‘Fate Of The Furious’ Breaks Worldwide Box Office Record
“The Fate of the Furious” crossed the finish line on Sunday as the biggest global opening in movie history.
The eighth film in the popular “Fast and Furious” franchise raced to an estimated $532.5 million box office opening around the world this weekend, according to its studio Universal Pictures.
That total beats the global record held by Disney’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which made $529 million worldwide its opening weekend in 2015.
“Fate Of The Furious,” opened in North America and 63 international markets, including China, the U.K. and Mexico.
“Fate” also broke box office records for bringing in the biggest international opening in movie history. The film made an estimated $432.3 million overseas, which lapped the record $316 million that “Jurassic World” made abroad in 2015. Domestically, “Fate” made an estimated $100.2 million over the weekend.
The film, which stars Vin Diesel and was directed by F. Gary Gray, is the highest-grossing opening for an African American director ever, according to Universal.
The film also drove past records in China, a growing movie market. It nabbed the country’s biggest three-day opening of all time.
A majority of the Furious 8’s earnings came from international markets, with about 81% of the box office total coming from outside the United States. The film made an estimated $432.3 million abroad and $100.2 million in the U.S.
The film was also the franchise’s second-biggest debut in North America, behind Furious 7’s $147 million. The seventh installment was the final film that included Paul Walker, who tragically died in a car crash in 2013.
The record-breaking weekend of “Fate of the Furious” is good news for the future of 16-year old series. Universal has already announced a ninth and tenth installment for 2019 and 2021.