Collectively, the Fast and Furious franchise has made over $4 billion. That means making the eighth film in the series a no-brainer, and there was very little risk going into The Fate of the Furious regarding its box office performance for opening weekend. Well, it seems like we can safely say that Fast and Furious 9 is on the way, because The Fate of the Furious has dropped like a submarine-sized bomb into the box office, and has produced an impressive $534.2 million worldwide.
The Fate of the Furious opened in 65 territories this weekend, and it's estimated that the action film will bring in over $530 million. Should those numbers hold for the weekend, then the film will become the largest worldwide opening launch, beating the behemoth Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($529 million), Jurassic World ($524.9 million), and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 ($483.2 million). Variety has the data, and they report that $103.8 million of that figure will come from the domestic release, while foreign markets contributed $430.4 million. That's a record-breaking figure as The Fate of the Furious aims for the biggest international opening weekend. The film beat the previous record holder, Jurassic World ($316.7 million), by a whopping 36%.
One the other hand, The Fate of the Furious is only the 38th largest debut domestically, coming in right behind The Secret Life of Pets, of all things.
China is currently the leader in foreign theaters, and audiences having pushed the film to an opening day total of $65.6 million in that country alone. That makes the action movie the largest single day debut ever in the country, and if the film stays on track, then it will be the biggest three-day opening of all time in the market with $192 million. The movie is breaking records.
Compared to the other Fast and Furious films, it's still a bit unclear where The Fate of the Furious will stand. As of now, the film did not have a higher domestic debut than Furious 7, which raked in over $147 million opening weekend. It is, however, a bigger debut than Fast & Furious 6, so the dip between films is nothing major. Furious 7 currently stands as the sixth largest worldwide grossing movie, and the jury is still out on if Fate of the Furious can beat that or not.
It seems like literally everyone under the sun is going to see this movie and you can too! Directed by F. Gary Gray and starring Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson, The Fate of the Furious is currently in theaters right now. Because you can't really beat cars vs submarines.