Here’s a fun piece of trivia: The Fate of the Furious made more money than the nine other movies behind it in the weekend box office Top 10.
Or how about this one: based on current estimates, The Fate of the Furious is the owner of the biggest worldwide box office opening of all time, with $532.5 million. It comes in just ahead of previous record-holder Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which opened in 2015 with $529 million.
In the United States, Universal’s latest physics-mocking installment in a series about fast cars and hand-operated torpedoes comes to an estimated $100.2 million. Assuming that number holds, it’s enough for the second-biggest opening in franchise history.
Furious 7, which marked the late series stalwart Paul Walker’s final Fast appearance, beats Fate by a wide margin. The 2015 release, which also opened in April, picked up $147.2 million in its first three days.
The Fate of the Furious is also eyeing yet another big record. It’s currently poised to exit the weekend as the third-highest April opening of all time, behind Furious 7 at #1 and Disney’s live-action adaptation of The Jungle Book ($103.3 million) at #2.
Two others from the series Fast Five (2011, $86.2 million opening) and Fast & Furious (2009, $71 million opening) are also April hits. Both place in the month’s Top 10 for all-time box office openings, at #5 and #6, respectively.
In other words: The Fate of the Furious is an historically massive hit, and the series as a whole continues to prove itself as one of the most bankable blockbusters in Hollywood.
The Boss Baby and Beauty and the Beast claim the weekend’s #2 and #3 spots with $15.5 million and $13.6 million, respectively. Baby has held up surprisingly well, with an overall lack of family-friendly competition creating an opportunity.
Beauty, now finishing its fifth weekend, creeps ever-closer to a $500 million U.S. box office, with the current weekend estimate bringing it to $454.6. It may struggle to hit that milestone in the weeks ahead, though as with Baby the relative dearth of competition should help.
Although it’s nowhere near breaching the Top 10 with a limited, four-theater opening and only $112,633 in ticket sales, The Lost City of Z is worth a mention. It’s Bleecker Street’s second distribution deal with an internet streaming partner Amazon, in this case.
Previously, Bleecker Street partnered with Netflix on the theatrical release of Beasts of No Nation. That one opened in more theaters 31 in its opening weekend, then 21 in its second and grossed $90,777 across two weeks.
Lost City is already proving to be a better bet, with an opening weekend estimate that exceeds Beasts‘ lifetime total and in far fewer theaters.
All box office figures provided by comScore and Box Office Mojo.
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