It’s official: The Fast and Furious 8 movie has hit $1 billion U.S dollars at the box office. Convert that to Aussie dollars and you’ve got… a fuck tonne of money.
Yes, the weekend box office has been released, and it’s safe to say Universal will be as happy as a hungry person whose meal comes really quickly in a restaurant. Or maybe even happier, I don’t know. The point is, The Fate of the Furious has become the studio’s fifth film to breach the one billion dollar mark. Congrats folks, I’m sure you needed the money.
If you do not know The Fate of the Furious, it’s a crazy car explosion fighting driving stuff movie that features Vin Diesel, The Rock, and every single Hollywood actor ever. The Fast and Furious‘ 8th movie follows Furious 7, Fast and Furious 5, Fast Five, and Fast You Get the Fucking Point. Etc.
And the crazy thing is, with box office stats like these, it’s difficult to see Universal pulling the breaks (yes, pun intended) on this franchise any time soon. Indeed, Furious 7 is one of the studio’s big five, grossing a whopping $1.52 billion. That’s like $1.52 billion more than I have. In total, the franchise has grossed over 4 BILLION DOLLARINOS. So basically what I’m trying to say is THIS FRANCHISE IS NEVER GOING TO END!
The Fate of the Furious’ box office statistics are remarkable…
The stats are pretty hectic. Furious 8’s opening weekend was the biggest of all time. It racked in a total of $542M, $98.8M of which being domestic, and $443.2M global, which also happens to be a global record. In China, it debuted just short of $200M ($199.1M), setting a new opening weekend benchmark. It continued to break every Chinese box office record there is (biggest opening weekend, biggest opening week, biggest amount of movies in a single fucking franchise).
In fact, The Fate of the Furious has already surpassed the revenue of the first six Fast & Furious movies combined. Other awesome achievements include being the highest-grossing film from an African American director ever, the biggest-grossing movie of 2017, and the No. 10 title ever.
And Universal’s reasons for champagne and money baths continue. The opening weekend was the studio’s top launch ever in 28 territories, including China, India, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Malaysia and Indonesia. 20 of these broke the countries’ opening weekend records.
Safe to say, Furious 8 has made a lot of money in a lot of places.
Is The Fate of the Furious a good movie?
So does this mean The Fate of the Furious is a good movie? Umm… no. It’s basically exactly what you’d expect of a film reliant on cars and explosions, especially one that comes eighth in the franchise. But would Universal care?
If anything, this goes to show that to make money, you don’t need to make a good movie. Hell, look at Suicide Squad, aka the shittiest thing ever. That still made some serious bank.
For the creatives and true movie lovers/appreciators out there, you may be disappointed at the success of Furious 8. But for the people who love the franchise, especially Universal, they wouldn’t give a fuck.
If you haven’t watched the massive blockbuster yet, you should probably read this five things you need to know.