The Fate of the Furious

This movie could have been a bomb, but so what?

The eighth instillment of the 'Fast' franchise has already pulled in $432.2 million internationally. 

With only hours left in the weekend, ‘The Fate Of The Furious’ is on track to shatter the opening-weekend box office record set by ‘The Force Awakens’ in 2015.

As predicted by pundits, the eighth edition of the film series performed hugely in the worldwide box office in its opening weekend. In North America alone it earned $100.2 million – though, as Comic Book Resources note, this was actually lower than expected.

However, the movie went above-and-beyond for fans internationally pulling in $432.2 million which leaves the film at a projected total of $532.5 million.

If you're going to evaluate these films as if they were serious, thought-provoking treatments on family, international car theft, and mayhem, you could sit and dismantle them one by one. The entire series spans the careers of everyone involved. I'm not going to write a serious review. No spoilers here. I'm just going to give my reaction.

One, the whole thing is lacking in the Paul Walker department. Even CGI Paul Walker would have been welcome. Something. Anything. It's really sad, and Scott Eastwood is no Paul Walker.

Two, everything is implausible, but that's okay.

Three, Charlize Theron is a terrific villain. Hollywood should probably notice this.

Four, you can see why Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel don't get along. They are two alphas in a world full of wisecracking betas. This film looked like it took forever to shoot. If anyone or anything were to delay filming on such a complicated movie, I would get pissed, too.

Five, the real star of all of this should be Michelle Rodriguez, and she should get her own franchise. She's a tremendous star and is allowed to be tough and resilient and powerful in these films, but just not enough.

All in all, it was worth it and I was not disappointed. I did not arrive with huge expectations. They spent every penny of their budget well, and used more stunt persons than actual actors, it looked like.