Until this past weekend, Jordan Peele held the record for the highest grossing film domestically for a Black director.
However, that all changed with the debut of F. Gary Gray’s The Fate of the Furious. But that’s not even the half of it. The eight installment of the Fast and the Furious franchise has broken the all-time record for the highest opening of any film worldwide, with $532 million dollars and counting.
With $100.2 million made in the United States alone its opening weekend, The Fate of the Furious didn’t quite beat the domestic numbers of Furious 7 ($147 million) but globally, the numbers have been astounding. The Fate of the Furious is the highest advance ticket pre-sales in China for any film EVER in the history of time. Previously, Star Wars: The Force Awakens held the record.
Though Peele still holds the record for the highest grossing film domestically for a Black director with Get Out at $166 million, that’s all about to change. Fast 8 hasn’t even been out for a week yet. Still, F. Gary Gray, who is also the genius behind 1995’s Friday is no stranger to fanfare. His 2015 flick, Straight Outta Compton comes in at number three with $162.8 million made in U.S. box offices.
Prior to Compton, Keenan Ivory Winans’ Scary Movie held the record. Still, Tim Story is the Black director to beat with multiple films grossing over $100 million. Those films include 2005’s Fantastic Four, Ride Along, Ride Along 2 and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.
Despite it being the eighth film in sixteen years, The Fate of the Furious gave it’s fans what they wanted. From the return of the core cast to the flashy cars and haphazard but fun narrative; the film proved the series hasn’t quite run out of gas. Though The Fate of the Furious is an incredible feat for Gray, he’ll probably be handing over the crown to Ryan Coogler in less than a year. Black Panther is set to come roaring into theaters February 16, 2018, and Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle In Time is set to hit big screens on April 6, 2018. We’re sure they are going to give Fast 8 a run for its money.