'Fate Of The Furious' Surpasses 'The Force Awakens', Setting New Opening Weekend Record

Apr 18, 2017 05:52 AM EDT | Joyce Vega

"Fate Of The Furious", which is the eighth installment of the Fast and the Furious franchise, just had a record-breaking start that it even surpassed "Star Wars: The Force Awakens". The film’s debut this weekend gained $100.2 million nationally and $432.3 million internationally.

According to Gamespot, internationally, "The Fate of the Furious" is starting to get ahead of the last movie, Furious 7. In the US, however, there is a significant difference in numbers. Furious 7 got a solid $147 million for its opening weekend last 2015. This weekend, "Fate Of The Furious" earned $100.2. They said that the "The Fate of the Furious" had a budget of $250 million, indicating that the numbers gained this weekend is a good start for the film.

Fortune also reported that The Fate of the Furious' global record opening is better than the domestic numbers, revealing that international movie market has a significant impact most especially to countries like China. In China, The Fate of the Furious sold a record $190 million in tickets over the weekend. This number in China can set a record as box office record for a foreign film which is currently set by Furious 7 at $390 million in 2015. 

The Fate of the Furious has greatly profited from China’s speedy expansion in movie theaters in the past years. They have been expanding and expecting growth in the industry. In fact, China is the world’s second-largest movie market next to the US.

The numbers are not just good news for the Fast and the Furious franchise, but it also opens doors for other Hollywood films. Record breaking openings like The Fate of the Furious can encourage a good relationship with China. Right now, China’s film regulators are slowly lightening their restrictions, especially that there is an obvious growth in the movie industry in 2016.

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