Already setting the box office on fire with a strong Thursday night take, Universal’s Furious 7 is on track for a massive weekend at the box office.
According to analysts at Variety, they’ve revised their prediction for the sequel to a full take of right near $150 million. Previous estimated had placed the film in the $115 million range, but a strong showing Friday night with about $67 million has forced a revision in an upward direction, first to $140 million, then to $149.5 million. West coast matinees and early evening screenings on Friday were the major signs that the film would likely take in more than the analysts had originally anticipated, and will easily exceed the $97 million opening figure of 2013’s Fast & Furious 6.
If the film takes in at least $138 million — which is nearly assured — then it will tie for 11th place in the highest domestic openings of all time with The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1. It will also easily best the year’s top opener thus far — Fifty Shades of Grey — very easily. Perhaps in anticipation of the major interest surrounding Furious 7, no other studio is launching any major theatrical release to compete with it. This weekend’s other players at the box office include returning films like Disney’s Cinderella, Warner Bros.’ Get Hard, and Lionsgate’s The Divergent Series: Insurgent.
For the final box office tally for the Easter weekend, be sure to check back in with GeekNation tomorrow night for a full breakdown. Until then, enjoy your weekend at the movies!
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