Box Office: ‘Furious 7’ Launches with $16.9 Million Overseas

Universal’s “Furious 7” jumped out with $16.9 million in 34 markets on Wednesday — signaling a massive first weekend.

The film, starring Dwayne Johnson, Vin Diesel and the late Paul Walker, is running 60% ahead of predecessor “Fast and Furious 6” in 12 markets.

Universal said the film took in $10.2 million in 2,183 theaters in 12 international territories on its opening day and also grossed $6.7 million from previews in 22 additional markets. It was first in every territory and scored the highest opening day for the franchise internationally.

Germany led the way with $2.6 million, nearly double the $1.4 million for “Fast 6.” France scored $2.5 million, up from $1.9 million; Thailand took in $1.3 million, compared with $816,000; and South Korea scored $972,000, up 50%.

Bolivia, Indonesia, Peru, Thailand and Trinidad posted opening-day records on Wednesday, and the movie set the record for the biggest all-time Wednesday opening in Austria, Egypt and Trinidad.

Furious 7” opens in 33 more markets Thursday and be in 63 markets by the weekend. Its opening weekend in the U.S. is expected to set an April record at $115 million.

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