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'Fast & Furious 7' overtakes 'The Avengers' to become third highest-grossing film of all time

Only 'Avatar' and 'Titanic' have raked in more than Vin Diesel's car chase sequel

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Fast & Furious 7 has overtaken The Avengers to become the third highest-grossing film of all time.

The car chase sequel - simply titled Furious 7 in the US - has now taken over $1.520 billion (£970 million) worldwide, inching ahead of the Marvel blockbuster, which grossed $1.519 billion (£960 million) globally in 2012. The only films to have grossed more are Avatar, top of the all time list with $2.79 billion (£1.76 billion), and Titanic, second with $2.19 billion (£1.38 billion).

Franchise star Diesel had spoken boldly about Fast & Furious 7's potential success before the film had even been released, saying in March: "Universal is going to have the biggest movie in history with this movie. It will probably win Best Picture at the Oscars, unless the Oscars don't want to be relevant ever."

Diesel then confirmed in April that Fast & Furious 8 will be released on April 14, 2017, vowing: "We're going to make the best movie you've ever seen."

Read the NME review of Fast & Furious 7 here.

Upon its release in April, Fast & Furious 7 grossed $1 billion worldwide in a record time of 17 days. However, this record has since been beaten by Jurassic World, which took just 13 days to reach the $1 billion milestone.

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