‘Fast & Furious 7’ overtakes ‘Harry Potter’ to become fourth highest-grossing film of all time

Only 'Avatar', 'Titanic' and 'The Avengers' have grossed more at the global box office

Fast & Furious 7 has overtaken Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows – Part 2 to become the fourth 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 $1.35 billion (£880 million) worldwide, zooming ahead of the final Harry Potter film, which grossed $1.34 billion (£875 million) globally.

The only films to have raked in more at the global box office are Avatar, which grossed $2.79 billion (£1.82 billion) globally; Titanic, which made $2.19 billion (£1.43 billion); and The Avengers, which earned $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 last month (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.