As it celebrates its sixteenth birthday this year, the Fast and Furious franchise has recently driven out its eighth installment. Titled, The Fate of the Furious, Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and the crew get back together in another high-octane action flick that fans of the series know all too well.
This time around the team gears up without Paul Walker for the first time but brings back newer faces such as Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) and government agent “Mr. Nobody” (Kurt Russell). Missing one of the first faces of the franchise reflects in The Fate of the Furious’ dip in opening numbers compared to Furious 7. But the film has still shown great success.
Having opened midway through April, The Fate of the Furious has established itself as the second-best domestic opening of the franchise behind its predecessor Furious 7 at a respectable $98,786,705 and is on pace to easily take the same spot in total domestic movie gross (currently at $197,645,540).
This box-office haul makes it the number three all-time domestic opener in the month of April behind Furious 7 and The Jungle Book but still ahead movies such as Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) and Clash of the Titans (2010).
In the international market, it was able to throttle up to a record-breaking $904,303,263 which pushes this box office hit past the $1 billion mark worldwide with just two weeks in theaters.
Having shown sustained success, Universal has already green lit future movies for the franchise. Fast and Furious nine is on the slate for a 2019 release followed by Fast and Furious 10 in 2021.
While the franchise is planned to finish with a tenth and final movie, there have been some rumblings around Hollywood of a buddy cop type spin-off starring characters Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) and Agent Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson). Although being in the early stages, writers have already met to discuss options to extend the franchise.