Skip to main content

Box office hits and misses: ‘Fate of the Furious’ passes $900 million globally

'The Fate of the Furious' review
Image used with permission by copyright holder
This weekend’s list of the highest-grossing movies looked a lot like last week’s list, with The Fate of the Furious continuing to race ahead of every other movie in theaters.

Universal Pictures’ blockbuster sequel is on pace to fall short of its predecessor, Furious 7, in U.S. theaters, but it’s making up for its so-so domestic performance with a massive showing internationally. The film crossed the $900 million mark worldwide over the weekend, and will certainly move past $1 billion over the next few days.

For the sake of reference, current franchise record-holder Furious 7 earned $353 million domestically over the course of its 11-week run, and left theaters with $1.5 billion worldwide. The Fate of the Furious has yet to open in Japan, and is already the second highest-grossing U.S. movie of all time in China (the world’s second-largest market) after Furious 7, which it’s likely to pass in the near future.

# Title Weekend U.S. Total Worldwide Total
1. The Fate of the Furious $38.6M $163.5M $908.3M
2. The Boss Baby $12.7M $136.9M $358.1M
3. Beauty and the Beast $9.9M $471M $1.1B
4. Born in China $5.1M $5.1M $14.6M
5. Going in Style $5M $31.7M $50.8M
6. Smurfs: The Lost Village $4.8M $33.3M $133.6M
7. Unforgettable $4.8M $4.8M $6.5M
8. Gifted $4.5M $10.7M $10.7M
9. The Promise $4M $4M $4M
10. The Lost City of Z $2.1M $2.3M $2.3M

As for the rest of the weekend’s movies, the second- and third-place films remained the same from last week, with the animated feature The Boss Baby continuing its surprisingly successful run by adding another $12.7 million in U.S. theaters, and Disney’s live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast bringing its massive worldwide run up to $1.1 billion.

The story wasn’t nearly as positive for most of the week’s new releases.

Disney Nature’s animal documentary Born in China enjoyed the highest-grossing premiere with $5.1 million domestically, giving it the best debut of any of Disney’s documentaries since 2012’s Chimpanzee. On the flip side, the romantic thriller Unforgettable and the historical drama The Promise both underperformed expectations with $4.8 million and $4 million, respectively.

This upcoming week will likely extend the winning streak for The Fate of the Furious, which doesn’t face too much competition from new releases. The biggest movie premiering in theaters is director James Ponsoldt’s The Circle, which casts Tom Hanks and Emma Watson in an adaptation of Dave Eggers’ 2013 novel of the same name that explores the nature of privacy and freedom in the internet age. Also hitting theaters this week is the supernatural thriller Voice from the Stone with Emilia Clarke, and the crime drama Sleight, which follows a talented street magician who must use his abilities to rescue his sister from a ruthless drug dealer.

Rick Marshall
A veteran journalist with more than two decades of experience covering local and national news, arts and entertainment, and…
The best movies on Amazon Prime Video (June 2024)
Johnny Depp in Black Mass.

The pickings are slim this week on Amazon Prime Video. Next week's big arrival, Oppenheimer, is easily the top film of the month as well as the reigning Best Picture winner at the Oscars. In the meantime, there's not much in the way of selection for new movies to watch. Ironically, both of our new additions this week were originally in theaters in 2015. The first is a true crime story starring Johnny Depp called Black Mass, and the second is Daddy's Home, a family comedy starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg.

Keep reading for our complete roundup of the best movies on Amazon Prime Video right now. We update the list every Friday so you'll always have something fun to watch on the weekend.

Read more
The best new shows to stream on Netflix, Hulu, Max (HBO), and more
Matt Smith in House of the Dragon in a dark photo looking menacing.

This is the big week we've been waiting for in the streaming-verse. Not only has Prime Video debuted the first three episodes of The Boys season 4, but on Sunday, June 16, HBO and Max are premiering the second season of House of the Dragon. Between those two shows alone, genre fans are in for a treat. Also on Sunday, MGM+ is debuting its new crime drama, Hotel Cocaine.

Meanwhile, Netflix is giving romance lovers the second half of Bridgerton season 3. And if you missed any of the other big premieres in June including The Acolyte, Clipped, and more, they're all among the best new shows to stream below.

Read more
The Boys shouldn’t end with season 5
The cast of The Boys.

Showrunner Eric Kripke recently confirmed The Boys will end in season 5. The announcement came only a few days after speculation emerged about the show possibly going beyond its initial five-season plan, especially considering the highly-anticipated season 4 returns this week to strong reviews and incredible hype from audiences.

The thing is, it makes sense to end The Boys with season 5 -- it also makes no sense to end The Boys with season 5. The show is undisputedly the crown jewel of Amazon Prime Video, earning the type of views and generating the kind of discussion few television projects can. In short, The Boys is a true phenomenon, the likes of which we are getting less used to. Only a few other TV projects can compare to The Boys' influence on pop culture -- certainly none from Prime Video. So, while ending a show in the showrunner's terms will always be a good thing, a strong case can be made for why The Boys should continue beyond its five-season arc, albeit with some changes.
Leave while you're on top?

Read more