Box Office Wrap Up: F8 and Fortune.
The Fate of the Furious took the world by storm and zoomed past 500 million worldwide on opening weekend.
April got a much needed lift this week when Universal’s cash machine, The Fast and Furious, lit up markets around the globe. The franchise has been a license to print money, and while it did not beat Furious 7 for domestic opening figures, a smart same-day launch worldwide broke international records.
Box Office History.
April has been extremely kind to the Fast and Furious series. Furious 7 hold the current record for domestic earnings in April, and the franchise as a whole has had the biggest movie in April four times in the last decade. Furious 7, bolstered by fans supporting the last appearance of the late Paul Walker, still has the high-water mark for the franchise, but F8 could eventually surpass its total earnings.
As a whole, the box office got a nice injection of nitrous from F8. This frame is up 44% from last week and a whopping 68% from last year. Fate of the Furious currently has the third highest grossing Easter holiday weekend earnings domestically.
Top Three Movies.
Expectations were high that F8 would crack 450 million dollars in total sales. The targeted release of the film in nearly every major market simultaneously created a gala event for the franchise which has already cemented itself as an international darling.
F8 crushed those expectations.
A worldwide take of 532 million dollars broke the record for a foreign market debut, cruising past Jurassic World with 433 million dollars. It also shattered the worldwide earnings mark for an opening weekend, surpassing The Force Awakens. At home, it cruised to 100 million dollars and first place, ranking as the second highest debut in the series behind Furious 7.
Second place went to The Boss Baby, which has cruised to a three week total of 116 million dollars.
The third spot went to Beauty and the Beast, which has made a total of 454 million dollars domestically for Disney.
The Fate of the Furious was the only wide release to hit theaters, so very little changed from last week’s rankings. One big shift is that Fox Searchlight’s decision to expand the Chris Evans family drama, Gifted, paid off with a 3 million dollar take, good enough for 6th place.