Weekend box office: Furious 7 breaks April records

Everyone predicted that FURIOUS 7 was going to be huge.  I don’t know if the franchise really is getting better and more exciting with age or if people were morbidly curious to see how they handled Paul Walker’s death or if audiences were just super eager to get the summer movie season started, but I wasn’t expecting it to bring in $143 million.  Let’s put that in perspective just for a second.  The first Fast and Furious movie opened in 2001 to about $40 million.  But FAST & FURIOUS 6 opened in 2013 to $97 million.  If we exclude TOKYO DRIFT, then the biggest increase for the franchise was from 2 FAST 2 FURIOUS to FAST AND FURIOUS, which was about a $20.5 million difference.  So a $50 million increase from the sixth to seventh entries is just incredible.  And if you thought we’d be done with the Fast and Furious franchise after eight, then think again.  If there’s something Hollywood likes to do, it’s kill a franchise and now that seven has opened to crazy numbers, I’m sure Universal is already planning installments into the twenties.

Next week sees the release of…nothing.  Well, to be fair, we do have THE LONGEST RIDE and a limited engagement for the critically acclaimed EX MACHINA, but let’s just say nothing is going to challenge FURIOUS 7 for box office supremacy.  In fact, FURIOUS 7 doesn’t have any real competition for about a month, when AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON will be unleashed upon audiences.  So not only did FURIOUS 7 shatter the franchise opening record, it also has the potential to easily be the highest grossing Furious film to date.  Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.

1. Furious 7 $143.6m

2. Home $27.4m

3. Get Hard $12.9m

4. Cinderella $10.3m

5. The Divergent Series: Insurgent $10m

6. It Follows $2.4m

7. Woman in Gold $2m

8. Kingsman: The Secret Service $1.7m

9. Do You Believe $1.5m

10. The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel $1m

(Deadline)

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