As of Saturday night, “The Fate of the Furious” has entered the billion-dollar club, becoming only the fifth Universal Pictures film in history to do so.
The eighth installment of the “Fast and the Furious” franchise has grossed $192.7 million domestically and a staggering $867.6 million internationally after just two weeks of release. Deadline notes that “Fate” has so far raked in $361 million in China, surpassing “Furious 7” to become the highest-grossing import ever.
Directed by F. Gary Gray (“Straight Outta Compton”), the film finds Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto coerced by a cyberterrorist named Cipher (Charlize Theron) to turn against his team. They’re joined by franchise veterans Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel, Elsa Pataky and Kurt Russell, and newcomers Scott Eastwood and Helen Mirren.
“The Fate of the Furious” opened April 14 with a record-shattering $532.5 million worldwide — that’s the largest global debut of all time — and taking the top spot at the box office in every market. It held on to No. 1 domestically, internationally and globally in its first two weekends of release, a feat it’s expected to repeat once the final receipts are counted on Monday.
The film added $68.4 million overseas this weekend, with China accounting for $20.1 million, and Japan, where it made its debut, adding $7.5 million. That’s a record opening in Japan for the Universal franchsie.