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“Furious 7” sets box office record

by Bill Cawthon on

Furious 7, the latest Dodge-heavy movie in the “Fast & Furious” series, set a new worldwide opening weekend record of $384 million in its first three days.  That’s the biggest box office take for any movie with an April opening date and the ninth biggest opening weekend of all time.


The movie has an all-star cast of Dodge vehicles, along with Vin Diesel, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, and the late Paul Walker, who was killed in an unrelated car accident during the production.

In the U.S., the film grossed $143.6 million, the best first weekend haul since The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which took in $158 million over its opening weekend in 2013.

Furious 7 has gotten favorable reviews from critics as well; some especially liked the tribute to Walker, with Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times saying it was handled with “taste and respect.”

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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