, in addition to bidding a fond and fitting farewell to the late Paul Walker, is absolutely printing money at the box office this weekend.
Thursday-night showings netted , on the way to a massive . That, incidentally, is during its entire domestic theatrical release.
The prevailing wisdom now is that Furious 7 will close the opening weekend with $150 million in ticket sales—if not more. Friday's take was 10th biggest opening day ever, and puts Furious on pace to smash the April opening-weekend record s.
Barring some unforeseen disaster, Furious 7 should cruise past Fast & Furious 6's box-office totals by the time it leaves multiplexes. The last installment did $238 million domestic and $550 million internationally, for a total combined box office of $788 million.
Look for this one to better its predecessor's numbers in every way. $1 billion in combined domestic/international box-office receipts seems probable.
We'll know the final tally for Furious 7's bonanza opening weekend Sunday night. In the meantime, if you haven't already, you should go see it. After all, you can DVR Mad Men tonight...