F. Gary Gray’s “The Fate of the Furious,” the eighth film in the “Fast and the Furious” series, opens around much of the world over the next day or two.
Reviews are anaemic so far with only two dozen showing up on critical aggregation sites, mostly from premiere attendees. Even so, there’s enough that the early score for the film is about in line with the sixth film and behind the fifth and seventh. That may change as more come in.
What won’t be a shock though is the box-office. While the three and in some places four-day Easter holiday isn’t a big film going one for the United States, it’s one of the biggest holidays of the year around much of the world and that global market is set to reward Vin Diesel and co. in spades.
“The Fate of the Furious,” which is said to have a budget of $250 million, is expected to top $380 million and could even blow past the $400 million mark from 63 markets globally by the end of Sunday – that would match the $397.7 million opening of the last film.
The opening will be helped by openings in China and Russia this weekend, as opposed to “Furious 7” which opened later in those countries. Domestically though, the film is tracking softer with an opening of around $100 million estimated – down from the $147.2 million launch of “Furious 7”.