The Eighth Film in the Fast & Furious Franchise Knocks Star Wars Down a Peg…
Thanks to Chinese ticket sales, The Fate of the Furious sets a new worldwide box office record for its opening weekend. Previously, the record was set by Star Wars: The Force Awakens which brought in $529 million globally during its opening weekend in 2015. However, the eighth film in the Fast & Furious franchise was able to out duel Star Wars by raking in over $532 million dollars. Something tells me the eighth film in the Star Wars franchise will reclaim the top seat at the end of the year.
Despite the world record setting weekend, the Fast & Furious franchise actually took a step back for American audiences. In 2013, Furious 7 made over $147 million during its opening weekend. The Fate of the Furious only (only?) made around $100 million this past weekend with American ticket sales.
It’s laughable that The Fate of the Furious now holds this record, the movie really isn’t that good. You can check out my review of the film over here. I think the real lesson from this record-setting weekend is to try your best to coordinate your international and domestic releases for the same weekend. The film made over $190 million in the Chinese movie market.
Thanks to these international ticket sales you can expect plenty more Fast & Furious films. The executives at Universal are currently crashing Hot Wheels through piles of cash coming up with the next film’s script. When will it end?
So what do you think of this record-setting weekend? Do you think The Last Jedi is capable of reclaiming the record for Star Wars? Let us know in the comments below.