Fate of the Furious: New Records Overseas

While the action film shows signs of declining enthusiasm in the US domestic market, the Fast and Furious franchise’s eighth installment is reaching new heights overseas.

By the end of the weekend, Universal’s latest is estimated to make $744.8 million internationally, and $908.4 million worldwide.

Directed by F. Gary Gray, the film rides on the talent and charisma of Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Scott Eastwood, Nathalie Emmanuel, Elsa Pataky, Kurt Russell, and Charlize Theron.

Fate continues to feel the love in China, tacking on an additional $58.5 million during its second weekend. With a 10-day total of $318.9 million, the movie is the second-highest-grossing U.S. release in China, slightly behind Furious 7. Hollywood studios only take in 25% of Chinese ticket sales.

Every market around the globe has Fate in first. The film scored franchise records in Poland after opening to $2.5 million, and Serbia & Montenegro, in which it made $260,000. Romania gave the movie an all-time record with a $1.7 million opening.

Apart from China, the largest international markets of Fate this weekend are Mexico ($29.9 million); the U.K. and Ireland ($29.3 million); Brazil ($26.2 million); Germany ($24.4 million); and Russia ($23.4 million). Japan will be the final territory to open on April 28.

The Fate of the Furious

While “Fate of the Furious” is dominating the No. 1 slot in the U.S. for the second straight weekend (it’s pegged to make $38.7 million this weekend and $163.6 million overall for the first two weekends), its performance suggests that the franchise may have peaked domestically with Furious 7. The seventh installment, which functioned as a memorial for the late franchise actor Paul Walker who died in 2013, pulled over $250 million in its first two weekends.

Still, the latest iteration’s insane stunts and diverse cast continue to power the franchise to be a worldwide force, so there is no doubt there will be more films.

The studio is considering a spinoff starring Johnson, Statham, and Theron. For now, though, “Fate’s” focus is on the $1 billion mark globally — a milestone it should cross this week.

Baby Boss

Fox’s Boss Baby slotted in the No. 2 slot this weekend with $30 million overseas. The animated adventure featuring the voice of Alec Baldwin will make $221.1 at the international box office and $137 domestically for a worldwide total of $358.1 million by the end of the weekend.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast landed third this weekend with an additional $22.9 million, raising its international total to $629.2 million. The film has earned a whopping $1.1 billion.


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