‘Furious 7’ roars into box-office record book with $143 million debut

Fortune

This post is in partnership with The Wrap. The article below was originally published at thewrap.com.

By Todd Cunningham, The Wrap

The ultra-action sequel “Furious 7” exploded for an April record of $143.5 million in its U.S. box office debut this weekend, the year’s best and by far its most emotional, thanks to the presence of the late Paul Walker.

“Furious 7” was in a market-high 4,003 theaters across the nation and dominated. “Home,” the DreamWorks Animation family film that opened at No. 1 last weekend, held up well and took in a solid $27.4 million for second place – but finished roughly $115 million behind the leader. The other studios cleared out and no other movie opened wide.

“Furious 7” was in command overseas as well, finishing on top internationally with $240 million from 63 foreign markets. Combined with its domestic haul, the action epic rang up an…

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