THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS Score: C
Run Time: 136 minutes
The relationship between the United States and China remains both top of the mind and a paradox this past week. Films such as THE PROMISE and THEIR FINEST are stark reminders that man’s inhumanity to man remains perhaps the greatest tragedy of life on this planet. But when it comes to the movie business — boy is it is one planet!
Consider this: over last week’s opening weekend, THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS took in $100.2 million between Thursday night and Sunday.
Ready to drop your jaw: The film took in an additional $432.3 million in more than 30 countries overseas, including China — with $190 million in weekend ticket sales.
THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS had the third largest opening in the series’ history and one of the best domestic opening weekends on record for an April release.
Two more mind-blowing statistics: It cost Universal Pictures more than $350 million to make and market worldwide. Last weekend it played in nearly 23,000 theaters around the world. One planet indeed.
Unfortunately, this reviewer was greatly disappointed by this FURIOUS #8. It left me cold. Something was definitely missing far beyond the loss of Paul Walker. The screenplay lacked focus. There was far too much excess in what seemed to be overly long segments. Diehard fans will strongly disagree of course. I sat in my seat long after the credits rolled and the lights came up. The movie was just okay. Thus, a C rating.