The Fast and Furious franchise has been super successful in the box office, but up to this point the $100 million opening mark has been the elusive number, for some reason, that they haven't been able to reach. The good news is that [Furious 7](movie:264263) is projected to finally get them there. According to Deadline, they're supposed to open at $115 million!
The movies somehow have managed to keep getting better and better. They up the ante with the action every time, and they have managed to get into a groove that has led to them breaking their own records in the past two box office openings (Fast Five and Fast & Furious 6).
Check out the rankings of the entire franchise's numbers for yourself...
The thing is, outside of Tokyo Drift, - which I myself actually enjoyed - pretty much every film was a success. Heading into Furious 7, the top two box office hits from the franchise are giving it tremendous momentum, and Paul Walker's final performance is a key draw as well that will finally get them past that $100 million mark. They were only $3 million off in the latest film.
Another goal for the film is best April release ever... if this $115 million number holds true, they should be able to grab the top spot. Check out some of the blockbusters that have enjoyed top 10 status in April openings up to this point:
Nobody has cracked $100 million in April, but [Captain America: The Winter Soldier](movie:254973) came very close. There are some friendly faces up at the top, with Fast Five and Fast and Furious locking down the 2nd and 3rd spots. I'm sure Furious 7, even if it underperforms tremendously, will crack the top 3 for April releases.
Tyrese isn't the only one praying right now. I bet the producers are too.