After 17 days in theatres, Fast and Furious 7 has accumulated $1 billion in worldwide ticket sales. The milestone marks a celebration for Universal’s first billion dollar in its 103 year history. Furious 7 is the 20th film to achieve such an accomplishment, joining the likes of Titanic (1997), Avatar (2009), and Transformers: Age Of Extinction (2014).
The action film which marks the late Paul Walker’s final appearance on the silver screen has grossed in $265.35 million in domestic ticket sales and $735.2 million internationally.
In its debut over the Easter weekend, the film grossed $392.3 million worldwide. NBC Universal Vice Chairman Ron Meyer celebrated the milestone in a blog post on Friday.
Meyer wrote: “At Universal we have had franchises with strong results at the box office, including JURASSIC PARK, DESPICABLE ME and the BOURNE series, and although we take great pride in these accomplishments, what distinguishes FAST & FURIOUS is that it is an original live action concept with an entirely diverse cast.”
Touching on the tragic passing of lead actor Paul Walker he continued: “When our friend and colleague Paul Walker tragically passed away in the middle of production, our team, led by Jeff Shell and Donna Langley, and the filmmakers along with the cast and crew did what they do best:They focused on family first; then talked to the fans; then got to work on making a great film that we can all be proud of.
“We were all saddened and honoured to be a part of Paul’s final career performance and to celebrate his defining role in our lives.”
Walker, who died aged 40 in a tragic car accident, shot scenes ahead of his tragic death. His character Brian O’Connor is retired in the film with a tribute. His brothers Caleb and Cody were used as stand-ins to fill in gaps in his role.
Furious 7 also stars Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Ludacris, Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham.