the fate of the furious

With a worldwide opening weekend of $532.5 million, The Fate of the Furious has had the highest worldwide opening weekend of all time. This means it’s had a higher worldwide opening than Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Jurassic World, and The Avengers. Despite this amazing worldwide opening, The Fate of the Furious under-performed slightly in the US.

The Fate of the Furious had an opening weekend, in the US, of $100.2 million. This is a really good opening for a film, but this is almost $50 million lower than the opening weekend for Furious 7 (which was $147 million). However The Fate of the Furious wasn’t predicted to open at the same level as Furious 7 as Furious 7 had to deal with the tragic passing of Paul Walker and this helped to entice the casual movie goer and people who may have given up on this franchise years ago. The Fate of the Furious was predicted to open around $120 million, so it was a bit surprising that it opened $20 million lower. Usually that much of a discrepancy is due to bad reviews or bad word of mouth surrounding the film. However The Fate of the Furious has an A CinemaScore and has a 64% on Rotten Tomatoes, so it’s slight underperformance in the US can’t be blamed on bad reviews or bad word of mouth. Personally, I think the prediction was too high since I think that box office analysts were betting on more fans from Furious 7 to watch the sequel. The Fate of the Furious’ opening is in line with Fast and Furious 6’s opening (which was $97.4 million) so I think that whilst Furious 7 may have brought in a few more fans to the franchise, its success in the US was a bit of a flash in a pan.

However, The Fate of the Furious had an impressive worldwide opening. It’s foreign opening weekend was $432.3 million which is over $100 million bigger than the 2nd highest foreign opening weekend (Jurassic World). This huge foreign opening weekend is mainly due to China, which contributed $190 million. This makes The Fate of the Furious the highest Hollywood opening weekend in Chinese history. This is really impressive and I wouldn’t be surprised if Vin Diesel sets part/all of Furious 9 in China as this is the 2nd big win for Vin Diesel this year in the market (the 1st was XXX: The Return of Xander Cage which opened at $61 million in China (higher than the total US gross)).

Despite a bit of an under-performance in the US, The Fate of the Furious had a worldwide opening weekend of $532.5 million which meant it eclipsed Star Wars: The Force Awakens (opening of $529 million) to gain the crown of highest worldwide opening weekend of all time. This was mainly due to China, where The Fate of the Furious opened with the highest Hollywood opening of all time. This is a great win for Vin Diesel and a great win for Universal. However I wouldn’t be surprised if that worldwide opening is overtaken in the near future since this year is so competitive. I won’t be surprised if, by the end of the year, there were 2 (maybe 3) movies that have a higher worldwide opening than The Fate of the Furious. However this is a huge box office haul especially for a franchise’ 8th installment.

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