The Fate Of The Furious Races To A $100 Million Domestic Opening!

– by Joseph Medina

comScore today announced the official worldwide weekend box office estimates for the weekend of April 16, 2017, as compiled by the company’s theatrical measurement services.

In news that surprises virtually no one, The Fate of the Furious, the eighth entry in the long-running Fast & Furious franchise, absolutely dominated the box office in its first weekend, taking in just north of $100 million in its opening Easter weekend. By comparison, Furious 7 made around $147 million in its first weekend, but considering that that was released in the wake of star Paul Walker’s death, it’s an unfair comparison. For a better comparison, we can look to Fast & Furious 6, which took in $97 million in its opening weekend. All in all, taking Paul Walker out of the equation, Fate of the Furious is the latest in an overall upward trend for the franchise. Also worth noting, Fate received a CinemaScore rating of an A, meaning that those who went to the film generally came out getting exactly what they had hoped. This means that the film could potentially have strong legs down the line, especially since next weekend won't see any huge releases. We’ll talk about a few other domestic films before discussing Fate’s impact on a global level.

In second this weekend is The Boss Baby, which has been surprisingly resilient. However, given that there are very little big movies to compete with its core demographic (kids and families), we suppose that shouldn’t be too big of a surprise. 

On The Boss Baby’s heels is none other than Beauty and the Beast, which is not only hanging, but managed to cross $1 billion this past week.

Take a look and see how these actual numbers compare to the predictions from our very own Weekend Warrior!

Now, let’s talk worldwide numbers. 

comScore’s Senior Media Analyst Paul Dergarabedian commented, "Universal’s The Fate of the Furious, the eighth film in the popular franchise, revved up and hit the gas with a monumental biggest-ever global opening weekend of $532.5 million, including a massive debut in China, where the film posted the biggest 3-day opening weekend of all-time."

That’s right. $532.5 million in its opening weekend. For reference, it has beaten both Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Jurassic World for largest worldwide opening of all time. Granted, it’s very possible it’s because Furious opened in certain strategic regions to help lock down that title. When all said and done, it’s unlikely that it’ll beat their overall box office numbers, as Furious 7 wasn’t even able to beat them, and given Walker’s death prior to that film’s release, there was a lot more buzz surrounding it.

But make no mistake. This is another huge win for the Fast & Furious franchise.

The top 10 domestic weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, April 16, are below.

  1. Fate Of The Furious, The - Universal - $100.2M
  2. Boss Baby, The - 20th Century Fox - $15.5M
  3. Beauty And The Beast - Disney - $13.6M
  4. Smurfs: The Lost Village - Sony - $6.5M
  5. Going in Style - Warner Bros. - $6.4M
  6. Gifted - Fox Searchlight - $3M
  7. Get Out - Universal - $2.9M
  8. Power Rangers - Lionsgate - $2.9M
  9. Case for Christ, The - Pure Flix - $2.7M
  10. Kong: Skull Island - Warner Bros. - $2.7M

The top 10 worldwide weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, April 16, are below.

  1. Fate Of The Furious, The - Universal - $532.5M
  2. Boss Baby, The - 20th Century Fox - $52.3M 
  3. Beauty And The Beast - Disney - $35.6M
  4. Smurfs: The Lost Village - Sony - $22.9M
  5. Chinese Odyssey Part Two: Cinderella, A - Multiple - $12M
  6. Ghost in the Shell - Paramount - $10.7M
  7. Going in Style - Warner Bros. - $10.7M
  8. Kong: Skull Island - Warner Bros. - $6.5M
  9. Power Rangers - Lionsgate - $5.6M
  10. Shack, The - Lionsgate - $4.8M

What do you think of The Fate of the Furious absolutely dominating the box office this weekend? Did it do as well as you thought? Let us know in the comments down below!

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SOURCES: comScore, Box Office MojoCinemaScore

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