Weekend Actuals: ‘Fate of the Furious’ Revs Up Largest Global Opening Weekend Ever w/ $531.9M, $98.7M Domestic

'Beauty and the Beast' Top 100 Highest Domestic Grossers Ever, Adjusted for Inflation

Monday Update: The largest global opening weekend ever was the “fate” of one of the unlikeliest blockbuster franchises in history, as Universal’s action adventure The Fate of the Furious knocked off the previously-untouchable Star Wars this weekend.

Fate took in $531.9 million worldwide, squeaking past the $529.0 million global start of Star Wars: The Force Awakens from December 2015. (Asterisk: Force also notched the global weekend record despite not opening in China until a month later, while Fate opened in China from the start.) It also bests the $397.7 million start of previous series installment Furious 7 in April 2015, which was previously the fifth-best global weekend all time, now sixth-best.

Counting overseas grosses alone, Fate began with $433.2 million, absolutely shattering previous record holder Jurassic World with $316.7 million in June 2015. It also towers over the $250.5 million overseas-only start of Furious 7, previously the high mark for the franchise and sixth-best overseas start all time, now seventh-best. And its $192.1 million opening weekend in China is also a new record, beating previous record $182.4 million from Furious 7.

Domestically, Fate began with an estimated $98.7 million. While that’s great, it’s below some analysts’ pre-release estimates, some of which had it potentially opening to $120+ million. This installment earned “only” the 66th-best domestic opening weekend of all time, adjusted for inflation. In fact, adjusted for inflation, it starts third-highest of the eight Furious series installments — well below the $147.1 million debut of Furious 7 and just below the $100.5 million inflation-adjusted opening of Fast & Furious 6.

Still, Universal has nothing to complain about here. Any slight underwhelming domestic gross is more than cancelled out by the mammoth overseas total. In fact, of the 100 best global opening weekends of all time, Fate posted by far the highest percentage from overseas with an estimated 81.4 percent. That’s far larger than the previous record holder, 2011’s Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides with 74.3 percent. Fate represents Exhibit A of this decade’s unprecedented importance of non-U.S. markets to global box office receipts.

Our Sunday studio weekend estimates article, which contains more analysis, is below the weekend actuals table.

Weekend Actuals for Friday, April 14 – Sunday, April 16, 2017:

WIDE (1000+)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 The Fate of the Furious $98,786,705 4,310 $22,920 $98,786,705 1 Universal
2 The Boss Baby $16,012,349 -39% 3,743 -86 $4,278 $116,793,579 3 Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3 Beauty and the Beast $13,705,122 -42% 3,592 -377 $3,815 $454,720,873 5 Disney
4 Smurfs: The Lost Village $6,714,300 -49% 3,610 0 $1,860 $24,945,059 2 Sony / Columbia
5 Going in Style $6,288,402 -47% 3,076 15 $2,044 $23,318,880 2 Warner Bros. / New Line
6 Gifted $3,079,308 590% 1,146 1090 $2,687 $4,449,330 2 Fox Searchlight
7 Get Out $2,985,945 -26% 1,424 -150 $2,097 $167,615,960 8 Universal
8 Power Rangers $2,814,175 -55% 2,171 -807 $1,296 $80,527,923 4 Lionsgate
9 The Case For Christ $2,758,271 -30% 1,386 212 $1,990 $8,485,975 2 Pure Flix
10 Kong: Skull Island $2,707,371 -51% 2,018 -735 $1,342 $161,284,775 6 Warner Bros.
11 Ghost in the Shell $2,463,906 -66% 2,135 -1305 $1,154 $37,087,189 3 Paramount / DreamWorks
12 The Zookeeper’s Wife $2,023,845 -25% 1,057 251 $1,915 $10,626,800 3 Focus Features
13 Logan $1,937,295 -52% 1,415 -533 $1,369 $221,656,574 7 Fox
14 The Shack $654,814 -40% 1,048 -60 $625 $56,078,874 7 Lionsgate / Summit

LIMITED (100 — 999)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 Your Name. $733,722 -60% 292 -19 $2,513 $3,369,779 2 FUNimation Entertainment
2 Life (2017) $632,193 -73% 605 -1183 $1,045 $28,591,649 4 Sony / Columbia
3 The LEGO Batman Movie $376,681 1% 344 -1 $1,095 $173,818,349 10 Warner Bros.
4 Split $281,095 312% 128 7 $2,196 $137,827,505 13 Universal
5 CHiPs $269,123 -80% 393 -958 $685 $17,907,506 4 Warner Bros.
6 T2: Trainspotting $234,714 -12% 331 172 $709 $1,979,488 7 Sony
7 Tommy’s Honour $208,776 167 $1,250 $47,901,014 1 Roadside Attractions
8 John Wick: Chapter 2 $164,060 6% 208 46 $789 $55,588,120 10 Lionsgate / Summit
9 Hidden Figures $155,018 -42% 194 -94 $799 $168,557,515 17 Fox
10 Frantz $138,311 -6% 106 24 $1,305 $572,969 5 Music Box Films
11 Spark: A Space Tail $116,873 365 $320 $116,873 1 Open Road Films
12 La La Land $105,008 -35% 219 -5 $479 $150,885,846 19 Lionsgate / Summit
13 A Dog’s Purpose $93,325 -29% 149 -26 $626 $64,014,900 12 Universal
14 Lion $82,212 -47% 147 -56 $559 $51,521,438 21 Weinstein Company
15 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story $66,864 -56% 121 -56 $553 $532,069,811 18 Disney
16 Sing (2016) $61,755 -40% 132 -47 $468 $270,229,085 17 Universal

PLATFORM (1 — 99)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 Colossal $454,258 278% 98 94 $4,635 $607,733 2 Neon
2 Their Finest $346,779 355% 52 48 $6,669 $460,569 2 STX Entertainment
3 Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer $99,211 5 $19,842 $99,211 1 Sony Pictures Classics
4 Personal Shopper $72,343 -47% 85 -56 $851 $1,152,555 6 IFC Films
5 The Belko Experiment $71,870 -65% 88 -98 $817 $9,584,765 5 BH Tilt
6 The Devotion of Suspect X $41,687 -72% 21 -25 $1,985 $659,875 3 China Lion Films
7 Moana $33,087 -44% 65 -55 $509 $248,722,201 21 Disney
8 I am Not Your Negro $31,532 -45% 27 -16 $1,168 $6,963,135 11 Magnolia Pictures
9 Truman $30,479 67% 9 6 $3,387 $56,693 2 Filmrise
10 The Void $30,116 25 $1,205 $99,462 2 Cartilage Films
11 Cezanne and I $29,128 10% 22 6 $1,324 $92,544 3 Magnolia Pictures
12 After the Storm $25,477 -30% 38 3 $670 $201,713 5 Film Movement
13 Raw $23,175 -56% 32 -13 $724 $456,759 6 Focus World
14 Before I Fall $22,917 -65% 70 -198 $327 $12,193,182 7 Open Road
15 A United Kingdom $18,975 -55% 31 -26 $612 $3,822,673 10 Fox Searchlight
16 Graduation $17,981 74% 7 5 $2,569 $38,634 2 IFC Films / Sundance Selects
17 Land of Mine $16,976 -18% 26 -10 $653 $400,655 10 Sony Pictures Classics
18 Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary $16,626 1 $16,626 $16,626 1 Abramorama
19 David Lynch: The Art Life $14,863 51% 7 4 $2,123 $50,876 3 Janus
20 My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea $13,684 3 $4,561 $13,684 1 GKIDS
21 The Prison $11,117 -69% 2 -13 $5,559 $188,849 3 Well Go USA
22 Moonlight (2016) $9,509 -51% 12 -16 $792 $27,829,493 26 A24
23 Song To Song $9,289 -71% 15 -29 $619 $421,856 5 Broad Green Pictures
24 Neruda $8,476 -17% 11 -1 $771 $924,685 18 The Orchard
25 The Red Turtle $8,247 0% 15 3 $550 $882,521 13 Sony Pictures Classics
26 Passengers $5,527 -85% 4 -28 $1,382 $100,014,092 17 Sony / Columbia
27 Toni Erdmann $4,748 -51% 6 -9 $791 $1,459,669 17 Sony Pictures Classics
28 Julieta $4,510 -54% 6 -9 $752 $1,477,425 17 Sony Pictures Classics
29 All These Sleepless Nights $4,118 -9% 5 2 $824 $11,153 2 The Orchard
30 The Eagle Huntress $3,994 -55% 7 -4 $571 $3,162,153 24 Sony Pictures Classics
31 Glory $3,716 2 $1,858 $4,950 1 Film Movement
32 A Woman, A Part $3,672 864% 2 1 $1,836 $20,534 4 Strand Releasing
33 Alive and Kicking $3,386 -72% 5 -6 $677 $23,649 2 Magnolia Pictures
34 20th Century Women $2,674 -65% 7 -5 $382 $5,652,656 16 A24
35 The Founder $2,618 -66% 10 -15 $262 $12,780,714 13 Weinstein Company
36 Finding Oscar $2,365 1 $2,365 $2,365 1 FilmRise
37 Vince Giordano: There’s a Future in the Past $2,160 1 $2,160 $14,285 14 First Run Features
38 Donald Cried $1,979 -62% 8 2 $247 $59,213 7 The Orchard
39 Wilson $1,778 -86% 8 -20 $222 $652,997 4 Fox Searchlight
40 Tim Timmerman, Hope of America $1,702 -67% 1 -1 $1,702 $96,440 7 Purdie Distribution
41 SHOT! The Psycho-Spiritual Mantra of Rock $1,608 -76% 1 -1 $1,608 $11,699 2 Magnolia Pictures
42 Seven Beauties (1975) $1,536 1 $1,536 $1,536 1 Kino Lorber
43 The Transfiguration $1,323 -71% 1 0 $1,323 $7,743 2 Strand Releasing
44 The Lure $1,079 19% 1 0 $1,079 $92,033 11 Janus
45 Swept Away (1974) $1,011 1 $1,011 $1,011 1 Kino Lorber
46 Jackie $825 -55% 3 -1 $275 $13,958,679 20 Fox Searchlight
47 Manchester By the Sea $717 -86% 2 -5 $359 $47,692,955 22 Roadside / Amazon
48 Mr. Gaga: A True Story of Love and Dance $654 92% 1 0 $654 $172,608 11 Abramorama
49 Tomorrow $589 3 $196 $8,377 6 Under the Milky Way
50 Lovesong $487 306% 1 0 $487 $9,526 9 Strand Releasing
51 Apprentice $84 1 $84 $2,578 7 Film Movement

Sunday Update: The largest global opening weekend ever was the “fate” of one of the unlikeliest blockbuster franchises in history, as Universal’s action adventure The Fate of the Furious appeared to knock off the previously-untouchable Star Wars this weekend.

Fate took in an estimated $532.5 million worldwide, likely squeaking past the $529.0 million global start of Star Wars: The Force Awakens from December 2015. It also bests the $397.7 million start of previous series installment Furious 7 in April 2015, which was previously the fifth-best global weekend all time, now sixth-best.

Counting overseas grosses alone, Fate began with an estimated $432.3 million, absolutely shattering previous record holder Jurassic World with $316.7 million in June 2015 — an enormous $115.6 million gap. It also towers over the $250.5 million overseas-only start of Furious 7, previously the high mark for the franchise and sixth-best overseas start all time, now seventh-best. And its $190.0 million opening weekend in China is also a new record, beating previous record $182.4 million from Furious 7.

(Final numbers for Fate will be released on Monday, where it’s possible the film’s actuals could come in slightly below their Sunday estimates and maybe even below Force. Force also notched the global weekend record despite not opening in China until a month later, while Fate opened in China from the start.)

Domestically, Fate began with an estimated $100.2 million. While that’s great — any $100+ million opening weekend is — it’s below some analysts’ pre-release estimates, some of which had it potentially opening to $120+ million. This installment is currently estimated at “only” the 66th-best domestic opening weekend of all time, adjusted for inflation. In fact, adjusted for inflation, it starts third-highest of the eight Furious series installments — well below the $147.1 million debut of Furious 7 and just below the $100.5 million inflation-adjusted opening of Fast & Furious 6.

Still, Universal has nothing to complain about here. Any slight underwhelming domestic gross is more than cancelled out by the mammoth overseas total. In fact, of the 100 best global opening weekends of all time, Fate posted by far the highest percentage from overseas with an estimated 81.2 percent. That’s far larger than the previous record holder, 2011’s Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides with 74.3 percent. Fate represents Exhibit A of this decade’s unprecedented importance of non-U.S. markets to global box office receipts.

How did Fate pull off such a coup against Star Wars, the most financially successful series in movie history? Universal’s President of Domestic Distribution Nick Carpou tells Boxoffice Pro that factors include social media marketing, the timing on Easter weekend, and a combination of ‘new’ and ‘old’ (similar to The Force Awakens) that could appeal to all ages.

“The major actors in this series of films are ‘worldwide actors’ at the top of their game, who happened to have well-developed social media platforms,” Carpou tells Boxoffice Pro. “They’re constantly inviting their fans into the process to see what’s going on. That’s extraordinary, and keeps people interested and invested.”

This installment returned Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, and Jason Statham, as well as new additions Charlize Theron and Helen Mirren. Diesel has the sixth-most liked page worldwide on Facebook with 101.4 million likes, while the Fast and the Furious series in general ranks #35 with 61.0 million, Johnson ranks #39 with 57.9 million, Statham ranks #42 with 55.0 million, and the franchise’s deceased former star Paul Walker (whose page now promotes the new films) ranks #62 with 45.7 million.

“I believe we have the best marketing group in the business, bar none. They’re able to activate and energize this audience base,” Carpou says of the team that among other things helped put together the film’s Super Bowl commercial which netted the largest increase in Facebook likes among the six films that advertised during the game. “[Director] F. Gary Gray also directed Straight Outta Compton for us,” Carpou adds of the 2015 film that exceeded all box office expectations with $161.1 million domestically. “He’s an absolutely masterful filmmaker.”

Finally, the Easter weekend timing worked out well. “This is a great weekend for activating families, and the main storylines in this film are about family and diversity,” Carpou says of the film whose primary tagline on posters and advertisements was “Family no more.” The title starts with the inflation-adjusted third best Easter opening weekend ever, behind Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Furious 7.

Fate earned an “A” average CinemaScore from an audience that was 58 percent male, 50 percent under age 25, and 59 percent non-white in a reflection of the film’s racially diverse cast. It started with an estimated $45.8 million on Friday, including $10.4 million from Thursday evening shows, declined an estimated 30.5 percent on Saturday to $31.8 million, and is projected to fall a subsequent 28.9 percent on Sunday to $22.6 million. This places the opening weekend to Friday ratio at a very frontloaded 2.18 to 1, equal to the 2.18 of Furious 7.

“This is the eighth in a series of films that resonate strongly with our audience base, coming over 17 years since first movie,” Carpou says, referring to the original The Fast and the Furious from 2001. “The audiences continue to renew, including both people with it since the beginning and new people discovering the older titles. This saga is not based on a series of bestselling books. This is original material, expertly written, produced, directed, acted, and marketed.”

Although there were no other new wide releases this weekend, the previous two frames’ leader The Boss Baby from Fox declined an estimated 41.1 percent to $15.5 million and second place. It’s now earned $116.3 million to date.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast dropped an estimated 42.4 percent to $13.6 million and third place. The film, which crossed the global billion-dollar mark earlier this week and currently stands at $1.04 billion globally, has now earned $454.6 million domestically. On Saturday, it cracked the top 100 films of all time domestically when adjusted for inflation, now standing at #95 by that measure. (It ranks #12 unadjusted for inflation, though that list skews significantly more modern due to increased ticket prices.)

The top 10 films this weekend earned an estimated $312.7 million . That’s nearly triple the $106.2 million earned by the top 10 last weekend, and is more than triple the $91.1 million earned by the top 10 on this weekend last year, when The Boss led with $23.5 million. Fate made up an estimated 64.0 percent of this weekend’s top 10, lower than the 67.9 percent for Furious 7 despite there also being no other new wide releases that weekend.

Studio Weekend Estimates for Friday, April 14 – Sunday, April 16, 2017:

WIDE (1000+)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 The Fate of the Furious $100,200,000 4,310 $23,248 $100,200,000 1 Universal
2 The Boss Baby $15,540,000 -41% 3,743 -86 $4,152 $116,323,907 3 Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3 Beauty and the Beast $13,634,000 -42% 3,592 -377 $3,796 $454,649,751 5 Disney
4 Smurfs: The Lost Village $6,500,000 -51% 3,610 0 $1,801 $23,449,705 2 Sony / Columbia
5 Going in Style $6,350,000 -47% 3,076 15 $2,064 $23,376,352 2 Warner Bros. / New Line
6 Gifted $3,000,000 572% 1,146 1090 $2,618 $4,369,910 2 Fox Searchlight
7 Get Out $2,900,000 -29% 1,424 -150 $2,037 $167,530,015 8 Universal
8 Power Rangers $2,850,000 -54% 2,171 -807 $1,313 $80,563,748 4 Lionsgate
9 The Case For Christ $2,720,000 -31% 1,386 212 $1,962 $8,447,704 2 Pure Flix
10 Kong: Skull Island $2,670,000 -52% 2,018 -735 $1,323 $161,246,181 6 Warner Bros.
11 Ghost in the Shell $2,400,000 -67% 2,135 -1305 $1,124 $37,023,283 3 Paramount / DreamWorks
12 The Zookeeper’s Wife $2,065,000 -23% 1,057 251 $1,954 $10,667,955 3 Focus Features
13 Logan $1,910,000 -53% 1,415 -533 $1,350 $221,628,647 7 Fox
14 The Shack $700,000 -36% 1,048 -60 $668 $56,124,060 7 Lionsgate / Summit

LIMITED (100 — 999)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 Life (2017) $610,000 -74% 605 -1183 $1,008 $28,568,064 4 Sony / Columbia
2 Split $272,550 300% 128 7 $2,129 $137,818,960 13 Universal
3 T2: Trainspotting $230,000 -14% 331 172 $695 $230,000 7 Sony
3 T2: Trainspotting $230,000 -14% 331 172 $695 $230,000 7 Sony
3 T2: Trainspotting $230,000 -14% 331 172 $695 $230,000 7 Sony
3 T2: Trainspotting $230,000 -14% 331 172 $695 $230,000 7 Sony
7 Tommy’s Honour $218,920 167 $1,311 $218,920 1 Roadside Attractions
8 John Wick: Chapter 2 $153,000 -2% 208 46 $736 $91,751,134 10 Lionsgate / Summit
9 Hidden Figures $145,000 -45% 194 -94 $747 $168,547,380 17 Fox
10 Spark: A Space Tail $112,352 365 $308 $112,352 1 Open Road Films
11 La La Land $100,000 -39% 219 -5 $457 $150,880,838 19 Lionsgate / Summit
12 A Dog’s Purpose $87,352 -33% 149 -26 $586 $64,008,927 12 Universal
13 Lion $81,000 -48% 147 -56 $551 $51,520,226 21 Weinstein Company
14 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story $72,000 -53% 121 -56 $595 $532,074,947 18 Disney
15 Sing (2016) $62,440 -40% 132 -47 $473 $270,229,770 17 Universal

PLATFORM (1 — 99)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 Colossal $462,869 285% 98 94 $4,723 $616,344 2 Neon
2 Their Finest $360,000 372% 52 48 $6,923 $473,790 2 STX Entertainment
3 The Lost City of Z $112,633 4 $28,158 $112,633 1 Amazon Studios / Bleecker Street
4 The Belko Experiment $73,805 -64% 88 -98 $839 $9,586,700 5 BH Tilt
5 Personal Shopper $63,750 -53% 85 -56 $750 $1,143,962 6 IFC Films
6 The Devotion of Suspect X $40,000 -73% 21 -25 $1,905 $658,188 3 China Lion Films
7 Moana $33,000 -44% 65 -55 $508 $248,722,114 21 Disney
8 Truman $27,000 48% 8 5 $3,375 $53,214 2 Filmrise
9 Before I Fall $22,265 -66% 70 -198 $318 $12,192,530 7 Open Road
10 Raw $21,765 -59% 31 -14 $702 $455,349 6 Focus World
11 Graduation $19,530 90% 7 5 $2,790 $40,183 2 IFC Films / Sundance Selects
12 Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary $15,880 1 $15,880 $15,880 1 Abramorama
13 My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea $15,215 3 $5,072 $15,215 1 GKIDS
14 The Salesman $11,067 16 $692 $11,067 12 Cohen Media Group
15 Neruda $8,699 -15% 11 -1 $791 $924,908 18 The Orchard
16 All These Sleepless Nights $5,204 15% 5 2 $1,041 $12,239 2 The Orchard
17 Heal the Living $3,176 2 $1,588 $3,176 1 Cohen Media Group
18 Finding Oscar $3,000 1 $3,000 $3,000 1 FilmRise
19 Donald Cried $1,966 -62% 11 5 $179 $59,200 7 The Orchard
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    Don't Mind Me Now April 17, 2017

    It’s worth noting that FOTF got to this position because it loaded up on critical territories – specifically with getting the U.S. and China opening day and date. FORCE AWAKENS and FURIOUS 7 both had China open later. If you combine F7’s worldwide opening and China opening, you get a larger $580.1 million. Doing the same for FORCE AWAKENS pushes it to $581.3 million, which would keep it just barely in the lead. (JURASSIC WORLD, like FOTF, went global in its first weekend.)

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      Jacen April 17, 2017

      Yeah, the article has that ridiculous question–“Gorsh, how did F8 done beat Star Wars, gee whillikers”–when the answer is in the parenthetical paragraph a few stops earlier: no day-and-date Chinese opening for Force Awakens. Someone either wasn’t paying attention to what had been written or was ignoring it to make a case for F8 making a “coup.”

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