Fate Of The Furious Passes The Force Awakens To Set New Opening-Weekend Record
A new record.
The latest installment in the Fast and Furious franchise was expected to open to big numbers--and it delivered. The eighth movie in the series brought in $532.5 million at the worldwide box office this weekend, passing Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($529 million) to set an all-time opening-weekend high. Entertainment Weekly supplied the numbers and has a breakdown of this weekend's results.
What might have helped The Fate of the Furious is that it opened in major movie markets such as China and Russia alongside the US and UK. Furious 7 opened in China and Russia after the initial release.
Globally, The Fate of the Furious is pacing ahead of the last movie, Furious 7, but the same can't be said for its performance in the US. Furious 7 made $147 million in the US for its opening weekend in 2015, which is far better than the $100.2 million that The Fate of the Furious made domestically this weekend.
The Fate of the Furious was rumored to have a production budget of $250 million, so making more than twice that in one weekend alone seems like a strong start. For more on the movie, you can check out GameSpot's review and what other critics are saying.
Directed by Straight Outta Compton's F. Gary Gray, the movie stars Dwyane "The Rock" Johnson, Vin Diesel, Jason Statham, Charlize Theron, Michelle Rodriguez, Helen Mirren, and Kurt Russell.
Elsewhere at the box office, The Boss Baby brought in a further $15.5 million, helping it cross $100 million in the US alone. Disney's Beauty and the Beast continues to make money, bringing in $13.6 million, while Smurfs: The Lost Village ($6.5 milllion) and Going in Style ($6.3 million) round out the top five.
The full April 14-16 US box office estimates can be seen below, as compiled by EW.
- The Fate of the Furious – $100.2 million
- The Boss Baby – $ 15.5 million
- Beauty and the Beast – $13.6 million
- Smurfs: The Lost Village – $6.5 million
- Going In Style – $6.3 million
- Gifted – $3 million
- Get Out – $2.9 million
- Power Rangers – $2.8 million
- The Case For Christ – $ 2.7 million
- Kong: Skull Island – $2.6 million
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