‘Fast & Furious 7’ Breaks Box-Office records with $143.6 million Debut

The much awaited seventh installment of the Fast & Furious Franchise peeled out of the gates in its opening weekend with a stunning $143.6 million Box Office collection from 4,004 locations and topped the domestic box office, according to Rentrak estimates on Sunday.

Fast & Furious 7 broke the record for the month of April 2015, blowing past the $95 million debut of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and also becomes the highest-grossing kick-off for any film in the Fast and Furious franchise.

The movie also ranks ninth among the top ten openings in history.

Just as The Dark Knight turned into a memorial for Heath Ledger, audiences flocked to see star Paul Walker in one of his final roles. Paul died in a car crash in 2013 at the age of 40 and his work on the film was completed using digital technology and a series of stand-ins.

Production on Furious 7 was halted while the filmmakers and Universal decided whether or not to proceed with the film. The team ultimately decided to delay the release from its originally scheduled July 2014 date

Being the most ambitious release in Universal’s history, Fast & Furious 7 opened on 10,005 screens internationally picking up $240.4 million from 63 territories for a $384 million worldwide debut – a 48 percent increase over Fast & Furious 6.

The film will also debut in Russia, Poland, Japan, and China in the coming weeks.

The film has the roads to itself until Disney and Marvel’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters on May 1.


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