The latest in the massively successful Fast & Furious franchise, Furious 7, is set to break box office records when it debuts on April 3rd in the US.
On course to do stellar business across the globe, early tracking has the film opening in the region of $115 million when it debuts next month. In 2014, only one film managed an opening weekend in excess of $100 million, which was The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, which took $121 million when it debuted last November.
In terms of April records, the highest opening weekend was set last year by Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which earned $95 million. Furious 7’s predecessor, Fast & Furious 6 took $117 million when it debuted in 2012, and ended up with over $780 million worldwide.
Furious 7’s release ushers in the summer box-office blockbuster season, with many of the year’s big hitters all expected to have bumper opening weekends, with the biggest set to be Avengers: Age of Ultron, which is forecasted to top the first film’s $207 million opening weekend from 2012.
Furious 7 features the final role of the late Paul Walker, as well as returning co-stars Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson and Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, and new recruits Kurt Russell (The Thing) and Jason Statham (The Expendables) as the film’s big bad.