The latest movie in the “Fast and the Furious” franchise is set to make massive earnings of $115 million at the box office when it opens in North American theaters this weekend.
According to CNN, “Furious 7” will release in 4,003 theaters and IMAX locations nationally, beating the record set by “Despicable Me 2,” which was released in 3,956 theaters.
The movie is also expected to do immensely well overseas. Releasing on 10,500 screens across 63 territories, “Furious 7” is speculated to generate more than $250 million.
“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” holds the title for the best April opening across the country until now, after it grossed $95 million from 3,928 theaters in 2014.
“Furious 7” is well set to become the highest opening grosser of 2015.
The “Fast and the Furious” series has become tremendously popular over the years. According to Forbes, “Fast 5” generated $626 million on April 2011, followed by “Fast & Furious 6,” which opened to $97 million on May 2013 and eventually ended up with a total of $788 million. Dwayne Johnson’s addition to the franchise also contributed to the franchise’s enormous success.
In an interview with Variety, Vin Diesel said, “Universal is going to have the biggest movie in history with this movie.
“It will probably win best picture at the Oscars, unless the Oscars don’t want to be relevant ever.”
If Diesel’s speculation does come true, it will be highly unusual, considering the Academy has rarely considered franchise offerings– including “Harry Potter,” “Dark Knight” and the previous “Fast and Furious” movies – for the best picture category.
“Furious 7” was set to release on July 11, 2014. However, Paul Walker’s death in a car crash on November 2013 pushed production a few months ahead. Shooting resumed April 2014.
In “Furious 7,” Dominic Toretto (Diesel) and his crew find themselves against Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham), who is out to seek revenge for his brother’s death.
The movie will be followed by Disney and Marvel’s “The Avengers: Age of Ultron,” scheduled to release on May 1. “Ultron” has been predicted to secure the highest gross of all time, even going past its predecessor, which opened to $207 million.
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