‘Furious 7’ opens with a record $143 million opening weekend

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The seventh installment in the Fast & Furious franchise opened to a record-breaking $143 opening weekend, the biggest the franchise has ever seen.  Beating out the last sequel, “Fast & Furious 6,” which had an opening weekend of $97.3 million.

This makes it the biggest opening weekend this year so far and surpasses last years biggest weekend opener, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” which opened with a $95 million weekend.  The prior record holder for this year was “Fifty Shades of Grey,” which had a $85 million opening weekend back in February.

One of the biggest draws to the movie of course is to find out how the late Paul Walker is phased out of the series after his tragic death back in 2013.

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What does this mean for the theme parks?  We all know that Fast & Furious: Supercharged is coming to Universal Studios Hollywood later this year.  But will any of the other Universal theme parks see a “Fast & Furious” attraction?  If I were a betting man, I would say that the success of this film shows that the franchise is still in its prime and Universal is going to capitalize on it.  I wouldn’t be surprised if Universal expands the franchise to other parks, especially Orlando.

This is all just speculation and rumor talk at this point, but I wouldn’t count out a possible expansion of the “Fast & furious” franchise in Universal theme parks in the coming years.  After all, Fast & Furious 8 & 9 are reportedly already set to be released in the coming years.  Why not have a new theme park attraction to go along with them?

Reminder, you can view some of the cars featured in “Furious 7” at Universal Studios Florida in front of “Animal Actors” stage area of the park.

Would you like to see a “Fast & Furious” attraction come to Orlando?  Let us know in the comments below!




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Clint Gamache started Thrillgeek back in 2013 to share his love of theme parks, pop culture and other geeky stuff with the world. He can be found on Twitter @cgamache83