Box Office: ‘Furious 7’ Delivers Record-Shattering $384 Million Global Debut
The Fast & Furious franchise has officially become one of the all-time great franchises in motion picture history…well, at least when it comes to box office clout.
Furious 7 delivered a record-shattering Easter weekend at the box office, earning $143.6 million in North America and $240.0 million internationally for a combined, worldwide launch of $384 million.
Costing $190 million to make, the movie needed to perform at or above 2013’s Fast 6, but Furious 7 exceeded even the most optimistic expectations. Hell, one movie theater in Queens, NY, had to remain open for 24/7 throughout the weekend to meet demand for the frequently sold out blockbuster.
With this incredible debut, Furious 7 is now the highest-grossing opening in history for the month of April, easily toppling last spring’s recorder-holder, Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier (which earned $95 million on this same weekend last year). In addition, not only is Furious 7 the highest-grossing domestic launch since The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, it is also now the fourth-highest opening of all-time. It’s fourth only behind Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2 ($483.2 million), Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince ($394.4 million) and The Avengers ($392.5 million).
And that’s not all, as Furious 7 has become the No. 3 international opening in history, coming in at No. 1 in every single territory in which it opened. In North America, the movie raked in $67.3 million, which is the 10th-best one-day showing ever. Lastly, Furious 7 surpassed all April IMAX records, with $14 million in North America and $8 million internationally.
Nothing even came close to touching Furious 7 this weekend. The next closest competitor earned over $100 million less, as Dreamworks Animation’s Home came in at No. 2 with $27.4 million in its second weekend, bringing its North American gross to a solid $95.6 million. Meanwhile, Get Hard plummeted in its second weekend, falling 62 percent. The Kevin Hart/Will Ferrell comedy earned only $12.9 million to bring its domestic total to $57 million, taking the No. 3. Close behind were Top 5 mainstays Cinderella and The Divergent Series: Insurgent. However, this week, they switched places, as Cinderella just narrowly finished ahead of Insurgent, $10.2 million to $10 million.
Meanwhile, the lone horror film of the lineup isn’t going away quietly: Although it fell out of the Top 5 from its impressive debut last weekend, low-budget horror film It Follows continued to hold strong, coming in at No. 6 with $2.5 million. The movie, which cost just $2 million to make, has now earned $8.5 million over two weekends. This is arguably thanks to Radius-TWC and Dimension Films deciding to expand the film even further in its second weekend. It’s a gamble that looks like it’s paying off. Also paying off is The Weinstein Company’s counter-programming strategy, as they offered adult viewers looking to avoid the Furious 7 riots a well-appointed drama picture worth checking out: starring Ryan Reynolds, Helen Mirren and Katie Holmes, The Woman In Gold debuted with $2 million. The movie centers on Holocaust survivor Maria Altmann, who fought the Austrian government with the help of an ambitious young lawyer. Her goal? To reclaim Gustav Klimt’s legendary painting of her aunt, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, which was confiscated by Nazis just before World War II. The movie boasts an outstanding cast, including Daniel Bruhl, Charles Dance, Elizabeth McGovern, Tatiana Maslany, Max Irons and Jonathan Pryce, and it’s all based on a true story, adding an extra layer of poignancy to what’s already sounds like a pretty riveting story.
But how did the rest of the Top 10 do at the box office this weekend? Check out the full Top 10 below:
TOP 10 AT THE WEEKEND BOX OFFICE – 04/06/2015:
1. Furious 7 ($143.6 million)
2. Home ($27.4 million)
3. Get Hard ($12.9 million)
4. Cinderella ($10.2 million)
5. The Divergent Series: Insurgent ($10 million)
6. It Follows ($2.4 million)
7. The Woman in Gold ($2 million)
8. Kingsman: The Secret Service ($1.7 million)
9. Do You Believe? ($1.5 million)
10. The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel ($1 million)