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The Rock and Ronda Rousey break box office records with Fast and Furious 7

The Rock and Ronda Rousey kick serious ass at the movie box office! Will they do the same for WWE business at WrestleMania 32 next year?

A magical box office pairing!
A magical box office pairing!

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Ronda Rousey are no strangers to breaking box office records in recent years. The Rock has headlined both the most profitable show (WrestleMania 28) and the biggest grossing event (WrestleMania 29) in wrestling history, whilst Rousey is by far and away the biggest money drawing female fighter ever too. Their surprise appearances at this year's WrestleMania also contributed to last Monday's Raw ratings being the highest in over two and half years. Now, they're taking their business domination to the silver screen!

That's because Fast and Furious 7, which stars both Johnson and Rousey, drew a whopping $143.6 million at the US box office over the weekend, smashing the record for the biggest April opening ever, beating last year’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier by almost $50 million. That huge opening puts it ninth on the all-time list. It did even better worldwide: its global total of $384 million was the fourth biggest international launch in history. When all is said and done, Fast and Furious 7 should be one of the few films to ever make more than $1 billion globally.

With such a midas touch, no wonder WWE wants to book Ronda Rousey vs. Stephanie McMahon for WrestleMania 32. They really need an attraction on next year's Mania card who can take their WWE Network subscription figures into a whole new stratosphere and Rousey with her mainstream appeal may be the perfect person to do that, especially if she's supported by her Hollywood buddy The Rock also wrestling on the annual extravaganza. If WWE can't seal the deal with Rousey, then they may struggle to significantly beat the current record of 1.315 million subscribers set a week ago, and that would be terrible news for their stock price. Thus, WWE needs Ronda Rousey more than she needs them.

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