Furious 7 rode into theaters this weekend, smashing box office records to the tune of $143.6 million domestically, the highest opening weekend in April history. The action-packed sequel also took in over $240.4 million internationally, the biggest international opening in Universal Studios history, with a worldwide tally of $384 million in just the first weekend alone. The domestic opening weekend gross stands as the ninth highest all time, just above The Twilight Saga: New Moon's tally of $142.8 million.
Furious 7 bested its predecessor, 2013's Fast & Furious 6's opening weekend gross of $97.3 million internationally and $162 million internationally. Director James Wan's sequel, which marks the final film from late star Paul Walker, took in $61.1 million on Saturday in just over 10,000 international theaters, Universal's highest-grossing Saturday of all time. The sequel was the #1 movie in 64 international territories, 26 of which were the highest-grossing opening weekends in those countries' history, including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Egypt, Malaysia, Mexico, Middle East, Romania, Taiwan, Thailand and Venezuela.
The sequel's $240.4 million international bow stands as the third highest all time, behind Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 ($314 million) and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides ($260.4 million). It also stands as the fourth-highest global opening weekend, behind Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 ($483.2 million), Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince ($394.4 million) and Marvel's The Avengers ($392.5 million). We'll be sure to keep you posted as Furious 7 keeps passing more box office milestones as it heads into its first full week in theaters.