‘Fate of the Furious’ Blasting to $534 Million in Worldwide Box Office

'Fate of the Furious' Blasting to
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Universal’s “The Fate of the Furious” is dazzling moviegoers worldwide with an estimated $534.2 million in box office in its launch weekend in 65 territories, Saturday estimates showed.

Should the estimate hold, it would be the largest worldwide launch weekend of all time, topping “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” at $529 million, “Jurassic World” with $524.9 million and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” with $483.2 million.

Universal’s estimated domestic gross for the weekend is an impressive $103.8 million while the foreign total is a record-setting $430.4 million. The studio reported Friday’s international gross at $112.1 million for an early total of $194.8 million, which includes previews and territories that began launching on Wednesday.

The numbers underline increasing importance of the international box office — especially for costly high-profile tentpoles. Universal spent an estimated $250 million on “The Fate of the Furious” and is already going to see profits by the end of the weekend.

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The international weekend estimate of $430.4 million will demolish the record for biggest international weekend by an astounding 36% above Universal’s “Jurassic World,” which took in $316.7 million in its launch weekend. By contrast, the domestic launch for “The Fate of the Furious” is the 38th largest of all time, trailing Illumination-Universal’s “The Secret Life of Pets” at $104.4 million.

China is leading the way with an opening day box office of $65.6 million — biggest single day ever at the Chinese box office. The three-day weekend estimate is $192 million for the biggest three-day opening of all time in the market.

It is the biggest opening day in 15 other territories: Argentina, Colombia, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Israel, Lebanon, Malaysia, Middle East, Pakistan, Peru, Portugal, South Africa, U.A.E., and Venezuela.

“The Fate of the Furious,” starring Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Ludacris, Tyrese Gibson, Jason Statham, and Charlize Theron, centers on Diesel’s Dom Toretto character turning his back on his family and joining forces with Theron’s terrorist villain. The movie is directed by F. Gary Gray, who last directed “Straight Outta Compton.”

Universal’s “Furious 7” is the sixth-largest worldwide grosser of all time at $1,516,045,911.

Universal noted that it crossed $1 billion in international box office for the year Friday, joining Disney as the second studio to reach this milestone in 2017.

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  1. webslinger48 says:

    Apparently how good movies are is inversely proportional to the quality of TV shows, and with TV being at a high level the movies are suffering.

    Maybe not a the box office quite yet, but one has to wonder how the scramble for short term profits (and appealing to the lowest common denominator) will effect Hollywood in the long run.

    Spoiler alert: It won’t result in better movies.

  2. Anything with that spellbinding actor Vin Diesel sends to the stacks picking out other such notables as Snow White and the Three Stooges :)

  3. Spider says:

    It might just break records……until, “Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2” opens!!

    • Donald Clarke says:

      It won’t come any where remotely close. The last one was only a smash within the US. Did 56% overseas. The last Fast and Furious did about 86%.

  4. Bill B. says:

    I’ve said it before. I don’t get it. Junk.

    • Dave C says:

      Wow, aren’t you special. Fortunately the movie-going audience of planet Earth can appreciate enjoying themselves at theaters.

    • Just a Guy says:

      Don’t you enjoy eating junk food every once in a while? Well this is movie junk food.

  5. A five-year-old wrote fast and furiously for two days straight to come up with this nonsense. God bless the public and its insatiable thirst for stupidity. :)

  6. Paul says:

    Every dollar has been more than earned for putting out yet another GREAT movie in the Fast and Furious franchise! I however take exception for those saying it’s the worst movie in the series? You need your heads examined!!! In my opinion it’s one of the best and it shows Vin Diesel’s acting prowess more than we have ever seen, giving him a totally new dimension being a heel so for that reason alone, I rate the movie very high! No it’s not perfect but what movie is!?!

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