That’s all it took for “Furious 7” to speed past the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office.
Driven by an all-star cast that includes Vin Diesel, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Jason Statham, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster and the late Paul Walker, the James Wan-directed film set a new record for the fastest climb by a movie to 10 figures and is the first ever by Universal to achieve the milestone in its original run (“Jurassic Park” netted $1.044 billion during its 3D re-release in 2013).
"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," president of domestic distribution Nick Carpou told The Hollywood Reporter. "Our cast, filmmakers and all of our Universal and Fast family deserve credit for working so hard to make 'Furious 7' a huge success, and we look forward to continuing to watch the film grow over the next few weeks."
In less than three weeks, the seventh installment in the popular franchise has earned $735.2 million overseas and an estimated $273.7 million in North America. Forecasts has the blockbuster going as high as $1.4 billion before it crosses the finish line.