“Furious 7” worth $47 million to Georgia

Newly released “Furious 7” generated more than $47 million in economic impact, officials from the state of Georgia and the Motion Picture Association of America announced in a release.

Here it is (I don’t know why but movie people love to put the titles of movies in ALL CAPS):

“The production of Universal Pictures’ FURIOUS 7 contributed over $47 million to Georgia’s economy in payments to local businesses and workers, according to new data released today as the film opens in theaters nationwide. The economic impact figures also detail that the production hired 7,500 local Georgians.

Here’s a gallery of cast members, including Atlanta’s own Ludacris, attending the premiere.

Luda popped by an advance screening here in Atlanta the other day, too.

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Universal Pictures’ FURIOUS 7 is the latest high-profile film to call Georgia home during production, benefiting a wide-array of local businesses across a number economic sectors. The overall spend for FURIOUS 7 includes over $15 million for hotels and nearly $5 million for hardware and lumber supplies. In particular, the production built a number of interior sets along with exterior green-screen sets in Norcross, Georgia. This includes sets used to shoot scenes taking place at an opulent Abu Dhabi penthouse, a cement factory, federal law enforcement headquarters, and even scenes featuring a stealth helicopter.

“The entertainment industry in Georgia has experienced exceptional growth, which in turn has created a sustainable environment for the industry to continue to thrive here,” said Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Chris Carr. “Offering a pro-business environment with competitive incentives and investing in our workforce are just two of the ways that Gov. Deal and the Georgia legislature have committed to the growth of the entertainment industry.”

“The highly-skilled local crew and competitive production climate make Georgia an attractive filming location, allowing the local businesses and workers to reap significant economic benefits.” said former U.S. Sen. Chris Dodd, now MPAA Chairman & CEO. “The continued support and leadership of Governor Deal and the state’s lawmakers on this issue has truly enabled Georgia’s motion picture and TV industry to flourish.”

Key economic impact figures from the production of FURIOUS 7 in Georgia:

·         Spent over $47 million dollars towards local businesses and wages

·         Hired over 7,500 local Georgians

·         Paid over $15 million on hotels and nearly $5 million on hardware and lumber supplies”