The Fate of the Furious is lagging behind its predecessor in the U.S., but its $900 million worldwide shows the growing power of the international box office.
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.