China Box Office: ‘The Fate of the Furious’ Races Into Record Books With $190M Opening, $532.5M Globally
Director F. Gary Gray’s The Fate of the Furious has left everything else in the dust with China’s biggest three-day opening-weekend ever. The Universal film earned an astonishing $190 million from Friday to Sunday, according to early local estimates, proving that the Vin Diesel-starring action franchise remains a singular phenomenon in the world’s most populous nation.
Thanks in large measure to China, Fate of the Furious opened to a record-breaking $432.2 million internationally and $532.2 million globally, eclipsing the $529 million debut of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
The film scored Hollywood’s biggest opening of all time In China and the second-largest opening overall in the country, behind only Stephen Chow’s The Mermaid (which actually makes for a somewhat awkward comparison, given that the latter received four full days of previews over Chinese New Year in 2016).
The previous film in the franchise, Furious 7, opened to $64 million, including previews, in 2015, and went on to pull in $390 million, which remains the largest gross ever by a Hollywood film in China. Many analysts had wondered how much of that historic haul was fueled by the fact that Furious 7 was the final title starring Paul Walker, who died in a violent car crash in November 2013 during a hiatus from shooting.