Universal Pictures is celebrating this weekend with the news that the James Wan-directed action sequel Fast & Furious 7 has become the first film of 2015 to reach the $1 billion milestone at the global box office. It also has the distinction of being the fastest movie to reach that figure, doing so in just 17 days – 2 days less than Avatar, The Avengers and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 – as well as Universal’s biggest hit of all time.
“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,” said Nick Carpou, Universal’s head of domestic distribution. “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.”
Fast & Furious 7 stars Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Ludacris, Tyrese Gibson, and Lucas Black alongside new additions Kurt Russell, Jason Statham, Ronda Rousey, Tony Jaa, Nathalie Emmanuel, John Brotherton and Djimon Hounsou.