Ain’t no party like a Disney/Marvel party! The studio is probably still celebrating after Captain America: Civil War brought home a massive $181.8 million during its opening weekend. That number is good enough for the fifth-biggest opening ever.
But this movie isn’t just a hit in the United States. It’s a worldwide smash, and it’s already earned $678.4 million globally, which is just absolutely insane. And the good news is that it should stay strong in its second week, thanks to the strong reviews from critics and fans.
Those numbers are obviously impressive, but you haven’t heard the most impressive stat yet. Last year, Universal set the record with the fastest climb to the $1 billion mark. The studio reached the mark on June 14, thanks to Furious 7 and Jurassic World.
Well, Disney has crushed that record. The studio now holds the record for the fastest climb to $1 billion. It’s a huge number and it’s something the studio should be really proud of. And they still have a number of important films coming later this year.
You have Finding Dory next month, Pete’s Dragon in August, Moana in November, Doctor Strange in November, and Rogue One in December. They are set to have one of the best years in box office history.
It’s going to be fun to see how high they can climb.
Yeah, we know Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice had a pretty incredible opening weekend, but Deadpool is still breaking records at the box office and it opened over a month ago.
And when we say “still breaking records,” we don’t mean some obscure record that no one knows about like, “Highest grossing film featuring Ryan Reynolds wearing a mask” — We are talking about legit records. And specifically, a record that hasn’t been touched for almost 13 years.
Deadpool earned $5 million domestically last weekend and $3 million in foreign markets, which brought its worldwide total to $745 million. That’s an important number because it’s now the highest-grossing R-rated film of all-time.
The record was held by The Matrix Reloaded with $742 million. Before Deadpool was released, no one expected it to break this record. But after the impressive opening weekend and the extremely positive reviews, it became clear to everyone that this film wasn’t going to be stopped.
Hopefully this creates more freedom for writers and directors. You see studios wanting to have complete control most of the time, and it often results in a failed project. But Fox seemed to give director Tim Miller and writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick the freedom they needed to create something special.
It was a risk, but it certainly paid off.
This Furious 7 movie just can’t stop breaking records. In its second full week in the Chinese market, the action film took home 450 million yuan ($74 million), which brings the impressive box office total up to over 2 billion yuan ($332 million).
In just 15 days, the movie has passed the previous record of $319 million held by the Transformers: Age of Extinction. According to the research group Entgroup, China is the biggest box office territory in the world for Vin Diesel’s baby.
Back in North America, Furious 7 is still holding strong. The film has been at the number one spot since its release earlier this month, although, that will change this weekend with The Avengers: Age of Ultron being released.
What other records does this movie have? Well, it’s the fastest live-action film to take home more than $1 billion worldwide. And after going over the $1.32 billion mark, it’s now more successful than Frozen.
Maybe Vin Diesel was right when he said this movie would win Best Picture at the Oscars?
“It will probably win best picture at the Oscars, unless the Oscars don’t want to be relevant ever. This will win best picture. There is nothing that will ever come close to the power of this thing.”
Okay, okay. We all know that’s never going to happen; however, the noise this movie is making around the world is pretty impressive.
The experts predicted this film would bring in a lot of money during its opening weekend, but no one was predicting over $140 million.
$115 million was the number everyone agreed on before the release, and Universal’s Furious 7 raced past that number with ease. After scoring big with an 83% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the seventh film in the franchise took home $143.6 million during its opening weekend.
And as you can imagine, there were several records shattered during the process. It is now the biggest April opening in history, and the first April film to go over the $100 million mark. It’s also the most successful opening (so far) this year, and the largest opening of all the films in the Fast & Furious franchise.
But wait, there’s more! It’s the highest debut since the second Hunger Games film was released back in 2013.
Universal Pictures’ president of domestic distribution told Deadline the following…
“Originally, we planned to release the picture last July, but that wasn’t going to happen, so we thought of April because opening on Good Friday has proven historically to be a very good thing to do.”
Would you like more numbers? Of course you would! Furious 7 earned $240.4 million overseas, which brings its worldwide total up to $384 million.
I don’t think ‘success’ is the right word for this film…
We told you it was coming. We told you this film was going to be huge. The abysmal 26% rating on Rotten Tomatoes didn’t hurt the erotic drama at all. If anything, the bad reviews actually made people want to go see it more.
And even though most people agree it’s not a good movie, there are still some good things we can grab from its success. For example, Fifty Shades of Grey had the biggest opening weekend for a film directed by a woman in box office history.
In its first three days, the film grossed $81.7 million domestically, easily beating the $69.6 million from Catherine Hardwicke’s Twilight. This is both good and bad news. It’s nice seeing female directors have success at the box office; however, there have obviously been better films directed by women. It’s a little sad to see Fifty Shades of Grey and Twilight at the top of the list.
The film also shattered the record for the highest-grossing Presidents Day holiday weekend opener. The 2010 romantic comedy, Valentine’s Day, was the previous record holder with $56.3 million.
We can sit here and make fun of the movie all day, but the people who made it certainly don’t care.