9 Apr – Crossing the finish line for the biggest opening of all-time in Malaysia is "Fast and Furious 7" with an estimated box office collection of more than RM27 million over its opening weekend of 2 to 5 April 2015.
Released in Malaysia on 2 April 2015, with sneak shows the day before, the seventh instalment of the franchise has managed to beat previous record holder, "Transformers: Age of Extinction" which collected RM21.38 million during its opening weekend when it was released on 26 June 2014.
Both films are released locally by distributor United International Pictures Malaysia.
"While we realise that the fan base for the "Fast & Furious" franchise is extremely strong in this country, we are just bowled over by the outstanding results. Turbo-boosted by the excellent word-of-mouth, local audiences really responded to the theme of family-ties, humour and the great over-the-top action. The film being directed by Malaysian-born director, James Wan (who did a fabulous job on "The Conjuring"), and the fact that this is Paul Walker's last film, were added must-see elements for local movie-goers," said United International Pictures Malaysia Managing Director Nicholas Yong.
The distributor added that in its one-week run since its release, "Fast and Furious 7" had also grossed more than the entire local box office collection of past films like; Avatar (RM26.9 mil), "X-Men: Days of Future Past" (RM21.3 mil) and "G.I. Joe Retaliation" (RM22.7 mil).
Despite the movie being the first blockbuster to be released with the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), the sneak shows of the movie on 1 April 2015 saw to tickets selling fast at the box office counters of cinemas in the Klang Valley.
This has also led to the film in breaking yet another record in the country, as it also has the biggest single day collection at the box office, which was previously held by "Transformers: Age of Extinction".
Currently, the film holds a RM1.25 billion worldwide gross, as it predictably dominated the box office charts of every territory it was released in last week, including in U.S., Malaysia and Singapore, making it the highest-grossing global opening of 2015 to date.
Excluding North America, its foreign gross at RM786.8 million to date has earned the movie the third-highest international debut of all-time behind "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" (RM1.008 bil) and "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" (RM834.6 mil).
The movie is expected to earn USD1 billion globally by the end of its run, considering the film has yet to open at giant box office markets like China (12 April) and Japan (17 April).
"Fast & Furious 7" is now showing at cinemas nationwide in 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D.
Box office figures mentioned above were derived from BoxOfficeMojo.com.