After a prolonged slump to begin 2015, the box office got a desperately-needed shot in the arm when Universal released Furious 7 on April 3. Taking advantage of a weak crop of “competitors,” the action sequel broke the month’s opening weekend record by making an impressive $147.1 million during its first three days. Not too long after that, the film became the highest-grossing installment in the series – after just 10 days of release.
It was long expected Furious 7 would be one of the year’s top earners when 2015 was in the history books, but few could have predicted that it would become one of the biggest movies of all-time. Indeed, that’s exactly what’s happening as Furious 7‘s commercial hot streak has continued. After only 17 days in theaters, the film has crossed the $1 billion milestone, becoming just the 20th film in Hollywood history to do so.
That accomplishment gets even more noteworthy when you throw in the fact that Furious 7 became a member of the $1 billion club faster than anyone else. The previous record was 19 days in a three-way tie between The Avengers, Avatar, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2. When you factor in that those three projects all benefited from 3D surcharges (when Furious 7 did not), it makes this unprecedented run all the more extraordinary…see more