The Fate of the Furious Debuts At Number One, Breaks Global Opening Weekend Record

As expected, The Fate of the Furious debuted at number one with an estimated $100.1 million. While this comes in lower than the $147.3 million opening of Furious 7, that was to be expected. That sequel was a send-off for the late Paul Walker and it generated the interest of moviegoers who may not have followed the franchise from the start but were curious to see how they handled dealing with the actor’s untimely death.

At $100.1 million, Fate of the Furious marks a record opening for an African-American director with F. Gary Gray beating his previous three-day of $60.2 million set by Straight Outta Compton. F8 is also the best opening ever for Charlize Theron, beating Hancock ($62.6 million), and it’s the second best debut stateside for both Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson.

Internationally is where the majority of the Fate of the Furious story will be told as it broke the international opening record, previously held by Jurassic World with $316.7 million, as it brought in a massive $432.3 million from 63 international markets. Combined with the $100.1 million domestic opening this gives the film a record $532.5 million worldwide debut, breaking the previous record of $529 million held by none other than Star Wars: The Force Awakens. With this weekend’s grosses, the Fast and Furious franchise has now amassed just shy of $4.5 million billion worldwide from all eight of its feature films.

Highlights for the film’s international debut begin with the fact it was the #1 film in all 60+ territories where it opened, of which it was the largest opening in 17 of those territories: Argentina, China, Colombia, Egypt, Indonesia, Israel, Lebanon, Malaysia, Middle East, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Portugal, South Africa, U.A.E., Venezuela, and Vietnam. The largest of all of this weekend’s openings is the estimated $190 million the film brought in from China, which is the largest three-day opening weekend of all-time in China and, of course, the biggest Hollywood opening of all-time.

The film is budgeted at $250 million which it should match domestically if it holds like the previous films but this has always been a global film for Universal. Some say it should top out at $1.2-1.3 billion worldwide which is a great figure, especially for a franchise on its eighth outing.

Check out the full top ten results below:

April 14-16, 2017

  1. The Fate of the Furious– $100.1 million
  2. The Boss Baby– $15.5 million
  3. Beauty and the Beast– $13.6 million
  4. Smurfs: The Lost Village– $6.5 million
  5. Going in Style– $6.3 million
  6. Gifted– $3 million
  7. Get Out– $2.9 million
  8. Power Rangers– $2.8 million
  9. The Case For Christ – $2.7 million
  10. Kong: Skull Island– $2.6 million
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