The Fate of the Furious just passed the $1 billion mark in just its third weekend. The blockbuster eighth installment of the Fast & Furious franchise has done nothing but dominate the global box office since hitting theaters two weeks ago, and its third go-around was no exception. After hitting $500 million worldwide in its opening weekend, the movie surpassed $900 million in its second, with a round $1 billion in its sights for weekend No. 3.
Internationally it now has serious competition from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which made a whopping $101 million in its first weekend, but with Marvel's latest not out domestically until May 5th that gave it the chance to still dominate the US box office and hit that target.
As reported by Variety, The Fate of the Furious officially crossed the $1 billion mark on Saturday, bringing its global total to $1.06 billion in just three weekends in theaters. The movie dominated the domestic box office for the third weekend in a row with $19.4 million in 4,077 theaters.
The surprise hit How to Be a Latin Lover came in second place with an impressive $12 million. The critically panned The Circle, meanwhile, couldn't event beat out Bollywood epic Baahubali 2: The Conclusion's $10.5 million for third place, despite the latter playing in just 420 theaters. The Boss Baby rounded out the top-five with $9.1 million.
The big story here, though, is the continued dominance of Fast and Furious. The $1 billion milestone makes Fate the 21st highest-grossing movie of all time, just behind Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. The vast majority of the film's box office success has come internationally, with $867.6 million grossed overseas compared to only $192.7 million domestically. That lower US performance likely means the film is unlikely to match Furious 7's final haul of $1.5 billion, which places it as the fifth biggest movie of all time. Still, the bar has been set very high for the next two Fast & Furious movies, as well as Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham's spinoff.
Despite the significant commercial gains Fate, its days at the top are numbered with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hitting theaters next weekend. It will be interesting to see how The Fate of the Furious performs next week when the competition starts to overtake.
- The Fate of the Furious (2017) release date: Apr 14, 2017