Box office: The Fate of the Furious breaks records overseas and worldwide but slips somewhat in North America

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The Fast and the Furious franchise set some new records at the box office this week.

The Fate of the Furious — the eighth installment in the 16-year-old series — grossed an estimated $532.5 million around the world this weekend, thereby breaking the record set two years ago by Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($529 million).

Of the new film’s global haul, $432.3 million came from overseas — far surpassing the foreign record set by Jurassic World ($316.7 million) — and $100.2 million came from North America, which is hardly a record (the film ranks 42nd among domestic openings, well behind Furious 7’s $147.2 million) but is still pretty good.

The only other new film in the top ten this week was Gifted, which stars Chris Evans as a man who gets into a custody battle with his mathematically talented niece’s grandmother. That film, which had a limited release last week, expanded to 1,146 theatres this week and landed in sixth place with $3 million.

Two “faith-based” films did well at the box office this Easter weekend, too.

The Case for Christ, which cracked the top ten when it opened in 1,174 theatres last week, had a slight expansion to 1,386 theatres this week and landed in ninth place with $2.72 million, thereby raising its domestic cume to $8.4 million.

Meanwhile, The Shack landed in 14th place with $700,000 in its seventh week.

The Shack had the fourth-best first and second weeks of any “faith-based” film, and, if the estimates hold, this week it will have the eighth-best seventh weekend:

  • 2004 — The Passion of the Christ — $15.2 million
  • 2015 — War Room — $1.9 million
  • 2014 — God’s Not Dead — $1.8 million
  • 2008 — Fireproof — $1.6 million
  • 2011 — Courageous — $1.0 million
  • 2011 — Soul Surfer — $930,008
  • 2014 — Heaven Is for Real — $800,872
  • 2017 — The Shack — $700,000
  • 2006 — Facing the Giants — $674,945
  • 2016 — Miracles from Heaven — $536,864

The Shack has earned $56.1 million after forty-five days, and thus still ranks seventh among “faith-based” films in terms of total North American gross…

  • 2004 — The Passion of the Christ — $370.8 million
  • 2014 — Heaven Is for Real — $91.4 million
  • 2015 — War Room — $67.8 million
  • 2016 — Miracles from Heaven — $61.7 million
  • 2014 — God’s Not Dead — $60.8 million
  • 2014 — Son of God — $59.7 million
  • 2017 — The Shack — $56.1 million
  • 2011 — Soul Surfer — $43.9 million
  • 2006 — The Nativity Story — $37.6 million
  • 2016 — Risen — $36.9 million

…and sixth among Bible and/or Jesus films released in the past 40 years:

  • 2004 — The Passion of the Christ — $370.8 million
  • 1998 — The Prince of Egypt — $101.4 million
  • 2014 — Noah — $101.2 million
  • 2014 — Exodus: Gods and Kings — $65 million
  • 2014 — Son of God — $59.7 million
  • 2017 — The Shack — $56.1 million
  • 2009 — Year One — $43.3 million
  • 2006 — The Nativity Story — $37.6 million
  • 2016 — Risen — $36.9 million
  • 1981 — History of the World, Part I — $31.7 million
  • 2016 — Hail, Caesar! — $30.5 million
  • 2016 — Ben-Hur — $26.4 million
  • 2002 — Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie — $25.6 million
  • 1979 — Monty Python’s Life of Brian — $20 million
  • 1980 — Wholly Moses! — $14.2 million
  • 2006 — One Night with the King — $13.4 million
  • 1988 — The Last Temptation of Christ — $8.4 million
  • 2016 — The Young Messiah — $6.5 million
  • 1985 — King David — $5.1 million
  • 2003 — The Gospel of John — $4.1 million

The Shack has earned another $12 million overseas, which is better than most “faith-based” films have done.1 The film now ranks fifth within the genre overseas…

  • 2004 — The Passion of the Christ — $241.1 million
  • 2003 — Luther — $23.6 million
  • 2014 — Left Behind — $13.4 million
  • 2016 — Miracles from Heaven — $12.2 million
  • 2017 — The Shack — $12 million
  • 2014 — Son of God — $11.1 million
  • 2015 — Little Boy — $10.9 million
  • 2014 — Heaven Is for Real — $9.9 million
  • 2016 — Risen — $9.2 million
  • 2006 — The Nativity Story — $8.8 million

…and sixth worldwide:

  • 2004 — The Passion of the Christ — $370.8 + 241.1 = 611.9 million
  • 2014 — Heaven Is for Real — $91.4 + 9.9 = 101.3 million
  • 2016 — Miracles from Heaven — $61.7 + 12.2 = 73.9 million
  • 2015 — War Room — $67.8 + 5.5 = 73.3 million
  • 2014 — Son of God — $59.7 + 11.1 = 70.8 million
  • 2017 — The Shack — $56.1 + 12.0 = 68.1 million
  • 2014 — God’s Not Dead — $60.8 + 3.9 = 64.7 million
  • 2011 — Soul Surfer — $43.9 + 3.2 = 47.1 million
  • 2006 — The Nativity Story — $37.6 + 8.8 = 46.4 million
  • 2016 — Risen — $36.9 + 9.2 = 46.1 million

Meanwhile, in other box-office news…

The Boss Baby earned $15.5 million and ranked second in its third week, thereby raising its domestic cume to $116.3 million. The film has earned another $122.6 million overseas, for a global total of $238.9 million.

Beauty and the Beast earned $13.6 million and ranked third in its fifth week, thereby raising its domestic cume to $454.6 million. The film has earned another $588.4 million overseas, for a global total of $1.043 billion.

Smurfs: The Lost Village earned $6.5 million and ranked fourth in its second week, thereby raising its domestic cume to $24.7 million. The film has earned another $70.3 million overseas, for a global total of $95 million.

Going in Style earned $6.4 million and ranked fifth in its second week, thereby raising its domestic cume to $23.4 million. The film has earned another $11.7 million overseas, for a global total of $35.1 million.

Get Out earned $2.92 million and ranked seventh in its eighth week, thereby raising its domestic cume to $167.5 million. The film has earned another $16 million overseas, for a global total of $183.5 million.

Power Rangers earned $2.85 million and ranked eighth in its fourth week, thereby raising its domestic cume to $80.6 million. The film has earned another $47.7 million overseas, for a global total of $128.3 million.

And Kong: Skull Island earned $2.67 million and ranked tenth in its sixth week, thereby raising its domestic cume to $161.2 million. The film has earned another $391.1 million overseas, for a global total of $552.3 million.

Next week brings us Born in China, Free Fire, The Promise and Unforgettable.

1. The foreign-gross figures at Box Office Mojo are incomplete and sometimes out of date. In some cases, a movie’s summary page will list no foreign grosses at all, but clicking on the “foreign” button will produce a list of grosses from individual countries. And sometimes, when a film does have a figure that sums up the film’s foreign grosses, that figure is less up-to-date than the information for the individual countries. So, I have clicked on the “foreign” buttons for the top 50 “faith-based” films and, when the “foreign” figure is older than the figures for the individual countries, I have tallied the foreign figures myself. But the stats listed here all rely on figures that come from Box Office Mojo, and could thus still be incomplete.

About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his award-winning film column for that paper, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He has also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004), Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005) and The Bible in Motion: A Handbook of the Bible and Its Reception in Film (De Gruyter, 2016).