It was obvious that The Fate of the Furious was going to open big, with tracking suggesting $400 million plus for the eighth instalment of Universal’s blockbuster action franchise. However, it looks like the film is going to shatter that prediction, and is currently on course to surpass Star Wars: The Force Awakens for the biggest worldwide opening of all time.
Variety reports that The Fate of the Furious is on course to debut with $103.8 million domestically (the 38th biggest opening weekend), but it’s international gross is at a staggering $430.4 million, 36% higher than the previous record set by Jurassic World with $316.7 million. Leading the way is China, where the film grossed $65.6 million on Friday, the biggest single day of all time in that market.
Should these predictions hold, The Fate of the Furious would gross $534.2 million, breaking the current $529 million record set by The Force Awakens in December 2015.
UPDATE: The Fate of the Furious is now looking at a global haul of $532.5 million – made up of $100.2 million domestic and $432.2 million international (including a record in China of $192 million) – which puts it ahead of The Force Awakens and gives the Universal sequel the biggest worldwide opening of all time.
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