Just 17 days after its premiere, Furious 7, the latest installment of the Fast & Furious movie franchise, has earned $1 billion at the worldwide box office.
It’s a new record for the fastest climb to a major milestone. The Avengers, Avatar and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows passed $1 billion in 19 days. Also, this movie is the first Universal project to make it to the $1 billion mark in its original run, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Furious 7 becomes the 20th movie to reach the billion dollar mark, and it could be well on its way to topping the list. However, it has a long way to go as Avatar is currently ruling with $2,787,965,087.
[quote text_size=”small” author=”– Duncan Clark” author_title=”President, Distribution, of Universal Pictures International”]
What started as a small film about the street racing sub-culture of East Los Angeles has become a global phenomenon with Furious 7 shattering records in so many territories around the globe. We’re thrilled to celebrate this accomplishment with our colleagues and distribution partners throughout the world, who have made these extraordinary results possible.
According to The Daily Mirror, the success of the current film can be partly ascribed to the fact that it serves as a memorial for the late Paul Walker, but it seems likely that there’ll be an appetite for an eighth without the tragic lead actor.
Celebrity fan Ludacris posted a photo-shopped Furious 8 logo on his Facebook page with the caption “Yes or no?”, and the post had half a million likes in just eleven hours. Everything is possible as studio executives are most likely to continue milking the cash cow as long as it gives profits.
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