'Furious 7' races past $1 billion mark at worldwide box office
Great news for the cast and crew of Furious 7: the latest entry in the franchise has passed $1 billion at the global box office. And in record time, too.
Universal announced Friday that Furious 7 will have made more than $1 billion worldwide by the end of day, according to estimates, crossing that major milestone in only 17 days. That makes Furious 7 the fastest live-action film to reach that number, ahead of Avatar, Marvel’s The Avengers, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2, all of which reached $1 billion in 19 days. Furious 7 has been open in the United States for 15 of the 17 days.
Furious 7 is now also the only film from Universal Pictures reach $1 billion in ticket sales during its initial theatrical run. (Jurassic Park only crosed the threshold after its 3D re-release in 2013.) James Wan’s film has taken in an estimated $273.7 million in North America over 15 days and $735.2 million overseas in 17 days. Overall, the latest film’s box office also pushes the entire Fast and Furious franchise to more than $3 billion around the globe.
“We’re incredibly proud to watch Fast & Furious take its place as the only original live-action franchise to reach these kinds of results at the box office,” president of domestic distribution at Universal Nick Carpou said in a statement.
Buoyed by strong reviews and the film’s beautiful farewell to series mainstay Paul Walker, Furious 7 has been breaking records practically since it opened, and the film has already made more than every other movie in the franchise. Its debut was the biggest Easter and April opening weekends ever, and the film has stayed at a strong No. 1 spot at the box office two weeks in a row.