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‘Furious 7’: Rounding Up the Records Vin Diesel and Company Shattered

Furious 7” torched the global box office this weekend, pulling in $384 million and tearing up the record book in the process.

The “Fast and Furious” franchise is a rare series that continues to build momentum more than a decade after the first film debuted. It continues to add new members, such as Jason Statham and Kurt Russell, to the ensemble cast and ups the ante around its action set pieces (you will believe a Lykan HyperSort can fly).

The movie also drew curiosity about the way the series would handle the death of one of its stars, Paul Walker, in a 2013 car crash while filming was ongoing.

The mixture of offscreen tragedy and onscreen pyrotechnics created a perfect storm, putting “Furious 7” on track to be one of the year’s highest-grossing releases and enabling the series about fast cars and the criminals who drive them to reach a new pinnacle.

Here’s a look at some of the records that Dom Toretto and company just sped past:

  • Biggest domestic April debut of all time with $143.6 million (previous record-holder was “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” with $95 million).
  • Fourth largest global opening in history with $384 million (behind “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows'” $483.2 million, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’s” $394.4 million and “The Avengers’” $392.5 million debuts).
  • Universal’s biggest-ever opening.
  • Biggest debut in franchise history (previous record-holder was “Fast & Furious 6” with $97.4 million).
  • Biggest Easter opening in history (previous record-holder was “Clash of the Titans” with $61.2 million).
  • Biggest opening for every castmember and director James Wan.
  • Biggest April Imax opening with $22 million globally (previous record-holder was “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” with $15.4 million).
  • Premium large format record with $11.5 million (previous record-holder was “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1” with $9.8 million).

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