Furious 7 opened with nearly $140 million in the US and North America after its premier Thursday and it could double this weekend.
It opened April 3 in North America in 4,004 theaters and 365 IMAX theaters making it Universal’s largest opening release ever.
Furious 7 is now ranked at 29th movie which opened at $100 million-plus on opening weekend.
It could tie up with “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1” on $138 million ticket sales on opening week, and could exceed “Fast and the Furious 6” which grossed $97 million after the US release. “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” currently holds the April record which opened with $95 million last year during the same week.
Actors Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Vin Diesel and movie producer Neal Moritz remembered the late Paul Walker during the premier at the TCL Chinese Theater IMAX. Vin Diesel was deeply moved and told the audience to love their friends and family “because you just don’t know if it’s the last time you’re going to see them.”
Furthermore, he added to honor the memory of his late co-star, “The studio was saying, ‘We feel your soul, and we’ll do whatever we have to do to honor your brother.”
Paul Walker died in a car crash in November 2013 and was not able to finish the film. He was replaced by his brothers Caleb and Cody as a ‘body doubles’ and digitally re-animated Paul’s face over him. This genius work was done by the same company that made Gollum.
The movie was shot in Abu Dhabi, Dominican Republic, Los Angeles, London, Tokyo and Russia. Other actors joining the cast are Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludaris” Bridges, Jason Statham, Djimon Hounsou, Elsa Pataky, Lucas Black, Tony Laa, Ronda Rousey and Kurt Russel.
Furious 7 was written by Chris Morgan and directed by James Wan. The movie takes place after the Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift.
Rotten Tomatoes gave Fast and the Furious 7 a fresh 81% rating.