The Fate of the Furious set box office records with weekend with the eight installment of the movie opening over Easter weekend. But it also puts one Black director in a company by himself.
“The Fast and the Furious” was the No. 1 film this weekend with $100.2 million, which is by any means extraordinary. But it is actually less than the previous F&F movie, “Furious 7”, which opened with $147 million. But it’s still more than 2013’s “Fast & Furious 6” which opened with $97 million. But who’s going to complain about a film grossing over $100 million over a weekend?
And in terms of global box office, “Furious 8” has broken the all-time record for the highest opening of any film worldwide, with $532 million. This is not surprising, since the film also had the highest advance ticket pre-sales in China for any film ever, Hollywood or Chinese. And that global box office tally beats the previous record holder – “Star Wars The Force Awakens” – which opened with $529 worldwide.
But “Furious 8” also makes another kind of history as director F. Gary Gray becomes the black director with the highest worldwide box office grossing film ever! And it doesn’t stop there. With that $532 million worldwide weekend opening for “Fate”, Gray is now the most successful black director to date, with the highest worldwide box office totals (counting all his films), just edging out Tim Story.
Since 2005, Story’s films have grossed $1.21 billion worldwide, but Gray’s films, since his first – 1995’s “Friday” – have grossed $1.24 billion; and as “Fate’s” numbers continue to grow over the next several weeks/months that the film is in theaters round the world, that Gray’s totals will get even bigger.
As for the rest of the weekend, Fox’s “The Boss Baby” comes in a very distant second place with $15 million, for $116 million total domestic; and Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” comes in third (I has already passed the $1 billion earnings mark worldwide).
Meanwhile, “Kong Skull Island” has been a huge hit for Universal, making some $161 million domestically, and has grossed almost $553 million worldwide. And “Get Out” continues to add to its total, and has yet to break into some major foreign territories; but it’s proven to be a huge hit in the UK, and it has even has grossed almost five times more in the United Arab Emirates than it has in South Africa. Who can explain that? The film has grossed $183.5 million worldwide to date, easily heading for at least $200 million globally.
The weekend’s top 12 earners follow below:
1) The Fate of the Furious Uni. $100,181,640
2) The Boss Baby Fox $15,540,000 Total: $116,323,907
3) Beauty and the Beast BV $13,634,000 Total: $454,649,751
4) Smurfs: The Lost Village Sony $6,500,000 Total: $24,728,326
5) Going in Style WB (NL) $6,350,000 Total: $23,376,352
6) Gifted FoxS $3,000,000 Total: $4,369,910
7) Get Out Uni. $2,917,865 Total: $167,547,880
8) Power Rangers LGF $2,850,000 Total: $80,563,748
9) The Case for Christ PFR $2,720,000 Total: $8,447,704
10) Kong: Skull Island WB $2,670,000 Total: $161,246,181
11) Ghost in the Shell Par. $2,400,000 Total: $37,023,283
12) The Zookeeper’s Wife Focus $2,064,945 Total: $10,667,900