Vin Diesel and the gang have done it again with another record-breaking opening in China for the latest installment in the incredibly popular Fast and Furious franchise.
From Friday to Saturday, The Fate of the Furious took in a staggering $190 million at the Chinese box office, helping to give the film a record $432.2 million global launch while earning $532.2 million overall.
Still, Director F. Gary Gray’s latest blockbuster did not technically score the biggest opening weekend of all time in China. That honor still belongs to Stephen Chow’s The Mermaid, which benefited from a four-day opening at the start of last year’s Spring Festival holiday. Fate of the Furious had to settle for the biggest opening weekend of all time in China for a foreign movie.
The previous installment in the series, Furious 7, became the highest grossing film ever in China when it was released in 2015 before being surpassed later that year by a domestic 3D fantasy adventure that got a little extra help. Furious 7 remains the highest-grossing Hollywood movie in Chinese history and its sequel will have to keep up the pace if it wants a chance at overtaking it.
The Fate of the Furious completely dominated the world’s second-largest box office over the weekend. The second highest grossing movie was A Chinese Odyssey Part 2: Cinderella which took in $12 million, just $3 million more than the Fate of the Furious made on midnight screenings.
With trade negotiations ongoing between US and Chinese officials, some experts believe that China is likely to raise its quota on foreign movies that can be shown each year in Chinese theaters, allowing for even more indistinguishable Hollywood action-adventure blockbusters to stream into the country.
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