“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.

Ricciardo set to see Dale Jr.’s final Texas ride in two weeks (VIDEO)

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We’ve written before about Daniel Ricciardo’s love of Dale Earnhardt and his love of the No. 3, which Ricciardo has selected as his permanent number for the duration of his Formula 1 career. And additionally, Dale Earnhardt Jr. has offered up the opportunity that one day Ricciardo could race a JR Motorsports car in NASCAR Xfinity Series competition, and Ricciardo has said he’d be up for it.

And although Earnhardt Jr. has only used the No. 3 on a handful of occasions in his career in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, Ricciardo knows how much the number means to the NASCAR veteran as he prepares for his final few starts in the Cup Series the tail-end of this year.

After the Mexican Grand Prix next week, Ricciardo is set to stay in North America for the off-week between the Mexican and Brazilian Grands Prix.

In that break, he said he’ll see Earnhardt Jr. in person at the Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway (Sunday, Nov. 5, 2 p.m. ET, NBCSN) to ensure he gets to see him before he retires from full-time competition.

Ricciardo explained his planning during Thursday’s pre-race edition of the NBC Sports Group original digital series Paddock Pass, speaking to NBCSN’s Will Buxton at the United States Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas in Austin.

“Well I’ll see him for the first time in Dallas. I’m gonna go to the NASCAR race in two weeks time at Texas Motor Speedway,” Ricciardo told NBCSN.

“Yeah, so, I gotta see him race before he hangs up the helmet.

“The Earnhardt family is a huge name in motorsport, not only in America but all over the world. Yeah I wish him well.”

Ricciardo is also optimistic he’ll get the chance to do a helmet swap with Earnhardt Jr. at the event.

“Hopefully I get to see him perform well in Texas. I’m gonna try to do a helmet swap with him. We’ll see how we go.”

Stay tuned for more on this over the coming weeks.