In a stunning debut this weekend, Furious 7 raced to the top of the box office ranks with an amazing $143.6 million domestic debut.
The seventh film in The Fast and the Furious franchise opened ninth all-time behind The Avengers, Iron Man 3, the last Harry Potter film, two Dark Knight films, two Hunger Games installments, and Spider-Man 3.
In addition to the incredible U.S. profits, the film also brought in $240 million from overseas (not including China, Russia and Japan, where it will open in the coming weeks). Critics believe that the film will wrap with over $1 billion by the time it closes in theaters.
The previous April record holder, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, was beat out by almost $50 million, about 51% higher than America‘s $95 million. The movie is also the biggest debut in franchise history, due in part to the tragic passing of film star Paul Walker when the film was wrapping filming in late 2013.
Another weekend premiere, Woman in Gold, took in $2 million in seventh place. That’s not bad, considering it only opened at 258 theaters, and puts it in a precarious position to move forward. Critics aren’t sure if it will remain on par with indie darlings playing only at select theaters, or push out to nationwide distribution.
Full Box Office (via Box Office Mojo)
1. Furious 7 $143,623,000
2. Home (2015) $27,400,000
3. Get Hard $12,925,000
4. Cinderella (2015) $10,289,000
5. The Divergent Series: Insurgent $10,000,000
6. It Follows $2,465,000
7. Woman in Gold $2,004,000
8. Kingsman: The Secret Service $1,700,000
9. Do You Believe? $1,500,000
10. The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel $1,000,000