Fast & Furious 7 overtakes Frozen to become 5th highest grossing movie of all time

The latest in the motoring franchise is set to overtake 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2' in ticket sales

Jack Shepherd
Monday 27 April 2015 15:02
Vin Diesel at the premiere of Universal Pictures' Furious 7
Vin Diesel at the premiere of Universal Pictures' Furious 7

Fast & Furious 7 won’t slow down. After a fourth consecutive week at the top of the US box office, the movie has overtaken Frozen to become the fifth highest grossing movie of all time.

Having made over $1.32bn since first hitting Australian cinemas, Furious 7 sits just behind the $1.34bn grossing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow – Part 2.

The car-porn action flick has also joined Avatar and Titanic to become the third film ever to take more than $1bn internationally (not including US domestic takings).

Furious 7's release follows the death of the franchise's star Paul Walker, who died in a car accident in 2013. The actor appears in the film as Brian O'Conner, whose character is retired at the end of the movie.

Competition at the US box office last week came from Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, grossing $15.5m, and new entry The Age of Adaline, which made $13.3m. In comparison, Furious 7 made $18.2m to take the top spot.

Avengers: Age of Ultron has yet to be released in the US, Japan and China and will undoubtedly top the US chart after its stateside release on 1 May.

Life in the fast lane: a scene from ‘Furious 7’

Following on from the success of Furious 7, Vin Diesel confirmed a sequel was in the works, with a release date set for 14 April, 2017.

"We're going to make the best movie you've ever seen," Diesel said at the announcement that took place at Universal’s CinemaCon panel.

During the same presentation, Universal also revealed that the Fifty Shades of Grey sequels will be released on Valentine's Day in February 2017 and February 2018.

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