‘Fate of the Furious’ Races Toward Massive $380 Million-Plus Global Box Office Debut

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The Fate of the Furious” roars into theaters around the world this week, fueled by audiences’ enduring love for its wiseacre crew of hard-driving speed demons.

That the series is still going strong over 16 years and eight installments is a testament to the filmmakers’ ability to keep finding fresh ways to reinvigorate a franchise that was basically jerry-rigged to exploit muscle car lust. What started as a fairly low-stakes Los Angeles thriller about a gang of street racers stealing electronics equipment has evolved into an escalating, globe-spanning set of adventures involving the theft of nuclear footballs and some James Bond-level action set pieces. Those dinged-up Lamborghinis don’t come cheap. The first film, 2001’s “The Fast and the Furious,” cost $38 million to make, and while Universal isn’t revealing the price tag for the newest installment, sources peg the budget at $250 million.

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That’s a lot of Benjamins, but the studio stands to make that back and more in the first few days of “The Fate of the Furious'” release thanks to a massive rollout that will see the picture debut in 63 markets. With a film of this size and scope it can be difficult to accurately gauge just how massive a debut Vin Diesel and company will enjoy, but analysts predict that the film should top $380 million and could even blow past the $400 million mark globally. That would outpace “Furious 7’s” $397.7 million bow. That’s largely because this time the film will be opening in China and Russia, two of the world’s major sources of box office revenue. Last time, those debuts hit later in the release schedule. “The Fate of the Furious” should be received warmly in the Middle Kingdom. The sequel has already set Chinese pre-sales records for tickets and “Furious 7” remains the highest-grossing U.S. made film in the country’s history with $391.3 million.

Don’t look for “The Fate of the Furious” to match “Furious 7’s” domestic haul, however. The film is tracking to open to $100 million and change, a steep drop from the previous entry’s $147.2 million launch. There were extenuating circumstances that turned that “Fast and the Furious” film into such a cultural phenomenon, namely the death of Paul Walker. “Furious 7” became something of a cinematic eulogy for Walker following the actor’s fatal 2013 car crash, offering fans a chance to pay tribute to a man, who, like Diesel, had emerged as the public face of the series. “The Fate of the Furious” retires Walker’s character.

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There are some new elements that the producers hope will enliven a franchise now well into its second decade. Charlize Theron has a memorable turn as a hacker villain and Helen Mirren becomes perhaps the first RADA-trained actress to appear in the series. After largely sitting out “Furious 7,” Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has a more substantial role in this sequel (although his off-screen feud with Diesel led to some unwelcome press). Then there’s F. Gary Gray, who fresh from the box office success of “Straight Outta Compton” slides into the director’s chair, looking to inject a darker tone into a series that’s best known for its gravity-defying car chases.

As for Diesel, ever one to keep expectations low, he has publicly promised that “The Fate of the Furious” will be “the best film you ever saw.” Even if it falls far short of that lofty prediction, it still promises to mint money.

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  1. Harry McNicholas says:

    I saw the movie today and thought it was much better than 7. More story and more actors.

  2. This is the best part of Fast and Furious series.
    Im a big fan of this movie.

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  5. Art Mooney says:

    I can’t enjoy this franchise anymore. These clowns ruined it by getting into politics. Tough to enjoy a movie filled with people you now loathe for their irredeemable stupidity. Studios need to put a gag order on their fist puppets the same way they should, say, prevent them partaking in risky behavior IRL whilst in production. Its hard to root for a hero whom you know is anything but. Good riddance F&F.

    • Rex says:

      Attention everyone! “Art Mooney” will not be seeing this movie because he discovered Hollywood people hold opinions contrary to his own. Probably best to just stop making them now, as this one will surely flop without revenue from Mr. “Mooney” and his kind.

      On the plus side, avoiding this movie will allow Mr. “Mooney” more time to post his steaming republitard condescension on websites devoted to and industry that has been left-leaning since its inception.

  6. Cha-Ching! says:

    The movie trailer looks insipid and boring. It’s the same BS that I saw in the first three films before bailing on the moronic retelling of the same old story over and over again. Fast cars, explosions, idiot thugs doing death defying daredevil stunts, and never dying accidentally, let alone getting shot or scratched, despite all the wrecks, and spraying of bullets. That said, so happy for all the minorities that have been able to ride this one franchise to unprecedented financial success. Ludacis, Tyrese, the Latina, they make so much bank from these idiotic films that they pump out every year, that they don’t need to become serious actors. Lol, all the way to the bank!!!!!

    • just a dude says:

      Movie looks amazing, as are all of them. It’s not the Godfather, and it’s not 2001. But I’m not coming to the theater for Kubrick when I come for a FF movie. I’m coming for the other side of that coin. For every great Nolan film, I also want to just watch illegitimate superheroes do insane stunts with colorful cars.

      If the next one isn’t in space, I’ll honestly be disappointed.

  7. Bill B. says:

    I just don’t get it.

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