooperatives.

About NuCypher

NuCypher, a Y Combinator alumnus, is a security and encryption platform for distributed systems including blockchain, Big Data, cloud and the Internet-of-Things. 

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LeapFrog® Brings Books to Life with New LeapStart® 3D

LeapFrog® Brings Books to Life with New LeapStart® 3D Press Release from PRNEWSWIRE has been published today, Maciej Heyman, .

NEW YORK, Feb. 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ Today LeapFrog® Enterprises, Inc., the leader in innovative learning toys for children, debuted an exciting update to its award-winning LeapStart® Interactive Learning System. The new LeapStart® 3D activity book system features an interactive 3D-like display and touch-and-talk games to deepen the learning through a combination of video, audio and print. They uniquely work together to reinforce and cement learning concepts while delivering a magical experience. The innovative product for ages 2-7 is on display at the 2018 North American International Toy Fair®.

“We’re always looking for ways to improve our successful products and thoughtfully integrate relevant technology,” said William To, President, VTech Electronics North America, LeapFrog’s parent company. “With the addition of 3D technology, LeapStart 3D can really bring the LeapStart books to life in a magical way, providing more ways for children to learn.”

LeapStart 3D is a “whole-child” learning system, providing the perfect balance of core and life skills to help prepare kids for the future and build a strong foundation for life-long learning. With LeapStart 3D, kids can learn to count, read, build problem-solving skills and more through fun replayable activities and 3D-like animations that reinforce the curriculum in an exciting new way. The stylus reads invisible dots on every page, triggering questions, challenges, songs, jokes and more with accompanying 3D-like animations.

“Reading is fundamental for children and anything that gets them excited about reading is beneficial,” said Dr. Carolyn James, Executive Learning Designer for LeapFrog. “LeapStart 3D encourages various types of learners by combining engaging animation with tangible print books to not only deepen the learning but also help with school readiness.”

In 2018, new licenses featuring popular children’s characters will grow the LeapStart library, including the new titles Mickey and the Roadster Racers Pit Stop and Go, Disney Princesses and Pixar Pals. The entire LeapStart library is audio compatible with LeapStart 3D, with select titles upgraded to include 3D-like activities. The library features games, stories, learn to read activities, creative challenges, problem-solving puzzles, math mazes and more for 2-7 year olds with more than 30 activities in every activity book. Most activities feature two levels of difficulty so that kids can play and learn at the right level and move up when they’re ready. With 25+ books (sold separately) and more than 30 activities in every book, the LeapStart library covers over 50 key skills for every age level encompassing a variety of school subjects and life skills from preschool through first grade. The library also includes two Learn to Read book sets dedicated to guiding children on their reading journey one step at a time. A total of 400+ activities help kids build tomorrow’s skills today.

For more information, please visit www.leapfrog.com.

About LeapFrog
LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc. is the leader in innovative learning toys for children that encourage a child’s curiosity and love of learning throughout their early developmental journey. For more than 20 years, LeapFrog has helped children expand their knowledge and imagination through award-winning products that combine state-of-the-art educational expertise led by the LeapFrog Learning Team, innovative technology, and engaging play – turning playtime into quality time that helps children leap ahead. LeapFrog’s proprietary learning tablets and ground-breaking developmental games, learn to read and write systems, interactive learning toys and more are designed to create personalized experiences that encourage, excite and build confidence in children. LeapFrog is a subsidiary of VTech Holdings Limited, which is based in Hong Kong.  LeapFrog was founded in 1995 by a father who revolutionized technology-based learning solutions to help his child learn how to read. Learn more at www.leapfrog.com.

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ZURU's Bunch O Balloons Wins Prestigious 'Outdoor Toy of the Year' Award for Second Consecutive Year

ZURU's Bunch O Balloons Wins Prestigious 'Outdoor Toy of the Year' Award for Second Consecutive Year Press Release from PRNEWSWIRE has been published today, Maciej Heyman, .

NEW YORK, Feb. 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Leading international toy and consumer products company, ZURU™, secured the esteemed 2018 Toy of the Year (TOTY) award in the Active/Outdoor Toy category for the company’s Bunch O Balloons for the second consecutive year, proving that the global Kick Starter sensation and innovative water balloon line continues to be one of the most wanted and top-selling toys worldwide. The Toy of the Year Award winners were announced at the glittering Toy Association’s Annual Toy Of The Year Awards gala which took place on Friday, February 16, 2018, in New York City.

The Bunch O Balloons Filler/Soaker was a 2018 TOTY finalist and ultimately brought home the win for the Bunch O Balloons brand. The Filler/Soaker can fill up Bunch O Balloons or double as a water blaster. 

There’s no need to find a hose to fill the balloons – just attach the balloons to the front nozzle, place the Filler/Soaker into a body of water such as a bucket or a pool and make hundreds of self-sealing water balloons in minutes. The Bunch O Balloons Filler/soaker can also be used as a water blaster that shoots water over 30 feet.

“We are proud to receive the Outdoor Toy of the Year Award for Bunch O Balloons for the second year in a row,” stated Nick Mowbray, Co-CEO, ZURU. “This prestigious industry recognition is a testament to the dedication and enthusiasm of our teams in bringing innovative and fun products to children worldwide.”

The Kickstarter sensation and innovative water balloon line was one of the top selling toys in the U.S. in 2017 and had the biggest sales at retail to date in the U.S. in 2017, increasing by 46% year-over-year across major retailers based on retailer sales data. 

The TOTY Awards are considered the “Oscars” of the toy industry, recognizing companies and products for their outstanding performance the previous year. Winners are chosen through a combination of votes from retailers, journalists, consumers and members of the Association. The TOTY Awards Gala helped kick off the 115th North American International Toy Fair.

About ZURU

ZURU is a disruptive and award-winning company that designs, develops, manufactures and markets innovative toys. Inspired by kids and imaginative play, ZURU is one of the fastest growing toy companies and is known for their agility, creativity and new-age manufacturing techniques. The company employs more than 400 staff, has 10 offices and supplies most major retailers in 120+ countries. ZURU has delighted millions of families all over the world through partnerships with entertainment properties, including Nickelodeon, Disney, Universal Studios and DreamWorks as well as successfully building their own global brands such as Bunch O Balloons™, ZURU Fidget™, Mayka™, X-Shot™, Robo Alive™, Micro Boats™ and Hamsters in a House™. Let’s reimagine play, everyday!

Visit us at www.zuru.com, Like us on Facebook @ZURUToysCompany, or Follow us on Twitter @ZURUToys

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Video: Wiener Dogs Racing On Ice Not Quite Olympic Game, But Spirit Of Friendly Competition On Display For Charity At Junior League Hockey Intermission

Video: Wiener Dogs Racing On Ice Not Quite Olympic Game, But Spirit Of Friendly Competition On Display For Charity At Junior League Hockey Intermission Press Release from PRNEWSWIRE has been published today, Maciej Heyman, .

GENEVA, Ill., Feb. 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — A popular junior hockey league tradition, Wiener Dog Racing took place at the Fox Valley Ice Arena on Saturday, February 17, 2018, as the 2016-2017 Clark Cup Champions Chicago Steel Hockey hosted their first annual Wiener Dog Races. Fans were treated during the first and second intermissions to the Steel’s Wiener Dog Races, with Monty, a one-year-old dachshund born in Denver, beating 16 other dogs to earn the championship trophy, edging out fellow finalists Asti, Buster and Tarragon. Race video footage from the first and second race is available HERE

Race proceeds went to Rescue Warriors Corp., an Elgin-based nonprofit whose mission is to save abandoned animals from being euthanized.  The organization is run by volunteers and generous supporters who have provided their time and financial support to help with their mission. The winner received a prize package provided by Woofbeach. For high res images, please contact Amelia Dellos at amelia@agencythreesixty.com.

During the game, The Madison Capitols (19-18-1-2, 41 pts.) stormed back from a 3-0 deficit, scoring eight of the game’s final nine goals en route to an 8-4 win over the Chicago Steel (19-18-1-3, 42 pts.) Saturday night at Fox Valley Ice Arena. Cade Borchardt notched a career-high four points (2-2–4) for the Capitols.

Chicago Steel’s  season-long seven-game homestand continues next weekend with a pair of games at Fox Valley Ice Arena. Friday, Feb. 23 is Military Appreciation Night presented by Grunt Style as the Steel take on the Green Bay Gamblers. Faceoff is set for 7:05 p.m. and complimentary admission is available for active military and veterans. The Steel then close the weekend with a Steel Family Sunday on Feb. 25, hosting the Central Illinois Flying Aces at 3:05 p.m. on Rusty’s Birthday, featuring a mascot hockey game. The Steel Family Pack is available — purchase four tickets, four hot dogs, four sodas (or waters) and four chuck-a-pucks starting at just $48. Fans are invited to stick around after the game for full-team post-game autographs. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 855-51-STEEL, stop by the Box Office at Fox Valley Ice Arena or visit ChicagoSteelHockeyTeam.com.

ABOUT THE CHICAGO STEEL
The 2017 Clark Cup Champion Chicago Steel are entering their 18th season in the United States Hockey League (USHL) and third season playing at Fox Valley Ice Arena in Geneva, Ill. 2016-2017 was a record-breaking season for the Steel, including new team records in regular season wins (38) and points (81), and culminating in the first championship in team history. The organization’s focus is providing affordable, family-friendly entertainment. Steel players are recruited from across the country and internationally. They are assigned a host family and advisor to arrange housing and education options while with the team. Education, and development as a player/individual, are keys to their success. 192 Steel players have earned NCAA Division I scholarships since 2000 and 34 have been NHL Draft picks since 2002. Follow the Steel on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: @ChicagoSteel. Visit ChicagoSteelHockeyTeam.com for more information.

2016-2017 Championship Season
Last season, the Chicago Steel set a new all-time team record with 38 wins and 81 points in the regular season, making its way to the postseason for the first time in nine years, and first since the team relocated to the Fox Valley in 2015. Chicago defeated the Youngstown Phantoms in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, 3 game to 2, before knocking off the defending Eastern Conference Champions, the Dubuque Fighting Saints, in the Eastern Conference Final, 3 games to 1. It was the Steel’s first-ever appearance in the Clark Cup Final. For more information on the Chicago Steel  visit ChicagoSteelHockeyTeam.com.

ABOUT THE UNITED STATES HOCKEY LEAGUE
Headquartered in Chicago, IL, and founded in 1979, the USHL is celebrating its 16th season as the nation’s only Tier 1 junior hockey league. It’s players range from 16-20 years old, and are recruited from over 35 states and 9 countries to fill the rosters on 17 teams nationwide. A record 40 USHL players were chosen in the 2017 NHL Draft, and more than 400 USHL players on team rosters last season committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the league as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.

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adidas' 747 Warehouse St. Reshapes The Future Of Basketball Culture During Two Day Event Featuring Creators Pharrell Williams And Alexander Wang

adidas' 747 Warehouse St. Reshapes The Future Of Basketball Culture During Two Day Event Featuring Creators Pharrell Williams And Alexander Wang Press Release from PRNEWSWIRE has been published today, Maciej Heyman, .

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — This weekend, adidas rolled out an epic line-up of events including musical performances, celebrity appearances and limited edition sneaker drops during the adidas 747 Warehouse St. two-day festival celebrating basketball culture in downtown Los Angeles.