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Another weekend for Furious 7 on top and it just might be four in a row with a lackluster lineup next weekend before Avengers: Age of Ultron officially kicks off the summer season on May 1. With $29 million this weekend, Furious 7 is up to $294.4 million domestically ($1.15 billion globally) as it already became the fastest film to cross $1 billion worldwide on Friday this past week. It's also Universal's first film to ever cross $1 billion during its initial release (Jurassic Park achieved that mark in 2013 during its 3-D re-release) and it took only 17 days to do it, besting the likes of The Avengers, Avatar and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, all of which took 19 days to join the billion dollar club. The studio was also sure to share several other milestones the film has crossed such as: Second-biggest worldwide opening of all time ($397.2 million) behind only Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. »
- Brad Brevet
Furious 7 is poised to take the box office crown for the third week in row this weekend, but the action-packed sequel has just passed an incredible milestone, earning over $1 billion worldwide in just 17 days of release. The action-thriller has become the first Universal Pictures movie in history to earn over $1 billion during its initial theatrical release. Jurassic Park is currently the studio's highest-grossing movie ever, grossing $1.044 billion, but it only crossed $1 billion after its 3D re-release back in 2013. Furious 7's global haul now stands at $1.009 billion through today, and it will surely surpass Jurassic Park as the studio's highest-grossing movie of all time over the next few days. The sequel opened two days early in certain international markets, taking in $735.2 million internationally over 17 days, and taking in $273.7 million in North America in 15 days. Here's what Nick Carpou, Universal's president of domestic distribution, had to say in a statement. »
"Furious 7" just won't slow down. Universal Pictures announced today that the seventh installment in the "Fast & Furious" franchise has now earned $1.009 billion in just 17 days. That's an amazing accomplishment for a series many thought was dead in the water less than 10 years ago. The James Wan directed thriller currently has made $273.7 million in the U.S. and another $735.2 million overseas. "Furious 7" is now the fastest film to hit the $1 billion mark ever topping "The Avengers," "Avatar" and "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" which accomplished it in 19. Overall, the "Fast & Furious" franchise has now grossed a combined $3.392 billion. In a statement from the studio, Nick Carpou, President, Domestic Distribution noted, "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. Our cast, filmmakers and all of our Universal and »
- Gregory Ellwood
In just 17 days, Furious 7 is crossing the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office. It's a new record for the fastest climb to the major milestone. (The Avengers, Avatar and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 crossed $1 billion in 19 days.) Plus, the film is the first Universal project to make it to the $1 billion mark in its original run. (1993's Jurassic Park reached $1.044 billion after the 3D rerelease in 2013.) Read More 'Fast 8' Nowhere Near Starting Line Furious 7, directed by James Wan and starring Vin Diesel,
- Rebecca Ford
Universal’s “Furious 7″ will cross $1 billion at the worldwide box office Friday, becoming the studio’s first film to reach that milestone in its initial release.
“Furious 7″ has grossed $735.2 million overseas in 17 days and $273.7 million in North America after 15 days — making it the fastest movie to reach $1 billion. “The Avengers,” “Avatar” and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2″ had all crossed $1 billion in 19 days. Universal said the seven films in the franchise have totaled $3.392 billion in worldwide grosses.
It is the 20th film to take in $1 billion, with “Avatar” leading the list at $2.79 billion, followed by “Titanic” at $2.19 billion. Paramount’s “Transformers: Age of Extinction” had been most recent addition to the list last year with a $1.09 billion worldwide gross, which leaves it in 10th place. »
- Dave McNary
After just seventeen days, "Furious 7" has crossed the $1 billion mark at the global box office, making it the fastest film to ever do so.
It's also the only Universal Pictures film ever to surpass that mark in its first theatrical run, "Jurassic Park" made over a billion as well but that's combining its 1993 theatrical and 2013 3D re-release.
Nevertheless, the studio is chuffed with itself and has posted a statement from NBCUniversal vice chairman Ron Meyer in celebration: "I am incredibly proud of the motion picture team at Universal, the cast and filmmakers of the 'Fast and Furious' for all they have done to take our original idea and evolve it into a huge, global, blockbuster franchise."
- Garth Franklin
Matthew Lewis, who played Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter movies, has criticized the BBC's plans to make youth-centric TV network BBC Three into an online-only service. "I’m dead against it, it’s a real shame," the actor, who has a role on BBC Three Afghanistan bomb squad dramedy Bluestone 42, told RadioTimes.com. "I’d be very sad to see BBC Three go that way." Read more 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2:' Matthew Lewis on Playing Neville Longbottom Explained Lewis: "I don’t think there’s enough television now for young people in general, and I
- Georg Szalai
Even though it doesn't open until Friday, the upcoming "Fifty Shades of Grey" film has joined the list of Fandango's top five advance ticket-sellers in the company’s fifteen-year history.
At the same point in their sales cycles (two days before release), the film is coming fourth behind only "The Twilight Saga: New Moon," "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" and "The Hunger Games".
The film is also on track to be the top seller among all films released during Valentine’s Day, the top February pre-seller and the biggest R-rated ticket-seller in the company’s history.
There is already reportedly hundreds of sold-out showtimes across the country.
Source: Fandango »
- Garth Franklin
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