APRIL 4 UPDATE: Universal’s latest entry in its world-beating action franchise added a studio record $59.1m on Friday to race to $120.6m internationally.
The film opened in a further 20 territories on Friday and has already crossed the entire international lifetime totals of several of its series siblings: The Fast And The Furious on $62.9m, 2 Fast 2 Furious on $109m and The Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift on $96m.
Friday also ranked as Universal’s biggest opening day in 40 territories, among them the UK, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Argentina, Portugal, Hong Kong, Singapore, India, Malaysia and Turkey.
Fast & Furious 7 set the biggest IMAX opening day ever in the UK and record Friday debuts in Spain, Austria, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Kenya, Portugal, Switzerland and Trinidad.
There are five more territories to open: Philippines on April 4, Russia on April 9, Poland on April 10, China on April 12 and Japan on April 17.
In further good news for Universal, Fifty Shades Of Grey crossed $400m at the international box office on Friday and is projected to reach $566.1m on Sunday. It ranks as the studio’s eighth biggest worldwide release.
APRIL 3 REPORT: The seventh chapter in Universal’s action series has raced to $60m at the international box office from its first two days in 45 markets following a record $43m Thursday for the studio.
Fast & Furious 7 opened in a further 33 markets on Thursday following Wednesday’s $16.9m debut including previews and ranks number one in all its active 45 markets. It opens in 18 more territories this weekend.
Thursday’s record $43m haul for Universal Pictures International overtook the $25.5m mark set by Fast & Furious 6 and set all-time opening day records in 15 territories.
They include Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Peru, Trinidad, India, Indonesia, Israel and the Middle East.
A further 12 territories, among them Australia, Brazil, Germany and Italy, set Universal’s biggest opening day of all time.
Fast & Furious 7 will pass the $62.9m lifetime international total of the first Fast film later today (April 3).
APRIL 2 REPORT: The seventh entry in Universal’s action canon has got off to a solid start en route to global domination this weekend.
Fast & Furious 7 – known in North America as Furious 7 – grossed an estimated $10.2m from 12 territories, rising to $16.9m including previews from 22 additional markets.
The film, which stars the late Paul Walker alongside Vin Diesel and the regular cast, is set to arrive in North America and a further 63 international territories this weekend. Thirty-three territories open today.
Opening day results in a slew of key markets delivered $2.6m in Germany compared to $1.4m for Fast & Furious 6, $2.5m in France ($1.9m), $1.3m in Thailand ($816,000) and $972,000 in South Korea ($619,000).
Fast & Furious 7 generated $520,000 in Peru ($379,000), $416,000 in Switzerland ($62,000), $412,000 in Austria ($231,000), $392,000 in Belgium ($234,000), $120,000 in Bolivia ($37,000), $83,000 in Trinidad ($73,000) and $55,000 in Egypt ($24,000).
Bolivia, Indonesia, Peru, Thailand and Trinidad produced all-time industry opening day records and new marks for Diesel, Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham and producer Neil Moritz.