It was a furious opening weekend for Furious 7. Let’s see, where do I start?! Its domestic haul was $143 million, which ranks as the ninth highest of all time. It also made another $240 million in the international markets — which, according to Box Office Mojo, was achieved without it even opening yet in China, Russia, and Japan.
It also hauled in $67.3 million in its opening day performance. Wow, what a showing for this latest in the Fast and the Furious franchise.
Furious 7, of course, is the same movie that was impacted with the death of its star Paul Walker. They had to finish Furious 7 without Walker, and they said goodbye to him and his character at the end of this movie in a real tear-jerker moment. I wonder how much of this big box office this weekend has to do with this being Walker’s final movie in the franchise. I liken it to The Dark Knight which Heath Ledger starred as the Joker, and it was his final movie because he had died before the release. But because of that fact, a lot of people flocked to see The Dark Knight. So I think much of the same thing is going on here, with a lot of people wanting to see Walker for the last time in the role that made him famous. Anyway, that was this weekend at the box office.