The action movie Furious 7 has officially become the highest-grossing film ever in China, raking in a total of two billion yuan (USD $323 million) in only 15 days.
The previous record holder was Transformers: Age of Extinction, which amassed a great 1.98 billion yuan (USD $318.9 million) in China.
According to reports, Furious 7 is also the first film ever screened in China to pass the two billion yuan mark.
The success of the film in China clearly shows the great potential of the Chinese market, as it has rapidly grown into the second-largest film market in the world.
Despite the fact that the film’s release date in China was one week after that in the United States, this is the second time that a Hollywood blockbuster has earned more money in China than in the US. The precedent, again, was Transformers: Age of Extinction.
The film industry has observed in China that emotional sentiment over Paul Walker’s death may have also contributed hugely to the film’s phenomenal box office gross. Walker died in a car accident on November 30, 2013.
Furious 7 may eventually end up with over 2.3 billion yuan (USD $371.2 million) in box office sales, which would be a huge milestone in China.
Observers of China’s film industry have said they are unsure what other film will be able to challenge the blockbuster’s stellar box office performance.
Universal has announced that Furious 8, the sequel and next installment of the Fast and Furious franchise, will be released on April 14, 2017.
It has been reported that the new film will include scenes shot in Hong Kong, a move that’ll likely lure in even more Chinese fans.
By Freya Twigden