“Turbo” finding new life overseas after so-so American run

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While “Turbo” is set to go to Blu-ray and DVD on Nov. 12 here in America, Dreamworks’ animated racing movie is putting up a strong showing at the overseas box office.

The story about a super-fast snail taking on the Indianapolis 500 has managed to bank more than $160 million overseas, with markets such as France, Spain and the United Kingdom most recently having its releases of the film. “Turbo’s” international gross alone is enough to cover the film’s $135 million production budget.

The overseas results for “Turbo” are a stark contrast to the sluggish showing it had here in America. On its opening U.S. weekend, it finished third at the box office ($21.3 million) and according to Box Office Mojo, it’s barely managed to crack $80 million Stateside.

That rough start triggered talk of a potential writedown for Dreamworks according to investors. But with almost $250 million in worldwide ticket sales, “Turbo” is helping the company enjoy higher share prices according to Bloomberg.

It also helps that Dreamworks has been working to stop being so dependent on the box office for its revenue. The company has been expanding into other areas such as toys, video games, and television.

“Turbo” will be part of that particular initiative, as streaming service Netflix will launch an animated series based on the film next month.

Rebellion confirms LMP1 return, all-star line-up for WEC super season

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Rebellion Racing has confirmed it will return to the LMP1 class of the FIA World Endurance Championship for the 2018/19 ‘super season’ with an all-star line-up featuring Le Mans winners Neel Jani and Andre Lotterer.

Rebellion raced in LMP1 as a privateer between 2009 and 2016 before stepping down to LMP2 for the most recent season, capturing the class titles at the first attempt.

Following a push from the WEC and Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) to make LMP1 more appealing to privateer teams, Rebellion announced on Wednesday it would return to the premier class for the 2018/19 season with a two-car effort.

WEC LMP2 champion Bruno Senna will return with Rebellion next year, as will Mathias Beche, with the pair set to be joined by four new faces.

The most notable arrivals are Porsche factory drivers Lotterer and Jani, both of whom were left without an LMP1 drive following the closure of the German manufacturer’s program at the end of the season.

American racer Gustavo Menezes will also join Rebellion, stepping up after two years in LMP2, while outstanding 2017 rookie Thomas Laurent completes the Swiss team’s line-up.

“I am looking forward to coming back where my endurance career started nine years ago,” said Jani.

“Rebellion Racing played a huge role in my career and also helped me become a factory driver for Porsche. When Porsche stopped in LMP1, it was clear for me that I wanted to race again for Rebellion.

“With the new regulations, I hope we can reach the overall podium at Le Mans and with a bit of luck, maybe we can even grab some wins during the super season of WEC.”

“I am very happy to join the champion Rebellion team,” added three-time Le Mans winner Lotterer.

“The LMP1 project is very exciting and to be able to go on with the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the FIA WEC challenge is something I did not want to miss.

“I am motivated and looking forward to have a great time with great people there.”