It would seem that 2015 is the year of the Giant Franchises That Could, with not one but two gigantic blockbuster franchise film installments hitting the highest-grossing movies list.
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Furious 7 -- the seventh installment of the Fast and Furious franchise -- is the first film to make the existing top 10 eat their turbo-charged exhaust fumes.
Within 17 days of opening, Furious 7 sped past the $1 billion global box office mark, making it the fastest ever film to gross that amount.
According to Box Office Mojo, since opening in April this year, the movie has grossed $1.51bn at the global box office, which means it now resides as the fourth-highest grossing movie of all time -- bumping Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II (2011) from the coveted fourth place (Harry has a measly $1.342bn in global takings).
With Furious 7 expected to continue its current trajectory, the film is predicted to over take 2012's The Avengers to become the third highest grossing film ever by the time its theatrical release ends. (Avengers currently resides in spot three with $1.518.6bn.)
Which leads us to the second film of the Giant Franchises That Could for 2015, Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Also released in April this year, the second movie in the Avengers box office-winning franchise, Avengers: Age of Ultron is currently sitting in sixth place on the list, with $1.321bn in global box office takings so far.
Director James Cameron's films Avatar (2009) and Titanic (1997) both still hold first and second spots on the highest ever grossing movies list with $2.788bn and $2.187bn respectively. Which means that despite the overwhelming popularity of Furious 7, there's still a long way to go first, second and third in the highest-grossing movies race.