B.O. Roundup, April 3-5: 'Furious 7' Speeds Past Records with $143.6 MIllion

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B.O. Roundup, April 3-5: 'Furious 7' Speeds Past Records with $143.6 MIllion

The Fast & Furious franchise hit the box office NOS button this weekend, speeding to all-time highs for the fourteen-year-old franchise.

Furious 7 broke plenty of records for the series and beyond, opening in 4,004 North American theaters and earning an estimated $143.6 million in the process.

That massive figure represents the biggest opening weekend in the franchise's history, easily surpassing the $97.3 million debut of Furious 6 back in May 2013.  $143.6 million is actually more than the 2001 original or either of the first two sequels, 2 Fast 2 Furious or The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, made in their entire domestic runs.

Furious 7 isn't just the biggest debut for Dom and company, it's also now the record holder for an April opening, quickly surpassing last year's Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($95.0 million).  And it took the record for the Easter Holiday weekend, more than doubling the debut of Clash of the Titans ($61.2 million) back in 2010.  It's also the biggest debut in the history of Universal Pictures.

Furious 7 is now on the top-ten all-time domestic openers, ranking ninth behind The Avengers, Iron Man Three, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, both Dark Knight pictures, the first two Hunger Games, and Spider-Man 3.

For a modest franchise that seemed to be on its last legs less than a decade ago, the performance of Furious 7 is nothing short of a marvel.  It also isn't entirely unexpected.  Between Fast 5 and Furious 6, the series had plenty of momentum and Universal hoped to capitalize by having Furious 7 in theaters last summer, a plan that changed when star Paul Walker tragically died in 2013, halfway through production.  Fans eager to see Walker's final performance turned out in droves, and while Universal's "One Last Ride" tagline accurately referred to the last hurrah for the original Fast Family, rest assured that Fast & Furious 8 is inevitable.

The seventh installment in the evergreen franchise also opened huge abroad, collecting an estimated $240 million before even opening in Japan, Russia, or China, the biggest emerging movie market in the world.

With Furious 7 poised to get an early start on the summer movie season, the weekend was free from major new competitors for the automotive actioner.  The only other new release was Woman in Gold, an indie from The Weinstein Company starring Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, and Tatiana Maslany.  Playing in just 258 theaters in the U.S. and Canada, Woman in Gold earned an estimated $2.0 million.  That's nothing to sneeze at, but it almost certainly would have been higher had the film garnered better reviews (Furious 7 actually received a better critical reception).

Check out the top ten right here:

1. Furious 7................................................................................$143.6 million...............New Release

2. Home......................................................................................$27.4 million.................$95.6 million

3. Get Hard.................................................................................$12.9 million.................$57.0 million

4. Cinderella...............................................................................$10.2 million.................$167.2 million

5. The Divergent Series: Insurgent..........................................$10.0 million.................$103.3 million

6. It Follows................................................................................$2.4 million..................$8.5 million

7. Woman in Gold.......................................................................$2.0 million..................$2.1 million

8. Kingsman: The Secret Service..............................................$1.7 million..................$122.2 million

9. Do You Believe?.....................................................................$1.5 million..................$9.8 million

10. The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.............................$1.0 million..................$30.0 million

This Friday finds the Nicholas Sparks melodrama The Longest Ride joining the box office fray.  Relativity's acclaimed Desert Dancer starring Friedo Pinto leads a plethora of films opening in limited release, along with scifi thriller Ex Machina, international drama The Clouds of Sils Maria, action-comedy Kill Me Three Times, and Lost River, the directorial debut of Ryan Golsing.

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