“Furious 7” took the box office by storm this weekend, earning a better than expected $143.6 million. The movie also opened to an incredible $240 million overseas; and the film has yet to open in China, Japan and Russia.
For a 14-year-old franchise, the Fast & Furious gang seem to be doing just fine.
Domestically, Furious 7’s $143.6 million debut is a new April record and 51 percent higher than previous April champion, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” which opened to $95 million last year. This is also the biggest debut in the Fast & Furious franchise so far, up 47 percent over “Fast & Furious 6.”
The movie’s audience was split evenly between men (51 percent) and women, and skewed a bit older (56 percent over the age of 25). According to Universal’s exit polls, Hispanic moviegoers made up 37 percent of the audience this weekend.
From here on in, there’s a goof chance that “Furious 7” will fall off quickly domestically. But with an “A” CinemaScore, strong reviews and zero competition until Age of Ultron hits theatres in three weeks, “Furious 7” will be printing money for some time.
Your top five Easter eggs this weekend:
1. Furious 7 — $143.6 million
2. Home — $27.4 million
3. Get Hard — $12.9 million
4. Cinderella — $10.3 million
5. Insurgent — $10 million