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Universals ‘Furious 7’ Heading Billion Dollar Box Office

Posted by: : Paul EbelingPosted on: April 12, 2015 Universals 'Furious 7' Heading Billion Dollar Box Office

Universals ‘Furious 7’ Heading Billion Dollar Box Office


In its 2nd frame Universal’s Furious 7 hit $800.5-M at the worldwide box office, already passing the entire global run for Fast and Furious 6.

The auto-action film took in another $195-M overseas from 66 markets for a foreign take of $548-M. Domestically, Furious 7 earned 60-M to end the weekend with a 10-day total of $252.2-M, eclipsing the $239-M earned by Fast and Furious 6 in its entire run.

Internationally, it will pull ahead of Furious 6‘s $550-M Monday.

The movie is # 1 everywhere and debuted in China Sunday to a massive $68.6-M the biggest 1-day gross in history for the world’s 2nd-largest movie going market and raising the possibility that the film could ultimately beat the record-breaking $301% earned by Transformers: Age of Extinction in Summer 2014.

Furious 7 is getting the widest release of all time in China, with Sunday marking the biggest day ever in terms of attendance.

The film also made the record marks in Russia, getting the widest release ever and grossing $15-M for the biggest 4-day opening ever there.

In Y 2013, Fast 6 topped out with a franchise-best $789-M.

Thanks to Furious 7, the series has now earned North of $3-B globally for Universal Studios, a unit of Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA). And at this rate, Furious 7 could end up with as much as $1.3 to 1.4-B in global ticket sales.

Among holdover markets for Furious 7, Mexico leads with $39.7-M, followed by $39.1-M in the US, $28.3-M in Germany, $23.5-M in Brazil, $23.1-M in Australia, $20.8-M in India, $20.7-M in France, $18.8-M in Taiwan, $16.3-M in Argentina, $16.2-M in Italy and $16.1-M in South Korea.

The 7th installment is already Universal’s highest-grossing film of all time in 14 territories, including Argentina and India.

This time out, the story  pits Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto and crew against Jason Statham’s Deckard Shaw, out for revenge after the death of his brother. Dwayne Johnson also reprises his role as Hobbs.

After actor Paul Walker’s death, director James Wan, writer Chris Morgan and Universal pored over existing footage and tweaked the script, with production resuming in April 2014.

To complete the film, CGI and voice effects were used in some scenes featuring Mr. Walker’s detective character, BrianO’Conner, with Mr. Walker’s brothers, Caleb and Cody, used as stand-ins.

Furious 7 continued to make history on several fronts, it crossed $200-M in 8 days, faster than any title in Universal’s history.

And, surprising even the most seasoned box office veterans, Furious 7 declined just 59% from its record-breaking $147.2-M debut. Most expected it to fall in line with Furious 6, which saw a 64% fall.

Furious 7 is making life tough for anything in its way, since it is playing evenly between males and females of all ages.

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Paul Ebeling

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Paul Ebeling is best known for his work as writer and publisher of “The Red Roadmaster’s Technical Report” on the US Major Market Indices™, a highly-regarded, weekly financial market letter, where he enjoys an international audience among opinion makers, business leaders, and respected organizations. Something of a pioneer in online stock market and commodities discussion and analysis, Ebeling has been online since 1994. He has studied and worked in the global financial and stock markets since 1984.

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  • Ttty

    Terrible films; In line with transformers.

    • Paul Ebeling

      I like Indie film, not a favorite of the studio tentpole’s. Have a happy day, Paul

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