TORONTO – The seventh installment to the “Fast and Furious” franchise, “Furious 7,” beat all analyst expectations opening weekend.
Over the Easter holiday, the film starring Vin Diesel, The Rock, and Paul Walker in his final performance, debuted to an estimated $143.6 million domestically.
The latest “Fast and Furious” installment played in 4,004 North American theaters for a per-theater average of $35,870. On IMAX, the film grossed $14 million on 365 screens in the U.S. and Canada for a very strong per-screen average of $38,000.
The hotly anticipated action flick shattered previous records for the entire month of April, as well as those of its distributor Universal.
According to estimates, Furious 7 brought in some $67 million on its opening day, going on to reach a stateside total of $143.62 million for the weekend. The latest Fast & Furious movie dominated abroad as well, brining in an additional $240.4 million to reach a worldwide opening weekend gross of $384.02 million.
The impressive haul gave Furious 7 the title of ninth-biggest U.S. opening and fourth-biggest worldwide opening weekend. Internationally
James Wan directs this chapter of the hugely successful series that also welcomes back favorites Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Elsa Pataky and Lucas Black. They are joined by international action stars new to the franchise including Jason Statham, Djimon Hounsou, Tony Jaa, Ronda Rousey and Kurt Russell
Furious 7 is currently sitting at 82% on Rotten Tomatoes
Here are what the critics are saying:
Lairt.Org – The film ends on a sentimental note with a tear-jerking tribute to the late Paul Walker. The audience applauded at the end. I did too. Many of us sat through the credits hoping to see a Fast 8 teaser. There isn’t one. None of us want this series to end.
Clclt.com – For now, let’s just marvel at how much mileage the studio has gotten out of what are basically 1950s-style “B” programmers supercharged for contemporary audiences.
Eclipse Magazine – I’m not ashamed to say (ok, maybe a little) that I cried like a baby at the end – but I didn’t ugly cry. A perfect ending to this 7 film ride and they should just stop now and leave on a high note.
Richard Roeper – “Furious 7” could have come across as ghoulish, but it’s not until the very end that we’re reminded of Walker’s fate, and the filmmakers handle it with taste and respect.
Grant Land – Who would have thought that a series addicted to the high of movement could also summon a solemnity that leaves you moved?