The latest installment in the Fast and Furious franchise has set a new record.
Furious 7 is now officially the fastest movie to ever gross $1 billion worldwide, taking just 17 days to accomplish the feat. That is two days faster than it took both The Avengers and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 to accomplish the same. So far in the U.S., the movie has grossed $294 million, while the worldwide market has provided $857 million. The film’s $1.153 billion total gross makes it the seventh largest movie of all time.
Costs to make the movie jumped up when lead actor Paul Walker passed away during filming, causing Universal to submit a $50 million insurance claim to recoup the costs associated with keeping Walker’s character in the movie. Special effects along with Walker’s brothers were both used to complete the movie, which, combined with a delay, pushed the overall budget for the film up to about $250 million.
Furious 7 was also a tribute to the late Paul Walker, a factor that likely helped it succeed at the box office.