After two months at the box office, Furious 7 is officially the fourth highest grossing film of all time. The film has sped past its predecessors and racked up over $1.5 billion worldwide to join stellar blockbusters such as Avatar, Titanic, and The Avengers states box office mojo’s Sergio Cortes. Furious 7 would need to accumulate $18 million more to overthrow The Avengers in its coveted third place in the record books, but with summer films like Mad Max: Fury Road, Pitch Perfect 2, and Avengers: Age of Ultron already grabbing the attention of audiences, that may be too steep a hill to climb.
It is hard to believe that the franchise responsible for The Fast and The Furious 3: Tokyo Drift has created a juggernaut with its seventh installment, but the massive success has the studio ready to take advantage of its popularity. Universal announced that Furious 8 will be released April 2017 and it will be interesting to see how the film compares to its predecessors. The tragic death of Paul Walker gained sympathy from even the most casual of moviegoers and the studio focused on paying tribute to Walker during the promotional tour. Its acclaim is well-deserved and so is its spot at the top of the box office record, nestled comfortably at number four.