These Charts Show How Furious 7’s Second Weekend Is as Impressive as Its First

Furious 7 stayed parked in the box office’s top spot for the second weekend in a row, adding $ 60.6 million in U.S. theaters for a total of $ 252.2 million. The film is one of only a dozen to score more than $ 60 million in its domestic box office sales in the second weekend, according to Box Office Mojo. See how it stacks up against other films that smashed the box office in their second weekend: It’s no surprise that Furious 7 is the Fast & Furious film that scored the franchise’s Read more [...]

These Charts Show How Furious 7 Made Box Office History

Universal Pictures’ efforts to release Furious 7 after the tragic death of franchise star Paul Walker in 2013 are being rewarded at the box office. The James Wan-directed film, which premiered on Friday, racked up $ 143.6 million at the U.S. box office during its opening weekend, making it one of the 10 biggest U.S. opening weekends of all time. Impressively, Furious 7 is the only film in this top 10 that isn’t based off a comic book, young-adult novel or toy:   Furious 7 also Read more [...]

These Three Charts Show Why Everyone Should Stop Freaking Out About Chinese Foreign Debt (FXI, EWH)

China's growing external debt has once again set off alarm bells. The State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE) said the country had $ 823 billion of external debt at the end of Q3 — about 9% of GDP. Some have argued that this is evidence of desperation, and that China is now borrowing money from foreigners, having maxed out on domestic credit. Pointing to China’s international investment position (IIP) data, Standard Chartered's Stephen Green writes that this measure is the Read more [...]