The seventh installment of the Fast and Furious franchise has garnered a great deal of critical and commercial acclaim, and today, the “commercial” side of that equation has reached a whole new level.
According to Variety, Furious 7 will become the first film in the series — as well as the first film in Universal Pictures’ history — to cross the mark of $1 billion earned at the worldwide box office by the end of the day. After having earned over $735 million overseas in 17 days, and over $273 million domestically in fifteen days, the film has become the fastest ever to reach the $1 billion threshold, outperforming the previous record holders — 2012’s The Avengers, 2011’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, and 2009’s Avatar — which reached the magic number in 19 days.
Only 20 films have ever earned $1 billion or more at the box office, including the aforementioned three films, as well as other recent hits like last year’s Transformers: Age of Extinction, 2013’s Iron Man 3, and 1997’s Titanic. Both Avatar and Titanic have grossed over $2 billion at the box office.
Additionally, Furious 7 has also become the second highest opening international release ever, just behind Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. As far as Universal releases are concerned, 26 territories across the world are now topped by Furious 7, which is no small feat. Nick Carpou, Universal’s head of domestic distribution, had this to say in regards to the film’s record-breaking grosses.
We’re incredibly proud to watch ‘Fast & Furious’ take its place as the only original live-action franchise to reach these kinds of results at the box office. Our cast, filmmakers and all of our Universal and ‘Fast’ family deserve credit for working so hard to make ‘Furious 7′ a huge success, and we look forward to continuing to watch the film grow over the next few weeks.
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