The summer movie season is off to a roaring start and Hollywood can thank Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Ludacris, and the rest of the Furious 7 posse for it.
The latest (and far from final) chapter in the Fast & Furious saga , which destroys the previous record of $94 million set by Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and lands Furious 7 REVIEW ninth on the list of best opening weekends ever.
Franchise doubters take note—every film in front of it is either a superhero story or belongs to the Harry Potter or Hunger Games series. Fast & Furious is now in genuinely heady company.
And what's even more amazing is that the international box office was even bigger: $240 million. As it stands, the film's global total is already $384 million, a number that will only become more gigantic, because as BoxOfficeMojo.com points out, it has not yet opened in burgeoning mega-markets China and Russia, as well as Japan.
The writing was on the wall early as the film took in $67 million domestic on Friday alone. Credit a dedicated fan base, credit a desire to see Paul Walker's final onscreen performance, credit whatever you want—the Furious franchise has gotten really fun over the last several years, and 7 delivers on all the expectations while treating Walker's departure with immense respect.
, so look for it to clean up again next weekend and take advantage of its early opening slot. The next big event film is Avengers: Age of Ultron (which just might pull the biggest opening weekend of all time), and that doesn't arrive until May 1.
Dom Toretto and his pals have plenty of time to chase $1 billion worldwide, and they won't need to steal a single cent of it in some elaborate vehicular heist. Fans are lined up, cash in hand.