"Furious 7" got off to a fast and furious start at the box office this weekend.
After taking in a healthy $15.8 million on Thursday, the testosterone-laced street racing franchise starring
In fact, estimates for the weekend haul keep growing. A week ago, analysts were estimating that the picture wold make $115 million to $125 million this weekend. By Saturday morning, estimates were being revised up to $150 million.
This makes "Furious 7" the ninth-biggest Friday opening ever, in a league with pictures such as "Hunger Games: Catching Fire" ($70.9 million on its opening Friday in 2013) and
Interest in seeing how the picture resolved the death of one of its lead actors,
Coming in a distant second, with an $11.4-million Friday haul, is the animated children's movie "Home," produced by Dreamworks and distributed by 20th Century Fox. This brings that movie's total grosses to $79.5 million.