The “Fast and the Furious” pedal earned another medal this weekend, with “The Fate of the Furious” grossing $ 1 billion.
As of Sunday, the eighth “Furious” installment has earned $ 192.7 million domestically and a whopping $ 867.6 million overseas, according to Universal Pictures’ estimates. It’s the 30th movie in history ― and the second in the franchise, after 2015’s “Furious 7” ― to join the billionaires’ club.
“The Fate of the Furious” pulled this off after just 17 days in theaters, the same amount it took “Furious 7.” The year’s first billion-dollar release, “Beauty and the Beast,” required almost a month to hit that mark. “Fate” is also the highest-grossing film directed by an African-American.
This news comes as no surprise, given the increasing international fervor surrounding these high-octane movies. Since “Fast & Furious,” the fourth movie in the series, was released in 2009, each installment has outpaced its predecessor domestically and globally. Universal, which is enjoying a bang-up year at the box office thanks to “Fate,” “Get Out” and “Split,” already has two more “Fast and the Furious” sequels planned, and studio executives have reportedly discussed a potential spin-off surrounding Dwayne Johnson’s and Jason Statham’s characters. Plus, as we pointed out a couple of weeks ago, “The Fate of the Furious” introduces a certain baby who could extend the story’s shelf life far beyond its current expiration date.
Other franchises with multiple $ 1 billion earners include “Star Wars,” “The Avengers,” “Transformers” and “Pirates of the Caribbean.”
In other weekend box-office news, “How To Be a Latin Lover” opened to a decent $ 12 million, while the big-screen adaptation of Dave Eggers’ popular cyber-panic novel “The Circle” collected $ 9.1 million, a drowsy figure for a title released on more than 3,000 screens. The weekend’s big surprise was the Indian fantasy “Baahubali 2: The Conclusion,” which took in an estimated $ 10 million despite a mere 425-theater opening.
The rest of the Top 10 includes “The Boss Baby,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Going in Style,” “Gifted,” “Smurfs: The Lost Village” and “Born in China.”
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