It’s official! Furious 7, the six sequel in the Fast and Furious franchise, has smashed box-office records after grossing a staggering $147 million domestically in the US in it’s opening weekend, eclipsing the March record held by last years Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014).
The film, the last in the illustrious yet sadly short career of Paul Walker, lies fourth in the list of greatest launches of all time with a whopping $392 million worldwide – it comes just behind The Avengers (2012) $392.5 million haul and the $394.4 million scored by Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009), with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (2011) still way out in front with $495 million.
Even more great news for the cast is that Furious 7 has reached the $500 million milestone in less than a week and looks set to overtake Fifty Shades of Grey as 2015’s highest grossing film to date – though with Avengers: Age of Ultron opening this month, it’s probably safe to assume this title will not remain theirs for long.
Despite the mind-blowing action scenes, including the destruction of over 240 cars during the production, Furious 7‘s popularity at the box office is likely due largely in part to the sad death of it’s star Paul Walker, who tragically passed away during filming, resulting in the studio recruiting the star’s two brother’s to help transition his character out of the franchise in the most respectful and memorable way possible.
However, with a stellar cast including the likes of Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Stathom, Kurt Russell, Tyrese Gibson and Ludacris, it’s no surprise why people have been flocking to cinemas all over the world in their masses.
The future of this money making, record breaking franchise is yet to be confirmed, though it’s star Vin Diesel recently hinted to an eighth outing, so anything could be possible, but sadly it will always be missing one of it’s most popular and well-loved stars.