UPDATE April 27, 2015 – Furious 7 became the first movie since Guardians Of The Galaxy to take the top spot at the box office for four consecutive weekends.
As of Sunday 26 April, Furious 7 has taken in over $320 million.
During its fourth weekend in theaters, April 24-26, 2015 the movie took in just over $17 million.
UPDATE April 18, 2015 – Furious 7 — which jumped the $1 billion mark at the global box office Friday — grossed $8.6 million Friday from 3,964 theaters for a projected weekend of $25.5 million and domestic gross of $290 million through Sunday.
UPDATE: April 6, 2015 – Rivaling the staying power of Harry Potter and James Bond — Furious 7 raced to a $146.5 million debut at the North American box office and $245.1 million overseas for a worldwide launch of $391.6 million, the fourth-best of all time.
The movie that cost $190 million to make broke numerous records, delivering a series best and the biggest launch for any movie domestically since The Hunger Games: Catching Fire in November 2013. Globally, it is the fourth-highest opening of all time behind the final Harry Potter film ($483.2 million), Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince ($394.4 million) and The Avengers ($392.5 million).
And its foreign gross of $240.4 million from 63 markets makes it the #3 international opening of all time and the biggest start for a Universal title, even without China, where it rolls out April 12. Furious 7 came in #1 in every territory, led by the U.K. ($19 million), Germany ($15.2 million), France ($11.4 million) and Australia ($11.2 million).
Keep in mind, however, that the numbers that reflect the Fast And Furious 7 box office grosses are all inflated. Movies in the 1970s and 1980s, such as Star Wars, Empire Strikes Back, E.T., Return Of The Jedi, Tootsie, Beverly Hills Cop, Back To The Future and Raiders Of The Lost Ark, to name just a few, which were released on fewer screens, actually sold more tickets.
UPDATE: April 4, 2015 – Furious 7 was released in U.S. theaters last night, racing away with $15.8 million, easily beating the $6.5 million start of Fast And Furious 6.
It is the best showing for any film since The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1, which took in $17 million Thursday night on its way to a $121.9 million debut in November 2014. Furious 7 began rolling out at 7 p.m. in 3,069 locations, last night in the U.S.
Imax theaters generated $2.2 million, the third-best number for Thursday previews after The Dark Knight Rises and Iron Man 3.
The final film featuring the late Paul Walker, Furious 7 is being released around the world this weekend and could easily earn upwards of $350 million by the end of Easter Sunday, including a record-breaking April opening domestically. It has already earned $60 million overseas after debuting in 12 markets Wednesday night and playing all day Thursday. In 15 markets, including Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Trinidad, India, Indonesia, Israel and the Middle East, the movie scored the top opening day of all time, while in 25 countries it delivered the biggest first day for a Universal film.
Furious 7 is getting the widest release in Universal’s history. Domestically, it is playing in 4,003 theaters. Internationally, it has booked more than 10,500 screens in 63 territories, although it won’t open in China, Japan and Russia until late April or early May.
The current record-holder for top April opening domestically is Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which debuted to $95 million from 3,928 theaters last year.
Furious 7 is also poised to nab the biggest opening of 2015 to date. And if it beats the $121.9 million launch of Mockingjay — Part 1, it will mark the largest three-day opening since The Hunger Games: Catching Fire ($158 million) in November 2013.
The movie enjoys massive awareness and interest, due to both the popularity of the street-racing series and Walker’s death. The last film, Fast & Furious 6, debuted to a franchise-best $117 million over the four-day Memorial Day weekend in 2012, including $97.4 million for the three days, on its way to grossing $788.7 million worldwide.
Universal intended to open Furious 7 on July 11, 2014, but production was halted in November 2013 when Walker died in a car crash during the Thanksgiving hiatus. After director James Wan, writer Chris Morgan and Universal pored over existing footage and tweaked the script, production resumed in April 2014.
CGI and voice effects were used in some scenes featuring Walker’s detective character, Brian O’Conner, with Walker’s brothers, Caleb and Cody, used as stand-ins.