'The Fate of the Furious' breaks international records with $532 million worldwide debut
This weekend saw The Fate of the Furious deliver on domestic expectations, pushing past reigning champ The Boss Baby with a $100.1 million gross. Nothing out of the ordinary here: a big opening—the second highest of the year, in fact, after Beauty and the Beast—but not a big enough opening to surpass Furious 7’s $147.1 million. But that’s just stateside. The real story here belongs to The Fate of the Furious’ international numbers, which are furious indeed.
What exactly are we talking here? The Fate of the Furious debuted in 60+ international territories, grabbing the number one spot in all of them and the record for largest opening in seventeen, among them China, where it pulled in a massive $190 million. Add individual markets up, and you have a record-shattering $432.3 million international debut. (The previous record for highest international opening was set by Jurassic World, which opened to a paltry-by-comparison $316.7 million in 2015.) Fate's $532.5 million worldwide opening surpasses that of previous record holder Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($529 million). Territories where The Fate of the Furious has yet to open include Poland, Japan and Romania.
With The Fate of the Furious scooping up moviegoers left, right and center, the rest of the top five looks pretty lackluster by comparison. Number two finisher The Boss Baby brought in $15.5 million in its third weekend for a domestic total of $116.3 to date. Beauty and the Beast inches ever closer to the $500 million mark, with its $13.6 million weekend gross bringing its domestic cume to $454.6 million. Worldwide, the live-action Disney remake is sitting pretty at just over $1 billion. Despite expanding from 56 theatres to 1,146, Fox Searchlight’s Gifted was unable to crack the top five, its $3 million gross putting it behind fellow second-week holdovers Smurfs: The Lost Village (weekend gross $6.5 million, total gross $24.7 million) and Going in Style ($6.3 million, total gross $23.3 million).
Among new limited releases, the highest earner was Roadside Attractions’ historical golfing drama Tommy’s Honour, which opened to $218,920 on 167 screens. The Lost City of Z won the per-theatre average race with $112,633 on four screens, putting its $28,158 PTA a smidge past The Fate of the Furious’ $23,244. Also new to theatres were Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer ($103,664 on five screens), Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary ($15,880), My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea ($15,215 on three screens), Heal the Living ($3,176 on two screens) and Finding Oscar ($3,000 on a single screen). And finally, there’s Open Road Films’ animated offering Spark: A Space Tail. “Spark” is the wrong word for this one, which earned $112,352 on 365 screens for an embarrassing $308 per-theatre average.