F8: Fate of the Furious Just Broke The Opening Weekend Global Box Office Record
If you told me that the eighth installment of the Fast and the Furious franchise will break the largest opening weekend in box office history – I would’ve said you were out of your mind. Well, after this past weekend, Star Wars: The Force Awakens which opened with $529m (£421.8m) worldwide, now stands in second place. The leader? Yup – Fate of the Furious.
The franchise’s 8th film brought in an estimated $532.5m (£424.7m) internationally over Easter weekend. The numbers were largely due to a bump overseas. Comparing with Furious 7 which opened with $147.2m (£117.3m) in the US from 2015, F8 only took in $100.2m (£80m). One of the reasons why the film broke the mark set by The Force Awakens was its debut in China which coincided with the release in other major markets. The Force Awakens only screened there several weeks after their initial release. As such, F8 saw a three-day taking of $190m (£151m) in the Chinese market.
What started out as a movie to appeal to tuner racers in the initial film, the franchise has grown to become the most successful franchise in Universal Pictures’ history. The series has made over $4.4 billion around the world and Furious 7 making $1.516 billion worldwide on its own with some industry experts saying the latest film could at least equal that.
As the plots get more and more outrageous, the franchise continues to bring in big stars to plump up it’s offering. It started with Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, and Michelle Rodriguez, but soon bigger names like Tyrese and Ludacris would join on. The addition of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson in 2011’s Fast Five (you know, the one who went on to become the world’s highest paid actor in 2016) definitely started the ball rolling and now we’re seeing names like Luke Evans, Jason Statham, Charlize Theron and even Helen Mirren. Talk about star power.
For now, the record belongs to the Fast and the Furious franchise. However, Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens in December, 2017. Will the record change hands once again?