“Furious 7” shattered box office records over the weekend after making $143.6 million and topping the domestic box office.
The movie now has a claim as the ninth-biggest opening of all time and has unseated previous record holder “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” which opened to $95 million during its first weekend.
Though the “Fast and Furious” films have been known to be popular, the film’s record-breaking sales has been attributed in part to an interest in Paul Walker, who died in a car crash in November 2013 before the film was finished. Production was temporarily halted and producers finally decided to delay the release from its originally scheduled summer 2014 date.
“[Walker’s death] probably created some curiosity,” Nick Carpou, Universal’s president of domestic distribution, said. “It’s a motivator, but it’s not by an means the prime motivator to see the movie.”
Some have noted that Hollywood filmmakers are beginning to stake their claims on the summer blockbuster season earlier and earlier and have pointed to openings like “Furious 7.”
Carpou, however, argued that the summer season is becoming less important and pointed to the release of “Fifty Shades of Grey," which opened in February and still made quite a profit.
“Studios are finding tremendous value in putting their movies in non-traditional corridors,” Carpou said.
“Furious 7” is the most ambitious release in Universal’s history, opening in 10,005 screens internationally and making a 48 percent increase in profit over “Fast & Furious 6.”
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