Furious 7: First Chapter in Franchise to Reach $1 Billion

“Furious 7” broke many records with its massive global debut of $384 million.

The latest installment in the “Fast and Furious” franchise kicked off in 63 international markets, as well as the U.S. and Canada.

It marked Universal’s biggest wide release ever, unspooling in 14,009 theaters around the world, including Imax and large format locations.

It ranks as the fourth highest-grossing global opening in history behind “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” ($483.2 million), “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” ($394.4 million) and “The Avengers” ($392.5 million).

The opening breakdown was a $143.6 million stateside bow and a $240.4 million international kick-off. It’s a particularly impressive international figure, because “Furious 7″ has yet to open in such major markets as Russia, Japan and China.

“Furious 7″ shattered records, becoming the biggest Easter opening in history, the highest-ever April debut, Universal’s largest opening, the best result for all of the film’s castmembers, an April record for Imax and a record for premium large format screens.

“Furious 7″ should become the first chapter in the series to hit $1 billion.