‘Fast & Furious 7’ becomes fifth highest-grossing film of all time

Only 'Avatar', 'Titanic', 'The Avengers' and the final 'Harry Potter' film have raked in more

Fast & Furious 7 is now the fifth highest-grossing film of all time.

The car chase sequel – simply titled Furious 7 in the US – opened in cinemas on April 3 and became the fastest film ever to gross $1 billion (£660 million) at the global box office, reaching the milestone in just 17 days. The film, which features the final screen appearance from the late Paul Walker, has now taken over $1.32 billion (£870 million) worldwide, zooming ahead of Frozen and Iron Man 3.

The only films to have raked in more at the global box office are Avatar, Titanic, The Avengers and Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows – Part 2, whose global box office total of $1.34 billion (£880 million) is within easy reach of Fast & Furious 7. The Avengers, third on the all-time list, is a little further off at $1.51 billion (£1 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 confirmed on April 23 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.