Furious 7 is poised to take the box office crown for the third week in row this weekend, but the action-packed sequel has just passed an incredible milestone, earning over $1 billion worldwide in just 17 days of release. The action-thriller has become the first Universal Pictures movie in history to earn over $1 billion during its initial theatrical release. Jurassic Park is currently the studio's highest-grossing movie ever, grossing $1.044 billion, but it only crossed $1 billion after its 3D re-release back in 2013. Furious 7's global haul now stands at $1.009 billion through today, and it will surely surpass Jurassic Park as the studio's highest-grossing movie of all time over the next few days. The sequel opened two days early in certain international markets, taking in $735.2 million internationally over 17 days, and taking in $273.7 million in North America in 15 days. Here's what Nick Carpou, Universal's president of domestic distribution, had to say in a statement.
"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. 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."
Dylan Clark, Universal's president of international distribution, also added the following statement.
"What started as a small film about the street racing sub-culture of East Los Angeles has become a global phenomenon with Furious 7 shattering records in so many territories around the globe. We're thrilled to celebrate this accomplishment with our colleagues and distribution partners throughout the world, who have made these extraordinary results possible."
Furious 7 is also the fastest movie to cross $1 billion all time, beating out Marvel's The Avengers, Avatar and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2, which all took 19 days to make $1 billion globally. The Fast & Furious franchise as a whole has taken in $3.392 billion worldwide. Universal has also released a list of notable box office achievements Furious 7 has had in less than three weeks in release.
Second-biggest worldwide opening of all time ($397.2 million) behind only Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.
Highest-grossing domestic ($147.2 million) and international ($250 million) openings in Universal history.
Biggest April and Easter opening.
Highest opening since November of 2013 domestically.
All-time highest opening weekend of any film in 29 territories.
Universal's highest-grossing film of all-time in 26 territories.
Record-breaking opening day in China ($63.5 million) beating the previous record held by Transformers 4 ($36 million).