This weekend at the box office belonged to “Furious 7” the final installment of the successful Fast and Furious franchise. The movie has already made $143.6 million in it’s opening weekend, beating out Captain America’s $95 million April debut and placing it ninth in the top ten movie openings in history.
The movie features actor Paul Walker, who died at age 40 in a car crash in 2013. Producers of the film used a number of techniques in order to complete Walker’s parts in the film including using stand ins and using other forms of digital technology to round out the story. Internationally the film earned $240.4 million this weekend. Some are even predicting that the film could bring in up to a billion dollars in the coming weeks.
The film itself is dedicated to Paul Walker’s memory as Director James Wan recently stated in an interview “It’s now almost like a cliche or a joke to say this, but the entire Fast and Furious unit is a family unit, and everyone feels like Paul is a big part of their family. And everyone wanted to do the right thing by Paul, and send him off in the most sort of honorable way that we could, and to honor the legacy that he’s had in this franchise. And also for me, to honor what an amazing person Paul Walker was.”
Furious 7 is in theaters now.