Magazine article Screen International

Will 'The Fate of the Furious' Score a $400M Global Bow?

Magazine article Screen International

Will 'The Fate of the Furious' Score a $400M Global Bow?

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Studio executives have their eyes on $400m this weekend as The Fate Of The Furious aims to deliver the best worldwide opening weekend of the series.

Two years ago Furious 7 set the high-water mark when it arrived on $397.7m worldwide and $250.5m internationally.

This time around the inclusion of China and Russia in the opening weekend salvo could drive a higher international number, even if the overall profile and number of markets will not deliver an exact comparison.

While a $400m-plus debut for the film directed by F. Gary Gray would deliver a huge result, especially in light of the strong dollar, several other releases have achieved this and 2015 smash Star Wars: The Force Awakens remains the biggest global opening in history on $528.9m.

North America is tracking to open in the $100m region, compared to Furious 7's $147.2m debut, which observers say was inflated due to the curiosity factor of watching the late Paul Walker, who died before production was completed, in his last role in the franchise.

Furious 7 debuted in China and Russia one week after most of the international arena, earning $68.8m on Sunday April 12, 2015, and $15.9m over four days on the same weekend, respectively.

The seventh episode went on to become the biggest release of all time in China on $391m - or $352m in today's terms given the dramatic drop of the RMB against the dollar.

The Fate Of The Furious is already offto a flying start in China and by Tuesday the first three days had registered a record $22m in pre-sales. …

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