The Fate of the Furious Opening Numbers Make Records For Director F. Gary Gray

According to BlackFilm.com, Universal Pictures‘ The Fate of the Furious opened No. 1 in North America and all 63 international markets where it was released. Playing in nearly 23,000 theaters around the world, including IMAX, the eighth installment took in an estimated worldwide gross of $532.5 million worldwide ($100.2 million domestic, $432.3 million international).

The global box office gross also beats the previous record holder – “Star Wars The Force Awakens” – which opened with $529 worldwide. Keep in mind that “Awakens” had not opened in China until a month later.

For director F. Gary Gray, several records were made this week. No African American director ever had a film open No. 1 in this many countries. With $100.2M domestically, it’s the highest-grossing opening for an African American director, surpassing his own record ($60M) that he set with 2015’s Straight Outta Compton. With that worldwide gross, it’s also highest grossing film for African American director, surpassing Tim Story’s 2005 Fantastic Four, which took in $330M worldwide.

F. Gary Gray also tied Story as the only African American directors to have 3 $100M grossing films domestically. Gray has 20017’s The Fate of the Furious ($100.1M), 2015’s Straight Outta Compton ($161M), and 2003’s The Italian Job ($106.1), while Story has 2005’s Fantastic Four ($154.6M), 2007’s Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer ($131.9M) and 2014’s Ride Along ($134.9).

According to research done by Shadow and Act“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.”

The film stars Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jason Statham, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel, Elsa Pataky, Kurt Russell, Scott Eastwood, Charlize Theron and Helen Mirren. Now that Dom and Letty are on their honeymoon and Brian and Mia have retired from the game—and the rest of the crew has been exonerated—the globetrotting team has found a semblance of a normal life. But when a mysterious woman (Oscar winner Charlize Theron) seduces Dom into the world of crime he can’t seem to escape and a betrayal of those closest to him, they will face trials that will test them as never before.

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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