– by Joseph Jammer Medina

The Fast & Furious franchise has officially expanded into a much bigger universe. No longer are we following Dominic Toretto, but instead the hero Luke Hobbs and the villain-turned-anti-hero Deckard Shaw. Star Dwayne Johnson has been pushing this one for a long time, but would audiences actually take to something as ridiculous and over-the-top as Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw.

Well, we have our first indication in the form of Thursday numbers. According to TheWrap, the film took in $5.8 million in its opening showtimes across the country. This puts the movie on track to take in $60 million-plus in its opening weekend. But how does it compare to the other films in the franchise?

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Well, The Fate of the Furious, the most recent film in the core franchise, took in $10.4 million on Thursday, and it went on to make $98.7 million. With that in mind, the $57 to $60 million projections from Universal makes a lot of sense. 

This may seem like a muted opening, but one of the things to consider is that the film is going to rely heavily on overseas sales…so we’ll have to wait and see how it all shakes out.

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.