Furious 7 Joins Elite Billion-Dollar Club

It's the 20th film to ever do so
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 18, 2015 2:38 PM CDT
In this photo provided by Universal Pictures, Paul Walker as Brian makes his move in "Furious 7," directed by James Wan.   (AP Photo/Universal Pictures)

(Newser) – The elite club of movies that have grossed at least $1 billion worldwide gained a new member yesterday. Furious 7 became the 20th film to have ever passed the threshold, per BoxOfficeMojo's stats. And as Variety reports, it did so pretty fast and furiously: in a record 17 days. Though Universal has put out such successes as Jurassic Park and the Bourne series, it's the first film in the studio's 103-year history to make the list, notes Ron Meyer, the vice chairman of studio parent NBCUniversal, in a congrats letter.

That list is topped by Avatar and its $2.79 billion take. All told, the Furious franchise has raked in $3.39 billion. Vanity Fair's response to the news? "The rumored Furious 8 is probably a go." (Cool side story: Fast & Furious all started thanks to a 1998 magazine article.)

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