Big 'Furious 7' Home Video Debut Boosts Universal24 Sep, 2015 By: Thomas K. Arnold
As the home entertainment divisions of the studios gear up for the fourth quarter, when they typically generate about 40% of their total annual sales, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment announced Furious 7 generated $52.5 million in consumer spending its first week of availability.
The seventh film in the fast-paced action franchise sold 2.5 million units on Blu-ray Disc and DVD in its first week of release, making it the highest-selling home entertainment live-action film launch of 2015, the studio said.
Factor in digital sales, specific totals for which the studio didn’t release, and Universal said Furious 7 is the biggest-selling film in the franchise and is on track to become Universal’s top-grossing live-action home entertainment release ever.
“Furious 7 shattered records around the world at the box office and continues to reach incredible heights in home entertainment, an extraordinary achievement for the seventh installment of any franchise,” said UPHE President Eddie Cunningham. “Such astonishing results in both theatrical and home entertainment are a true testament to the enduring appeal of the 'Fast and the Furious’ films and underscore the strong demand among both physical and digital consumers to have instant access to one of the year’s greatest must-own movies.”
With a domestic box office gross of more than $351 million, Furious 7 is the biggest theatrical earner in the franchise, as well. Indeed, in a reversal of what generally happens, each of the last four sequels made more money in theaters than the one before it — with film No. 3, 2006’s The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, the lowest earner of the bunch, with a domestic box office take of $62.5 million. Fast & Furious 6, which opened theatrically in May 2013, grossed nearly $238.7 million. Fast Five, from 2011, made $209.8 million, and Fast and Furious (No. 4) earned $155 million during its spring 2009 theatrical run.