The seventh chapter in the Fast and Furious franchise has crossed the $1 billion milestone in international box office collections.
With this feat, “Furious 7″ became the third movie to reach that mark. Preceded only by “Titanic” and “Avatar,” it is the first non-James Cameron to find its place in the league.
The movie’s overall collection has amounted to $1.32 billion, making it the fifth highest-grossing movie of all time, according to Box Office Mojo. It leaves behind “Frozen,” which made $1.27 billion globally.
The Vin Diesel and Paul Walker starrer “Furious 7” maintained its position at the No. 1 box office spot in its four-week opening. It is the first time since the release of “The Hunger Games” in 2012 that a movie has accomplished such a feat, and it is one of only 29 movies to have been able to do so, according to box office tracker Rentrak. “Furious 7” earned $320 million in the United States, $18.3 million more than the Jennifer Lawrence starrer.
Moreover, the most recent installment in the Fast and Furious series surpassed the record for the highest grossing film in China. According to Variety, it made $323 million in box office collections, going ahead of “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” which had collected $319 million.
Although the unfortunate death of Walker in 2013 had caused Universal to delay the production – the movie was originally slated to release on July 11, 2014 – the work was completed using digital special effects and stunt doubles.
Diesel announced last week at the CinemaCon that there will also be an eighth installment to the series. The untitled chapter will release on April 14, 2017, Diesel said.
Thanking the crowd of theater owners gathered at the event, Diesel said, “You’ve been so loyal all along.
“You helped us create history here.”
However, according to Time, the spectacular run of “Furious 7” is predicted to slow down drastically when “Avengers: Age of Ultron” releases on May 1. The highly anticipated second installment of Marvel’s Avengers – which brings back the team of superheroes, including Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/The Hulk, among others – is expected to collect in excess of $200 million in its opening weekend.
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