The Fate Of The Furious directed by F. Gary Gray, raced to a record-shattering $532 million global debut over Easter weekend, eclipsing Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($529 million) to secure the biggest worldwide launch of all time. The movie grossed $98.8 million domestically and $433.2 million overseas.
The Fast & Furious franchise continues to reveal the massive importance of the international movie market, especially in countries like China, where it sold a record $190 million in tickets over the weekend. The tentpole debuted at No. 1 in all 63 foreign markets.
The film, which stars Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, and was directed by F. Gary Gray, is the highest-grossing opening for an African American director ever, according to Universal.
In North America, Furious 8 scored the second-biggest launch of the franchise behind Furious 7‘s $147 million. Furious 7 (2015) was the final film in the series to star Paul Walker, who died in a tragic car crash in November 2013. Globally, Furious 7 launched to $397.7 million (it didn’t open in China until a week later).
“This is an astonishing feat for a decade and a half old franchise that launched as a marginalized car culture movie with no stars and no imaginings of a long-term franchise future,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at comScore.
With Chinese regulators gradually lightening restrictions on foreign releases in order to put the movie industry’s growth back on track. A major blockbuster like The Fate of the Furious could not have come at a better time for China.