Box Office Record: Furious 8: Fate Of The Furious Breaks China Box Office Record
Universal’s Fate of The Furious has broken China’s Box Office record!
Historically, no Hollywood movie has ever earned as much as Furious 8 has done so far in local currency in the massive Chinese film market.
The Fate of the Furious, starring Vin Diesel is now Hollywood’s top-grossing film ever in China.
On Saturday, the latest installment of the Fast and The Furious franchise earned a staggering 2.44 billion yuan (about $350 million) at the Chinese box office.
Furious 8 overtook its predecessor Furious 7, which earned an historic 2.42 billion yuan in 2015.
Furious 8 after its release on April 14, starring franchise mainstays Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson, smashed China’s all-time opening-weekend records for an international film with a huge debut of $190 million.
In all, Universal’s The Fate of the Furious topped the chart in its third weekend with $19.4 million from 4,077 theaters for a domestic total of $192.7 million.
Globally, the eighth installment of the Fast and the Furious action series shot past the $1 billion mark after clearing a massive $867.6 million offshore, including a record-breaking $361 million in China.
Fate of The Furious Tops China Box Office Record
Following in second place in the United States is the movie, How to be a Latin Lover with $12 million from only 1,000 locations.
The movie performed well ahead of expectations and marking the biggest opening to date for Pantelion Films.
Patelion, co-owned by Lionsgate and Televisa is a label devoted to movies targeting Hispanic audiences.
Prior to the release of Furious 8, many analysts wondered how much of Furious 7’s huge success should be attributed to a “farewell Paul Walker” effect.
Walker who last appeared in the 7th installment of the Furious series had died in a violent car crash during a filming recess for Furious 7 in 2013.
Thus, Fast 8’s chances of taking its predecessor’s title were considered quite uncertain.
In U.S. currency, Furious 7 still remains slightly ahead.
Furious 8 will continue to add to its local currency record until Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 opens in China on May 5, so it may yet top Furious 7 in unadjusted U.S dollar terms too.