Universal opened “Furious 7” in U.S. cinemas on Thursday night and the film’s first night previews took in a whopping $15.8 million – far more than the $6.5 million preview night haul of the previous entry “Fast and Furious 6”.
In fact, it’s one of the best preview night openings ever and the best since “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1” which scored $17 million in the same period. That film went on to a $122 million opening weekend, “Furious 7” is expected to open around the same number.
“Furious 7” is also launching around the world this week on about 10,500 screens and is expected to generate over $250 million in revenue by the end of Easter Sunday – and that’s without major markets like China, Japan and Russia. The film has already generated around $60 million in just two days from 45 international markets.
“Fast and Furious 6” opened to $97.4 million, and pulled in a global tally of $789 million worldwide. “Furious 7” could certainly gross over a billion dollars should it play its cards right.