Just when you wondered if the Fast & Furious franchise was about to run of steam, the series seems to have found yet another wind of momentum. Reports emerging from over the weekend are saying that the latest in the over the top car franchise has shattered previous box office records, surpassing Disney’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens to enjoy the biggest box office opening ever.
The eighth entry in the Fast & Furious franchise raked in $532.5 million – pushing it just beyond the $529 million mad by Star Wars: The Force Awakens back in 2015. Interestingly, it’s being reported that $100.2 million of this came from the US market – with over 80% of the box office total coming from worldwide markets, including China.
This is significant as that market alone captured $190 million in its opening days for the movie.
It should also be noted that Star Wars: The Force Awakens didn’t open in China alongside other markets – meaning that Fate of the Furious enjoyed something of an advantage in that area.
All the same, it’s a monumental effort from the franchise, which slammed its way to the top of the domestic and worldwide box office charts. It beat out The Baby Boss, which grossed $15.5 million and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, which amassed $13.66 million.
It’ll be interesting to see if the latest Furious flick has the same legs as the seventh outing. There, the loss of Paul Walker caused something of an emotional swell – with audiences rushing to check out the deceased actors final flick. That movie went on to become one of the biggest earners in 2015, much to the surprise of industry analysts.
There are two more movies already penned in by Universal, who has been keen to milk its car cash cow for as much money as it can. With Dwayne Johnson reportedly getting a spin-off down the line, there’s plenty of legs left in the franchise.