– by Joseph Jammer Medina

It’s hard to tell if Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw is doing well enough for Universal. Ironically enough, its opening weekend of $60 million fell right within projections, but that didn’t stop it from being one of the lowest performers in the franchise domestically. Additionally, given its $200 million price tag, it needs to make a hefty buck to break even.

According to Variety, it needs to make in the neighborhood of $600 million to accomplish that feat, and right now, it’s only made $442 million worldwide. But it does have one thing on its side: China. The film has yet to open in China, which looks to be one of its biggest markets, thanks to its love of Fast & Furious and Dwayne Johnson.

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For reference, in China alone, The Fate of the Furious took in $393 million, and its predecessor brought in $391 million. While I don’t think we can expect it to pull those numbers, at least a couple hundred million doesn’t seem out of the question. Coupled with the rest of the world, the neighborhood of $700 million or more does seem like a real possibility, which could be enough to justify a sequel.

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SOURCE: Variety

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.