Folks in North America may not care that much about Fast & Furious anymore, but the franchise is still going strong globally. Previously, we reported that Hobbs & Shaw, the first spinoff in the franchise starring The Rock and Jason Statham merely grossed $US 60 million at the North American box office — the lowest North American opening weekend of the franchise since 2006’s Tokyo Drift‘s $US 23.9 million.
After four weekends, Hobbs & Shaw has now grossed slightly more than $US 147 million in North America, making it only the 6th highest-grossing movie in the franchise. There’s still a very slim possibility of it beating Fast and Furious (2009)’s $US 155 million gross, but it’s pretty much set in stone at this point that it’s not going to surpass Fast Five‘s $US 209.8 million. Furious 7 tops the list with $US 353 million, followed by Fast & Furious 6 ($US 238.6 million) and The Fate of the Furious ($US 226 million).
Outside of North America, though, the franchise is still driving at top speed. After four weekends, Hobbs & Shaw grossed over $US 440 million, making it the fourth highest-earning Fast & Furious movie outside NA. A large chunk of its earnings comes from China. The film opened in China this past weekend and raked in an estimated $US 105-115 million. I think it’s more than likely that Hobbs & Shaw makes another $US 100 million in China by the end of its run.
This puts the David Leitch film at an estimated $US 588 million worldwide, the fifth-highest in the franchise — lower than Furious 7 ($US 1.5 billion), The Fate of the Furious ($US 1.2 billion), Fast & Furious 6 (US$ 788 million) and Fast Five ($US 626 million). However, seeing as how China is just getting started, there is a very strong possibility that Hobbs & Shaw ends its run with around $US 750 million and a slim chance that it even rakes in around $US 800 million. For a spinoff film, that is a very, very strong number.