Furious 7 is at the top of the domestic box office this weekend. The action-packed movie pulled in $143.6 million in it’s opening weekend.
Internationally, the film brought in $249.4 million.
The release of Furious 7 is bitter sweet for the franchise. In 2013, one of the stars of the movie, Paul Walker died in a car crash at 40.
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.The film was completed using digital technology and some help from his brothers.
“This is a bittersweet installment in the franchise,” said Phil Contrino, vice president and chief analyst at BoxOffice.com.
“Walker’s passing made this movie more intriguing for people who hadn’t seen some of the installments. It raised awareness and its success is a tribute to him.”
It looks as though, Furious 7 has set the tone for summer blockbuster movies and shattered a few records. Congrats to the cast and crew of Furious 7.