Universal Pictures today announced that with Friday’s theatrical grosses, Furious 7 will cross $1 billion at the worldwide box office. Continuing to break records at every turn, Furious 7 marks Universal’s first film to achieve $1 billion during its initial release, with 1993’s Jurassic Park having reached $1.044 billion after the 3D re-release in 2013. With total global grosses estimated at $1.009 billion through today, Furious 7 has earned an estimated $735.2 million overseas in 17 days and an estimated $273.7 million in North America after 15 days.
Furious 7’s 17 day climb to $1 billion marks a new record for the fastest film to reach that milestone (The Avengers, Avatar and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 crossed $1 billion in 19 days). The only original live-action film franchise to achieve this magnitude of box office success, Furious 7 has propelled the “Fast & Furious” series past $3 billion worldwide ($3.392 billion). The announcement was made by President, Domestic Distribution, Nick Carpou and President, International Distribution, Duncan Clark.
“We’re incredibly proud to watch Fast & Furious take its place as the only original live-action franchise to reach these kinds of results at the box office,” said Carpou. “Our cast, filmmakers and all of our Universal and Fast family deserve credit for working so hard to make Furious 7 a huge success and we look forward to continuing to watch the film grow over the next few weeks.”
“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,” said Clark. “We’re thrilled to celebrate this accomplishment with our colleagues and distribution partners throughout the world, who have made these extraordinary results possible.”
Furious 7 has been the No. 1 film at the worldwide box office for two consecutive weeks and opened No. 1 in all 67 markets where it was released including North America.
Other Furious 7 records include:
· Second-biggest worldwide opening of all time ($397.2 million) behind only Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.