James Wan directorial "Furious 7" aka "Fast and Furious 7" is all set to get an earth-shattering response at the box office, thanks to the Paul Walker factor.
The early predictions from the trackers clearly show that Universal Pictures will reap gold at the box office; it is estimated that the film's business could cross $100 million in the opening weekend. If "Furious 7" makes anywhere between $110 million and $115 million, it will be the highest in the franchise till date.
The earlier record for the franchise was $97.4 million set by the last instalment of "Fast and Furious 6" in the domestic box office, while the overseas collection was $160 million in the opening weekend.
But this time, the business is expected to get a boost for one major reason, and that is Paul Walker.
The movie is expected to get a huge response, since it is Paul Walker's last movie. He passed away in 2013 in a road crash and his untimely death forced the makers to rework on the film at parts and to delay the release.
Moreover, the general perception is that even without the death of Paul Walker, "Furious 7" would have made it big at the box office, as the craze around the movie has seen a steady rise with every instalment. The first instalment had raked in $207 million worldwide and the sixth holds the highest grossing for the franchise record, earning $788 million.
In all, the franchise has grossed $2.3 billion at the worldwide box office and remains the highest-grossing franchise for Universal Pictures.
The star cast of Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham are expected to work in favour of the movie.
"Furious 7" will release in the US on 3 April and some parts of the world on 1 and 2 April.