The Fate Of The Furious With Vin Diesel and The Rock Is A Hit With Online Piracy And Box Office
By Shawn Rice
Universal’s “The Fate of the Furious” is proving very successful at the box office but it also found success elsewhere. The film starring Vin Diesel and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is also being burning up the piracy networks.
“Fate of the Furious,” which bowed April 14th in the United States, was illegally shared 2.1 million times worldwide in the following seven days says piracy-analytics firm Tecxipio. The copies were illegally camcorded in cinemas and apparently originating from India. Though easily the most-pirated film for that week, it was far behind the previous series entry “Furious 7” which was pirated by 4.74 million users over a comparable seven-day span.
Big-budget Hollywood fare, particularly movies and TV shows that skew toward male audiences, remain very popular amongst illegal downloaders.
The Fate of the Furious easily topped the box office charts for the second week in a row in every market across the globe. Domestically, the eighth installment added $38.7 million to bring its total to $163.6 million, while internationally the film grossed another $163.4 million this weekend for an overseas total of $744.8 million.
That means the worldwide total for The Fate of the Furious is already up to $908.4 million, and it will cross the $1 billion mark this week. In 2015, Furious 7 earned $353 million in North America and $1.163 billion internationally, for a worldwide total of $1.516 billion.
Now that Dom and Letty are on their honeymoon and Brian and Mia have retired from the game—and the rest of the crew has been exonerated—the globetrotting team has found a semblance of a normal life. But when a mysterious woman (Oscar winner Charlize Theron) seduces Dom into the world of crime he can’t seem to escape and a betrayal of those closest to him, they will face trials that will test them as never before.
From the shores of Cuba and the streets of New York City to the icy plains off the arctic Barents Sea, our elite force will crisscross the globe to stop an anarchist from unleashing chaos on the world’s stage…and to bring home the man who made them a family.
For The Fate of the Furious, Vin Diesel is joined by a returning all-star cast that includes Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel, Elsa Pataky and Kurt Russell. In addition to Theron, the series welcomes newcomers Scott Eastwood and Oscar winner Helen Mirren. The film is directed by F. Gary Gray (Straight Outta Compton) and produced by returning producers Neal H. Moritz, Michael Fottrell and Diesel.
What did you think of the film? Did you see it in the theater or were you one of the individuals that illegally downloaded the film? Let us know in the comments section.
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