Never underestimate the power of Vin Diesel and the Furious franchise. That is the takeaway following this past weekend’s record-setting box office. The numbers are in and The Fate of the Furious did well. Really well. Shockingly well. Like, broke the record previously held by Star Wars: The Force Awakens well. That sound you heard? That was a disturbance in the Force as the eighth Fast and Furious film opened with the biggest global box office EVER.
The Force Awakens, which opened in December 2015 with $529 million, was beat by Fate‘s $532.5 million. Granted, a lot of that is because of China. The world’s second largest movie market didn’t get Force Awakens until a month after it was released everywhere else, so who knows what it could’ve done — but, still. It’s a testament to just how strong the Furious franchise continues to be.
Fast And The Furious franchise kinda turning in to The Transformers in the sense it’s strength in China really puts a different spin on it..
— Kay-D MusiQ (@KayDMusiQ) April 16, 2017
Also, not to get lost in all the impressive numbers, but Fate of the Furious also has the esteemed honour of being the biggest opening for a black director ever. Bravo, F. Gary Gray. You certainly know how to sell an entertaining movie.
Despite it’s U.S. totals down from Furious 7 ($147 million vs. Fate‘s $100.2 million), The Fate of the Furious still kicked the asses of Force Awakens, Jurassic World, the last Harry Potter movie and both Avengers flicks. So if you’re someone who hasn’t watched the franchise since the debacle known as Tokyo Drift, maybe it’s time to rewind and see what all the fuss is about.
I just saw the Fate of the Furious and it was the most absurd, unrealistic and over the top shit I’ve ever seen… And I loved it
— Mau Angelus (@jaureguisbf) April 15, 2017