UPDATED: 'Fast & Furious 6' Earns $34M From 4 Days in China
on July 27, 2013
Tuesday Update: Revised numbers from Entgroup indicate that Fast 6 has taken in a whopping $34 million from Friday-Monday in China. A source in China tells BoxOffice the figure is significantly higher than originally estimated due to a delay in reported grosses from one of the country's top theater chains.
Sunday Update #2: Official word from Universal is estimating the final weekend tally for Fast 6 to close out at $24 million. It marks the second highest opening of the year for a Hollywood film in China behind Iron Man 3. China is the last territory in the theatrical run of Fast 6. The market is responsible for helping the film cross the half-billion overseas mark and reach a global cume that currently stands at $741.1 million.
Sunday Update: A slower Saturday increase than expected has Fast 6 looking at a $25 million opening weekend in China. Early estimates suggested the action flick could reach the $29 million mark after posting Universal's biggest opening day in the market. A modest increase over Saturday, however, is revising that figure to the $25 million range.
Sources also tell BoxOffice that White House Down will finish its seven-day opening week run in China at an estimated $19 million, a welcome tally for the troubled Sony release. The studio has also benefited from the Chinese market to boost the overseas performance of After Earth, which is expected to finish third weekend in China with a $33.2 million cume
Saturday Update: Sources tell BoxOffice that Fast & Furious 6 managed roughly $7.9 million (48.5 million yuan) on its first day of release in China. That puts F&F6 behind only Iron Man 3's opening day haul of $20 million (121 million yuan) on the list of 2013's best opening days for Hollywood films in China. F&F 6's opening day is also the strongest Universal has ever had in the Middle Kingdom, easily topping the $3 million (18.5 million yuan) opening day of 2012's Battleship. Projections indicate that F&F 6 could end up with $29.4 million (180 million yuan) after 3 days of release in China.
F&F 6's first day ranks 5th overall this year behind Iron Man 3, Journey to the West, Tiny Times and The Switch.
Wednesday Update: If Fast & Furious 6's theatrical run were to end today, its $712.8 million global haul would still be viewed as a massive success.
But Fast & Furious 6's run is not over yet. Far from it. Universal's juggernaut will open in China, the world's second-largest theatrical market, on July 26. This release will be particularly important for Universal following the confusing rejection of Despicable Me 2 by government officials in China.
Sources tell BoxOffice that Fast & Furious 6 could end up with $70 million in China even though rampant piracy--a problem that also hurt such blockbusters as Inception and Skyfall--is likely to hinder the film slightly. A $70 million haul in China would help Fast & Furious 6 hit $800 million globally, and it would also mark a sizable improvement over 2011's Fast Five's $40.5 million haul in the Middle Kingdom.
A wild card for Fast & Furious 6 comes in the form of co-star Dwayne Johnson. Johnson has quite the following in China. 2012's Journey 2: The Mysterious Island roped in a healthy $59 million there, while earlier this year G.I. Joe: Retaliation posted a strong $54 million take.
The global growth from Fast Five to Fast & Furious 6 is staggering. Fast Five revived the property by taking in $628.6 million, and now Fast 6 is running 14.2 percent ahead of it. Universal may not have a superhero franchise like Warner Bros. or Disney, but they've effectively turned the Fast and Furious films into something just as strong. The question now is whether or not Fast 7 can join the club of films that have grossed $1 billion worldwide. We certainly aren't ruling that out.
Logan Krum contributed to this article.
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