Paul Walker’s final Fast and Furious film raced to the top of the box office, amassing an enormous $143.6 million over the weekend.
Obviously propelled by the untimely death of one of its stars, Furious 7 shattered records by becoming the highest-grossing April opening of all-time, having easily surpassed previous record holder Captain America: The Winter Soldier by nearly $50 million. Furious 7 also ranks ninth among the top ten film debuts in history.
Phil Contrino, vice president and chief analyst at BoxOffice.com, partially attributes Furious 7‘s colossal performance to Paul’s tragic passing back in November 2013.
“[Walker’s] passing made this movie more intriguing for people who hadn’t seen some of the installments. It raised awareness and its success is a tribute to him.” (Variety)
Furious 7 producers were forced to employ body doubles and considerable computer graphics imaging to complete Paul’s unfinished scenes.
Expect Furious 7 to eventually cross the billion-dollar mark at the box office.
Congratulations to its stars. Such a fitting tribute to Paul.