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'Furious 7' film generates more than $47 million for Georgia

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ATLANTA (AP) - State and film industry officials say the newly released movie "Furious 7" had a major economic impact in Georgia.

The Motion Picture Association of America said in a statement Friday that the popular film generated more than $47 million for Georgia's economy. The film also hired 7,500 production workers locally.

The MPAA says the film spent more than $15 million for hotels and nearly $5 million for hardware and lumber supplies. The production built various interior sets along with exterior green-screen sets in Norcross.

A chairman of the state Department of Economic Development says the entertainment industry continues to help boost Georgia's economy.

"Furious 7" opened in theaters Friday. The film stars Vin Diesel, the late Paul Walker, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Tyrese Gibson, rapper Ludacris and Michelle Rodriguez.

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