SATURDAY AM UPDATE: The Fate Of The Furious is not slowing down overseas this weekend — particularly in China where a record-setting debut has helped drive the international box office to $194.8M through Friday. Universal’s eighth installment in the franchise is on track for a $430.4M overseas opening frame and a $534.2M worldwide bow — both new all-time records.
Up to now, Universal’s own Jurassic World has held the international box office opening title at $316.7M and this baby is lapping that by over $100M. Worldwide, F8 is expected to bust through the $529M barrier set by Star Wars: The Force Awakens, also in 2015. Its projected $534.2M includes a studio-estimated $103.8M domestically this session.
The new spin on the 16-year-old series is also beating its predecessor. F7 opened to $250.5M overseas and $397.7M worldwide. The big swing this time around is having China included in the launch (Russia, too). Folks ahead of the weekend were seeing this in the mid-$300s overseas, with some going as high as $400M. But it was always going to hinge on the Middle Kingdom, and the film’s performance there is staggering.
After racing off the starting block at midnight on Thursday in China, the actioner tallied a Friday box office of $65.6M (451.6M RMB), a new benchmark for the biggest single day ever. The three-day weekend estimate is $192M (1.322M RMB), making it the top three-day opening of all time in the PROC.
Now playing in 62 overseas markets, F8 is burning rubber elsewhere around the globe. It is the clear No. 1 in all hubs and the full Friday offshore was $112.1M — Universal International’s highest grossing Friday of all time. With this extra diesel in the tank, Universal topped $1B in 2017 overseas box office yesterday, the studio’s 11th consecutive year (and its second quickest) to the milestone. The Fast & Furious franchise has also now topped $4B globally.
F8 has had the biggest opening day of all films ever in 16 territories: Argentina, China, Colombia, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Israel, Lebanon, Malaysia, Middle East, Pakistan, Peru, Portugal, South Africa, U.A.E. and Venezuela.
The F Gary Gray-directed continuation of the saga is Universal’s biggest opening day ever in 22 territories, including Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, Germany and India. For the franchise, it’s the top bow ever in 38 territories, including Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Korea and Mexico.
The film has already outpaced the international lifetime totals of The Fast And The Furious ($62.9M), 2 Fast 2 Furious ($109M) and The Fast and The Furious: Tokyo Drift ($96M). Today, it will race past Fast & Furious ($197.7M); on Sunday it will beat Furious Five ($401.3M).
There are five more territories to open with Japan notably speeding in on April 28.
FRIDAY UPDATE 10:29 AM: The Fate of the Furious, which last night grabbed $10.4M previews domestically, is going into overdrive in the international marketplace as Universal rolled out its goldmine IP to 33 more territories last night. It looks like it will be chalking up records easily in China, if estimates hold. The eighth installment of the franchise grossed another impressive $58.4M in foreign markets, adding to its previous total of $19.7M yesterday. So, to date, it has grossed $82.2M internationally … but much more when you figure what is being estimated in China (see below).
Thursday’s gross from 41 markets is Universal Pictures’ highest-grossing Thursday ever, besting the previous record set by Furious 7 with $43M.
China kicked off with record-breaking midnight shows on Thursday grossing $8.7M (60M RMB). Early estimates show China’s Friday box office at $55.2M (that is not included in the overall $82.2M gross).
If that estimate holds, it will be the biggest opening day of all time in China for any film as well as the biggest single-day box office in the Middle Kingdom, in local currency. Furious 7 previously held the record at 346M RMB and F8 drove to at least 380M RMB. It also marks the biggest Friday ever. The thinking is by the end of the day, the film may tally out with around $64M in one day.
To put the single-day opening in China for The Fate of the Furious into perspective, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter grossed $33M its first day in China and $70M after two days in the Middle Kingdom. xXx: Return of Xander Cage took in $61.3M — in three days. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story had a $31M opening weekend. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation took in roughly $53M in four days.
Also, the distribution pattern for F7 was different in 2015 as it opened on a Sunday so that comp is slightly askew. Nevertheless, F7 enjoyed Saturday previews of $8.5M (52RMB) and a Sunday opening of $55.7M (or 346 RMB) for a first day of $64.2M (398 RMB).
Hollywood’s biggest box office draws in the county has been Furious 7 ($391M), Avengers: Age Of Ultron ($240M), Jurassic World ($229M), and Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation ($137M). China’s 2016 overall box office tallied $6.77B. compared to the domestic box office last year which was a little over $11B.
The Fate of the Furious opens in 22 more territories today but so far, the franchise film has raced across a number of territories, mowing down records in a number of countries. It had the biggest opening day in 11 markets — Argentina, Colombia, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Israel, Lebanon, Malaysia, Peru, Portugal and U.A.E. In addition, it enjoyed the biggest opening of all the previous franchise films in 25 markets, including Germany, Italy, Korea and Mexico.
The film also nows holds the studio’s best in 14 territories, including Argentina, Colombia, Germany, and Mexico.
PREVIOUSLY, Thurs. 10:34 AM: Universal’s The Fate Of The Furious has roared off the starting block. In eight offshore markets on Wednesday, it put $7.9M in the international box office tank. Include previews in 12 others and that figure rises to $19.7M.
Meanwhile in China, weekend pre-sales totaled $43.5M two hours before Thursday midnights began. That is an all-time record.
Directed by F. Gary Gray, F8 has had the biggest opening of 2017 in every market where it has been released so far (this does not include China… yet). China kicked off its Thursday midnight screenings at 9:00 AM PT.
In 2015, Furious 7 bowed to $250.5M across the Easter weekend launch. Ahead of F8’s opening, industry estimates for the overseas debut were running from $275M-$330M with some sources believing that $350M to even $400M is possible. Anything over Jurassic World‘s $316.7M would be the biggest overseas opening ever. But that’s going to depend on China which will be the swing factor. The Middle Kingdom officially jumps into the race tomorrow. Clearly, it is already revving the engines. The film had earlier this week beaten IMAX pre-sales, and now overall pre-sales records are in the dust in the PROC.
With Friday included, F8 will be at 20K locations in 63 foreign territories along with North America where previews start tonight. The only major market not releasing this frame is Japan. There are 55 more territories to open this weekend including 33 today.
So far, the family has the biggest opening day of all time in Egypt and Indonesia as well as the No. 1 opening day for the Fast & Furious franchise in Belgium, Egypt, Indonesia and Korea. Also, it racked up the biggest paid previews of all time in Malaysia, Singapore, Venezuela and Vietnam.
Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriquez and more are joined this time around by Charlize Theron, Helen Mirren and Scott Eastwood. Members of the F8 cast, whose international draw is key to the franchise’s success alongside the automotive antics, have been rounding the globe to energize fans and rev buzz. Stops included Beijing, Berlin, Paris, London and Madrid.