Furious 7 Breaks Overseas Record With 2-Day Total Of $60M
Universal’s Furious 7 continues to smash records overseas, earning another $43 million on Thursday from 33 new markets for an early two-day total of $60 million.
Furious 7 — the final movie featuring the late Paul Walker — is pacing ahead of any previous title in the franchise in each of the 45 territories where it launched Wednesday and Thursday, including blockbuster Fast & Furious 6. And sometime on Friday, it will pass up the entire lifetime foreign gross of the first installment, The Fast and the Furious ($62.9 million).
In 15 markets, including Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Trinidad, India, Indonesia, Israel and the Middle East, the movie scored the top opening day of all time, while in 25 countries it delivered the biggest first day for a Universal film.
Furious 7 is getting the widest release in Universal’s history and could approach $300 million in its worldwide debut. Internationally, it has booked more than 10,500 screens in 63 territories, although it won’t open in China, Japan and Russia until later.
In North America, it opened to a rousing $15.8 million Thursday night from 3,069 locations before expanding into a total of 4,003 theaters on Friday. Based on early returns, Furious 7 could open to $120 million-plus in North America alone.
The movie enjoys massive awareness and interest, due to both the popularity of the street-racing series and Walker’s death. The last film, Fast & Furious 6, debuted to a franchise-best $117 million over the four-day Memorial Day weekend in 2012, including $97.4 million for the three days, on its way to grossing $788.7 million worldwide.
Furious 7 pits Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto and crew (which includes Michelle Rodriguez and Tyrese Gibson, among others, as well as Walker) against Jason Statham’s Deckard Shaw, out for revenge after the death of his brother. Dwayne Johnson also reprises his role as Hobbs.