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Furious 7 can go toe to toe at the box office with Marvel and Harry Potter

Vin Diesel in Furious 7
Vin Diesel in Furious 7
Universal

Getting into the same box office bracket as Harry Potter and The Avengers is a tremendous feat. Over this Easter weekend — a weekend that traditionally isn't known for big movie openings Furious 7 did just that, breaking a few records on the way.

The most impressive accomplishment of this hulking fireball of a movie was its global opening — the fourth largest in history, Variety reported. Furious 7 opened at $384 million worldwide, putting it in the same ballpark as The Avengers, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part II), and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince:

That's absolutely huge. The movie also had the biggest April opening in the US on record ($143.6 million), and smashed the record for biggest Easter opening in history by an astounding $82 million.

My colleague Todd VanDerWerff has maintained that the Fast & Furious franchise might be the only comparable franchise to Marvel's stable of cash monsters. These numbers prove it.