first, that $143 million opening last weekend for “Furious 7” was revised a
few days after and corrected to $147 million. Those extra $4 million still kept it the 9th
biggest weekend opening ever, but who’s complaining. Certainly not Universal.
And it was
obvious that, after an opening like that, there was no way to go but down some
60%. But that was expected, and, regardless of that, FF7 is the 9th
film to hit $250 million in 10 days domestically. And the overseas the numbers
the film has done here in the U.S., FF7 has grossed a stunning $800 million worldwide, to date. According to box office analyst Erik Childress, that makes it the
third film ever in the history of Universal to hit 800 million worldwide. Add another $200 million and FF7 will become only the second $1 billion
grosser for the studio. The only other film of Universal’s to reach that
mark was “Jurassic Park.” This means your grandchildren can expect “Fast and
Furious 20 in Outer Space” when they’re teenagers.
other major release this week was George Tillman Jr’s film version of Nicholas
Sparks “The Longest Ride,” which was expected to pull in some filmgoers over the
weekend. However it was a risky bit of counter programming by Fox, hoping that teenage
and young girls would be drawn to the soapy romantic film, instead of muscle cars and over-fueled testosterone.
The thing is
that, FF7 is attracting everybody, including young girls too, in big numbers. But
with a modest $13.5 million opening, that’s actually pretty decent considering
what “Longest Ride” was going up against.
is if the film will hold ready for the next few weeks. Remember that “The
Avengers” is just less than two weeks away.
As for the
rest, who cares? “Furious 7” is wiping out everything in sight. But wait until “The Avengers.” It’s going to be murder.