Magazine article Screen International

‘Fast & Furious 7’ Crosses $1Bn at International Box Office for Universal

Magazine article Screen International

‘Fast & Furious 7’ Crosses $1Bn at International Box Office for Universal

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Overall the film grossed a confirmed $70m from 67 territories in the fourth weekend to turbo-boost the running total to $1.001bn. Only Avatar on $2.027bn and Titanic on $1.528bn have gone higher internationally.

Fast & Furious 7 became the biggest release ever in China as an estimated $35m weekend haul elevated the tally to $325.8m after 15 days, overtaking the previous $319m mark set by Transformers 4.

Universal's tentpole ranks fifth in the worldwide box office pantheon on $1.321bn factoring in the $320.1m from North America, where it held on to pole position.

The top four are Avatar on $2.8bn, Titanic on $2.2bn, The Avengers on $1.5bn and Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 on $1.341bn.

"We ticked all the boxes of success in every territory," said Duncan Clark, president of international distribution, Universal. "We've got a great movie and we took Vin [Diesel] to Beijing for the first time and Jason [Statham] and that was the icing on the cake in terms of [anticipation by Chinese audiences.]

"We opened on a Sunday, which is [unusual] and it created a tremendous buzz for the late Saturday shows and gave us a tremendous impetus."

Turning to the film's international performance as a whole, Clark paid tribute to "the Paul factor", referring to the wide following for late cast member Paul Walker that played its part alongside the popularity of the ethnically diverse cast and boosted the female audience. …

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