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Fast & Furious 7 races to $240.4 million world-wide debut and breaks records

Fast & Furious 7

Story by Jack Foley

FAST & Furious 7 has shot to the top of the US box office with a massive $146.5 million debut.

The franchise juggernaut also scored an estimated $240.4 million overseas for a whopping world-wide launch of $387 million, breaking numerous records in the process.

The figure is already a series best and the biggest launch for any movie in the US since The Hunger Games: Catching Fire in November 2013.

Globally, it is the fourth-highest opening of all time behind the final Harry Potter, The Deathly Hallows Part 2 ($483.2 million), Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince ($394.4 million) and The Avengers ($392.5 million).

Fast & Furious 7 also marks the top opening ever for the month of April, beating Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the previous record holder with $95 million, which opened on the same weekend a year ago. It further means that the US blockbuster season now officially kicks off in April, as opposed to the more traditional month of May.

Of the international territories the film opened in, Fast & Furious 7 came in No. 1 in every territory, led by the UK with $19 million. Germany ($15.2 million), France ($11.4 million) and Australia ($11.2 million) also saw great performances.

If it maintains its momentum, Fast & Furious 7 could become the first Universal franchise to join the billion dollar club.

Fast & Furious 7 doesn’t just offer the death-defying spectacle fans have come to expect from the franchise, but it also marks the final film featuring the late Paul Walker, making it all the more poignant.

Commenting on the film’s success, Nicholas Carpou, Universal president of US distribution, said: “Someone that I admire quite a lot recently said this is a franchise that really looks like America, and there are characters that everyone can relate to. I think that’s a big plus. And I think Paul was another big reason for people to come to our movie.”

Given the film’s success, it comes as no surprise to hear that Universal is plotting at least three more films in the franchise, even without Walker. As yet, nothing has been announced regarding plot or actor involvement, with even 7‘s director James Wan (a franchise newcomer) yet to be confirmed to return.

Elsewhere at the US box office, DreamWorks Animation’s family offering Home slipped from first to second in its second weekend with $27.4 million for a US total of $95.6 million.

And Will Ferrell-Kevin Hart comedy Get Hard took a $12.9 million for a 10-day US haul of $57 million.

Disney’s Cinderella came fourth with $10.2 million and The Divergent Series: Insurgent rounded out the top five with $10 million.

Of the latter two films, both achieved box office milestones coming out of the Easter weekend. Cinderella will jump the $400 million mark after finishing Sunday with a US total of $167.3 million and an international haul of $230, while Insurgent crossed the $100 million mark in the US, hitting $103.4 million.

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