With less than a week until the release of “The Fate of the Furious,” the eighth film in the blockbuster “Fast and The Furious” franchise is set to become a massive hit. According to The Hollywood Reporter and the Beijing-based box-office tracker Ent Group, presale tickets in China for the upcoming movie have already broken records. This indicates that “The Fate of The Furious” might go on to surpass its predecessor, 2015's “Furious 7,” in box office sales.
The statistic is an impressive one, especially since “Furious 7” made over $390 in China back in 2015 while also breaking opening-day records with a $68.8 million haul. "Furious 7" went on to then become China’s largest imported film of all time, making more money than it did in North America.
The latest report indicates that “The Fate of The Furious” has already earned $18.1 million in advance ticket sales; this is more than the country’s previous record holder “Journey Into the West: The Demons Strike Back,” which made $14.6 million in advanced ticket sales. Presales for the latest “Fast and The Furious” movie started back on April 2.
While it’s difficult to pinpoint what the opening weekend numbers will look like exactly, the movie is still seeing revenue from presales, encouraging estimates to go up, rather than down. With “The Fate of The Furious” quickly speeding ahead of any other movie in China’s history, especially with regards to advance ticket sales, Universal is paying close attention to their film’s performance.
Directed by F. Gary Gray (“Straight Outta Compton,” “The Italian Job”), the film stars returning franchise veterans Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel, Elsa Pataky and Kurt Russell, joined by newcomers Charlize Theron, Scott Eastwood and Helen Mirren. “The Fate of the Furious” opens April 14.