It shouldn’t be much of a surprise that this weekend’s expected box office champion is Furious 7, the latest installment in the Fast & Furious film series, and the final film appearance of the late Paul Walker. Still, people likely didn’t expect it to get as solid a start as it seemed to last night.
According to box office analysts at Variety, Furious 7 took in $15.8 million from late Thursday night screenings, which is more than double the late night opening figure for Fast and Furious 6 in 2013. Part of the increase may be due to the evening shows starting earlier, since Furious 7 started screenings at 7pm local time on Thursday evening, while in 2013 the early showing for Fast and Furious 6 didn’t begin until 10pm. Still, the lion’s share of the credit likely goes to higher interest in this film, and it’s expected to easily best the current opening record for an April film.
Last year, that record was set by Marvel Studios’ Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which took in around $10 million for its early shows and walked away from the weekend with a $95 million debut. Furious 7 is expected to take in around $115 million this weekend when all is said and done, easily besting the Star-Spangled Avenger’s second solo film.
If these current estimates hold, then Furious 7 will be the first film since the release of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 to take in at least $100 million in its opening weekend. After taking in foreign box office, then Furious 7 could have a worldwide gross figure of nearly $365 million by the end of this weekend alone. Pretty impressive numbers for a film series now in its seventh installment.
For more on the weekend box office, including estimates from other films and the final weekend tallies, be sure to check back at GeekNation this weekend!
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