Walker's Final Furious Scores Monster $143.6M

7 has the franchise's biggest opening yet
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 5, 2015 12:02 PM CDT
Vin Diesel as Dom Toretto in a scene from "Furious 7."   (Scott Garfield)
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(Newser) – The high-octane Furious 7 peeled out of the gates in its opening weekend, picking up a stunning $143.6 million from 4,004 locations to easily top the domestic box office, according to studio estimates today. The expectation-shattering sum is a franchise best for the $190 million Universal Pictures film. Furious 7 also unseats previous April record-holder Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which opened to $95 million on the same weekend last year. As the most ambitious release in Universal's history, Furious 7 opened on 10,500 screens in 63 territories internationally as well. Dedicated to the late Paul Walker, the film has the roads to itself until Disney and Marvel's The Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters on May 1.

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