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Fast and Furious 7 takes €1.08m at Irish box office and beats Fifty Shades opening day


Paul Walker and Vin Diesel

Paul Walker and Vin Diesel

Paul Walker and Vin Diesel

Fast and Furious 7 has raced to the top of the Irish box office, bagging a record breaking €1.08m on its opening weekend.

This gave it the second highest opening weekend of 2015, behind Fifty Shades of Grey (€1.34m), and ahead of Taken 3 (€712.061).

However, its opening day takings of €502,330 trounced runner-up Cinderella (€341,132) as well as the opening for the super-hyped Fifty Shades of Grey, which hit €483,000, in February.

The film, which features the final performance of the late Paul Walker who died in a car accident in 2013, is also busting box offices in the US and beyond.

Worldwide it took $384m in its opening weekend with half that figure bagged in the US and Canada and it has yet to open in the massive markets of Russia, China, or Japan.

Directed by Justin Lin, who has helmed since Fast and Furious 5 and breathed new life into the ailing series, the film boasts regular cast including Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez and Dwayne Johnson as well as newcomers Jason Statham and Kurt Russell.

Following the death of Walker, Lin was forced to use CGI and film scenes using his brother to complete the film.  The cast has stated that this will be the last instalment in the series.

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