UPDATED: ‘Furious 7’ Powers Through April Box Office Records

By April 5, 2015

UPDATED 4/6 1pm PST: Furious 7 has revised box office numbers, and they’re higher.

According to Variety‘s revised report, stateside numbers for Furious 7 were revised upward to $146.5 million due to a stronger box office performance on the Easter holiday itself. International numbers had to be revised upwards as well, taking in $245 million, an additional $5 million from its initial estimate of $240 million. That makes it the fourth biggest international opening in history, behind two entries in WB’s Harry Potter film series and Marvel’s first Avengers film. Sunday estimates are rarely set in stone, but it’s certainly an unusual occurrence for a film to outdo the usually optimistic estimates of the studio.

Original Story: Furious 7, as initially expected, has become the biggest-ever box office earner in the United States for the month of April, and for the Easter weekend.

According to box office analysts at Variety, the end of the weekend is expected to bring in a figure of right around $143.6 million. This demolishes the previous April record established by last year’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which took in $95 million on the Easter weekend in 2014. Beyond that, the film has easily become the biggest opener in this entire film franchise thus far, and also now currently sits at number nine on the list of the ten biggest domestic openings of all time, sandwiched between number 8 — the $151 million opening of Spider-Man 3 in 2007 — and number 10 — the $142.8 million opening of The Twilight Saga: New Moon in 2009.

Although it was an expensive film to make with a $190 million budget, the film has become immediately profitable when taking the international take into account. Taking in a staggering additional $240 million in overseas markets, the film’s full worldwide debut stands at $384 million, with the widest-ever release for Universal Pictures obviously seeing a pretty massive payoff.

This is even more impressive considering that the film has yet to debut in major international markets including Russia, Japan, and China. While a lot of interest in the film is likely generated by its status as the late Paul Walker’s final film, Furious 7 also has a generally positive critical reception in its corner, with a very solid 83% critic rating and 90% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes. On top of that, it earned an ‘A’ grade on CinemaScore, showing audience satisfaction.

It’ll be interesting to see if Furious 7 can keep the momentum going in the weeks to come as it opens in more markets, but it should definitely stand as the box office champion at least until the release of Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1st. For more on Furious 7 as it develops, keep an eye on GeekNation!

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