"Furious 7" put the pedal to the metal on Thursday night taking in $15.8 million from early screenings.  The last movie in the franchise, "Fast & Furious 6," earned just $6.5 million from early screenings.  Yes, to reiterate the obvious, Universal Pictures has a major blockbuster on its hands.

Industry estimates now have "Furious 7" earning somewhere between $130-150 million over the three-day weekend.  Before this installment, "Furious 6" was the top opener in the series taking in $97.3 million and top earner making $238.6 million domestically and $788 million globally in 2013.  Those franchise records will easily fall over the next few weeks.

Historically, "Furious 7" also has a chance to enter the top 10 list of the biggest openings of all-time.  "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Pt. 2" currently holds the 10th spot with $141 million.

Look for box office updates all weekend long on HitFix.

With over a decade of experience in the movie industry, Ellwood survived working for two major studios and has written for Variety, MSN and the LA Times. A co-founder of HitFix, Ellwood spends his time relaxing hitting 3’s on the basketball court and following his beloved Clippers.