Furious 7 has become an instant box office super-hit by grossing an astonishing $143.6-million at its domestic opening alone. The movie that moved hundreds of Paul Walker fans to tears at is premier is well on course to annihilate every other episode released by the franchise to date, which despite a less-than clean sheet from film critics went on to earn over $2 billion for Universal.
The prior April weekend record was set by “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” last year, with a comparatively paltry $95 million in box office takings. Universal spoke of particularly impressive performance for Furious 7 overseas, which has so far raked in $240.4 million and become the most profitable installment of the franchise to date.
“Looking at the worldwide result is kind of a humbling experience,” said head of domestic distribution for Universal, Nicholas Carpou.
“People really have a tremendous interest in the latest saga. It’s great to watch this franchise develop the way it has so far.”
Along with setting opening weekend records for Universal and for the Fast and Furious franchise, Furious 7 has become the third most successful opening weekend movie of all time, beaten only by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part 2 and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
“There are a lot of franchises that are enjoying international box office success. We happen to be one that’s original,” added Carpou.
“Social outreach was huge from the beginning with the first trailer,”
“There’s no way that people wouldn’t know this film was coming and that there was this next huge chapter about to unleash on the world.”
Speaking at the movie’s premier in Los Angeles, Vin Diesel reflected on his personal relationship with Paul Walker who died before filming of the picture was completed.
“This movie is more than a movie,” he said.
“You’ll feel it when you see it. There’s something emotional that happens to you where you walk out of this movie and you appreciate everyone you love,”
“Because you never know the last day when you are going to see them.”