‘Furious 7’ Racing to Huge $140 Million Opening Weekend

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Universal’s “Furious 7″ is speeding toward a record-setting opening weekend of nearly $140 million at 4,004 U.S. locations, according to revised Friday estimates.

“Furious 7” blasted off with $58 million to $60 million on Friday — including $15.8 million in 3,069 Thursday-night showings that started at 7 p.m. in the U.S.

Recent estimates had placed the Friday-Sunday number at $115 million, which were revised upward early Friday to as much as $125 million. But Friday’s afternoon numbers — based on West Coast matinees and East Coast early evening screenings — indicated that the Easter weekend would finish between $135 million and $138 million.

The film, starring Dwayne Johnson, Vin Diesel and the late Paul Walker, will easily set a record for an April opening weekend should the estimates hold. The current April record holder, Marvel-Disney’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” opened with $95 million on the same weekend last year.

All signals now suggest that the “Furious 7” opening will easily exceed that of “Fast and Furious 6,″ which grossed $97 million in its domestic debut weekend two years ago on its way to $238 million. It will also become the 29th movie with a $100 million-plus opening weekend in the U.S. and the first to do so since “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1″ opened in November with $122 million.

At $138 million, “Furious 7” would tie “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1” as the 11th highest domestic opener of all time. And it will exceed what had been the top opening of 2015 — the $85 million three-day launch of Universal’s “Fifty Shades of Grey” — by over 60%.

“Furious 7″ opened internationally with $60 million in its first two days on Wednesday and Thursday and will expand to 10,500 sites. It should take as much as $250 million from foreign moviegoers by the end of the Easter weekend.

The movie — replete with its trademark spectacular automotive stunts — is set in Los Angeles, London, Tokyo, Russia, Abu Dhabi and the Dominican Republic. Michelle Rodriguez, Jordanna Brewster, Tyrese Gibson and Chris “Ludacris” Bridges reprise their roles.

Critical reception for “Furious 7” has been strong, with an 82% “fresh” rating on the Rotten Tomatoes aggregator site.

The durable franchise, which launched in 2001, generated more than $2.4 billion in worldwide box office from the first six movies. “Fast and Furious 6” has been the best performer, with $238 million in domestic grosses and $550 million internationally.

Rival studios held off on launching another major release this weekend. DreamWorks’ second weekend of animated comedy “Home,” released by Fox, should lead the rest of the pack at roughly $30 million to lift its 10-day U.S. total to the $100 million vicinity.

Warner Bros.’ second session of Will Ferrell-Kevin Hart comedy “Get Hard” will likely see much of its core male audience opt for “Furious 7.″ The R-rated prison comedy has been forecast to decline 50% from its opening weekend numbers to finish around $17 million.

Disney’s fourth frame of “Cinderella” and the third weekend of Lionsgate’s “The Divergent Series: Insurgent” should each pull in around $10 million.

With “American Sniper” and “Fifty Shades” overperforming and “Furious 7” delivering at the high end of expectations, 2015 is shaping up as a considerable improvement over 2014. First-quarter U.S. box office rose 3% to $2.47 billion, and Disney-Marvel’s “Avengers: The Age of Ultron” is the next blockbuster set to launch, on May 1.

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  1. Airu Staliogne says:

    I’ve already watched the premiere of the Avengers 2… I must say that Fast and Furious 7 is way better than the Age of Ultron movie. I can watch Fast 7 over and over again without getting tired of it.

  2. nayan tandel says:

    go diesel @poul
    we love u lot
    miss u the great poul

  3. sajin says:

    it is not a movie. It is a feelings

  4. johnidaho1 says:

    I’ve have never seen any more obvious harbinger of the immanent collapse of American society than the insulting $200 million cesspool of extravagance and avarice called Fast and Furious 7. Except maybe the delusional reviews. Together they truly make me fear for what our world has become in every way possible.

  5. JoeTheFilmmaker says:

    America, what’s wrong with you?

  6. iambicpentamaster says:

    If you value quality dialogue and acting skills, skip this one.

  7. Ramses II says:

    There’s been 6 before this one! And I missed them all!

  8. Ed Mang says:

    I’m waiting for fast and Furious 48 to come out!!

  9. Airu Staliogne says:

    I watched Fast and Furious 7 here in the Philippines. Lots of people showed up on the first day even if it’s Black Saturday. I loved it. Paul Walker will surely be missed. : )

  10. What a cruel joke.
    When they make “‘Furious 32” there won’t be ant gas left…

  11. Peggy Allen says:

    I guess Hollywood can’t claim that movies starring black people don’t make money overseas anymore. Oh who am I kidding? They never let fact stand in the way of their racism. Congrats Vin Diesel and his cast!

  12. tony says:

    It’s “racing to” that amount.

    OMG. ROFL.

    But if you didn’t know, the movie is about racing. So this is a clever play on words, that hatdcore fans will totally understand.

    Great job!

  13. Macd says:

    God help us all! This is absolutely shocking! People should be going to church on Easter Sunday! NOT!

    • Nancy S. says:

      Ohhhhh gooooshhh
      Shut up, dont you know you are giving into it worse when you huy CORPORATE AMERICAS easter eggs and candies and baskets ? N dont you know you shouldnt be FORCING ppl to go to church ?? Let ppl go when they FEEL it in them to go.. n by the way so you DO kmow, not everyone who goes to church is perfect, just cus you go DOESNT make you better than anyone else, I go when *I* feel it in my spirit to go, no JUST on holidays like you..
      “Thou shalt not judge” .. if you really want to be religious about it …… let people be. As long as they know where they stand with the LORD like I do, thats all that matters.

  14. Ron Derouen says:

    Saw it this week in ChoLon, Vietnam and I really enjoyed it. I am not one that likes today’s movies but this one rocks.

  15. Ashik khan says:

    when come it Bangladesh? we can wanted to see it.

  16. mla28ny says:

    People who hate this hate it because it’s strong black males kicking ass. And the WORLD loves it.

    • JoeTheFilmmaker says:

      People who hate this? So we have to like this movie or we’re racist? Do you realize how dumb you are? You are not on the WH lawn here dude. You can’t just flop your ears and call out racism, and then make it materialize from thin air.

      Strong Black males kicking ass? Look at your black President. He’s a joke.

    • Spider says:

      Race has NOTHING to do with the bitching. Haters will hate! Wait ’til next month when “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is released. Haters will come out the woodwork to knock Marvel. Though, they will be outnumbered.

    • jake says:

      They dont? That’s an impossible to prove theory besides being race baiting. Like it, don’t like it, its all subjective and only a movie.

  17. Carmona says:

    Disgraceful! It’s painful to see how moviegoers waste so much money on this kind of trash.

  18. Al Bee says:

    It is tragic that these films will encourage even more kids to kill themselves and so many other innocent travelers on the road.

  19. fatalreview says:

    and they say you can’t make a buck off the dead these days

  20. Doug says:

    Cant wait until Fast and Furious #37.

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